WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, JULY 1: FIRST U.S. ZOO OPENS
Profile America -- Thursday, July 1st. The first zoo in the U.S. opened its doors on this date in 1874 in Philadelphia. More than 3,000 people traveled on foot, by horse and carriage and even by steamboat to visit the new attraction. The price of admission was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. Once inside, the crowd was treated to the view of more than 1,000 animals from all over the world, many of which had never been seen before by the American public. A day at the zoo to see the monkeys, giraffes and more exotic animals remains a popular way to spend leisure time. More than 29 million people visit zoos at least once a year. In the U.S., there are nearly 560 zoos, four-out-of-10 of them run as commercial enterprises. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 348
2002 Economic Census, NAICS 71213
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1203
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau