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Live Fearless at Philadelphia Zoo’s New WildWorks Ropes Course—presented by Independence Blue Cross

Ribbon Cutting ceremony for WildWorks rope course at Philadelphia Zoo

Independence CEO Dan Hilferty joins Philadelphia Zoo President Vik Dewan and Independence Visitor Center President & CEO Jim Cuorato for the opening of the Zoo’s new WildWorks zip line and ropes course.

Philadelphia, PA – Guests at Philadelphia Zoo can now immerse themselves in an aerial adventure crossing bridges, balancing on ropes, climbing through obstacles, and taking a quick zip right to the bottom….all while safely hitched to a climbing harness! The Zoo’s WildWorks ropes course, presented by Independence Blue Cross, offers high-flying fun that will have guests pushing limits and reaching new heights. This new, ultra-exhilarating experience for both adults and littles has two courses designed for different ages and skill levels.

“We are thrilled to offer such a fun option to our guests,” said the Zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer, Amy Shearer.  “WildWorks is a great way to start a visit at the Zoo; guests can climb 34 feet in the air and see amazing views of the city and the Zoo while having an amazing aerial adventure,” says Shearer.

“Independence Blue Cross is proud to support an iconic Philadelphia institution, the Philadelphia Zoo, and an attraction that fits right into our Fearless Fit series of activities and initiatives,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross. “WildWorks encourages people to have fun, stay active and enjoy the outside, and we know that it will be well received by people throughout our region and beyond.”

To celebrate the opening of WildWorks, the Zoo will offer 15 percent discounts on Zoo memberships to Independence members throughout 2019 if they use the code IBX19.

WildWorks has multiple levels of challenges with varying degrees of difficulty. Guests are harnessed and tethered in and can choose which direction and which elements they wish to traverse, including, of course, the zipline.

“This is such an exciting time for Philadelphia and the Zoo,” added Shearer. “WildWorks is one of four new exhibits and attractions we are proud to debut in less than eight weeks – including the Zoo Key, Creatures of Habitat and The Urban Green. There is literally something new around every corner of the Zoo, now is the perfect time to visit and experience a new adventure!”

The total WildWorks experience takes approximately 25 minutes. Hours for WildWorks are 10am to 4pm. Ticket prices vary from $4.00 to $10.00. An unlimited attractions pass per day is available at $18.00 to $20.00 per person and includes access to all of the attractions at the Zoo including the swan boats, the carousel and the PZ train. A ticket to WildWorks is not included with the cost of a Zoo ticket. While visiting the Zoo check out Creatures of Habitat through September 30th, and stop by The Urban Green for lunch or an early dinner. The Zoo Key is also back and available for $3.00 at any Zoo retail shop.

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Independence CEO Dan Hilferty stands harnessed in at the top of the WildWorks zipline, ready to try it out.

About Philadelphia Zoo
Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore.

Visit our new baby western lowland gorillas, baby giraffe, hippos, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore our 42-acre Victorian garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits like KeyBank Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center and KidZooU, a wildlife academy that offers dynamic displays, rare breeds and hands-on experiences.  Philadelphia Zoo is the second highest ticketed attraction in Philadelphia, one of the region’s foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Zoo welcomed more than 1.25 million visitors last year. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.   For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo.

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