Located approximately five miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a 77-acre facility that is home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of diverse species. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country.
African Lions at the Pittsburgh Zoo
African lions relax on a rock in this photo taken of African lions at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
African lions (Panthera leo) come from the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa and India. The female African lions seen in this photo can be as large as seven to eight feet long and weight between 270 and 350 pounds.
Western Lowland Gorilla
This Western Lowland Gorilla looks almost human in this gorilla photo taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium has the largest family group of Western lowland gorillas in captivity in North America, an 11-member group that lives together 24 hours a day. The gorillas can be enjoyed in their natural habitat in the Tropical Forest Complex at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
The largest of the primates, gorillas are stocky, powerful apes with large nostrils and prominent brows. Male gorillas weigh up to 600 pounds and reach 6 feet tall, while females reach 200 pounds and stand up to 5 feet tall. Primarily vegetarians, gorillas eat fruits, plants and other vegetation. Despite their fierce appearance and displays of chest-beating, gorillas are actually very gentle and intelligent creatures.
One of three species of gorilla, the western lowland gorilla lives in the tropical rainforests of West Africa. It is an endangered species, with an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 remaining in the wild. There are presently over 300 lowland gorillas in North American zoos, including the troop of gorillas at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
This Kodiak Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) at the Pittsburgh Zoo is one of the world's largest land carnivores.
This poisonous timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) is a favorite with kids at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
A beautiful pink fish swims in an exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
A brown duck swims gracefully through the water at the Pittsburgh Zoo, as seen in this photo.
The reticulated giraffe in this picture is enjoying its naturalistic habitat at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
A peacock shows off its brilliant plumage in this peacock photo taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
A Siberian tiger roams through the naturalistic Asian Forest exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Tigers live in the mangrove swamps, marshes and tall grasslands of southeast Asia, India and Siberia. They are the largest living feline, weighing up to 675 pounds and growing up to 10 feet in length from head to tail. The Amur region, where the tigers from the Pittsburgh Zoo come from, is at the same longitude as Pennsylvania and includes many of the same plants.
Siberian tigers are an endangered species, and the Pittsburgh Zoo has begun a new breeding program as part of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association's Siberian Tiger Species Survival Plan.
Fish & Coral
An extensive tropical saltwater gallery in the PPG Aquarium displays hundreds of dazzlingly beautiful tropical fish from reef habitats around the world.
The living coral collection at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is the largest such collection in the continental U.S. Unlike most aquariums, however, the reef structure in almost every exhibit in the PPG Aquarium is comprised of live coral. A large portion of the Aquarium's quarantine building is dedicated as a Coral Propagation Facility for ongoing research and propagation. Visitors can view this area from outside the Aquarium through three large windows. The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium has achieved worldwide recognition as the number one coral propagation facility in North America, and sends over 1,000 cuttings of coral to aquariums each year.
The ostrich in this photo is part of the African Savannah exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo, along with lions, zebra, black rhinos, giraffes and elephants.