NSC Families Head to the Zoo

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  • A family poses at the zoo.
Fantastic. I liked seeing the animals moving freely without bars. I really liked the flamingos. I enjoyed myself so much that day.

Thanks to the generosity of the Philadelphia Zoo and their donation of fifty complementary passes, individuals and families from Philadelphia Partnership for Resilience (PPR) program had the opportunity to spend the day at this  42-acre garden landmark of more than 1,300 different animals in Philadelphia.


PPR clients are torture survivors who have experienced torture abroad and continue to face many challenges as they rebuild their lives in Philadelphia. They were excited to learn more about their new home and the many treasures that the City of Brotherly love had to offer. The Philadelphia Zoo is a popular day-trip for visitors and residents in the Philadelphia area, and our families from Sierra Leone, Egypt, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Ethiopia, Burma, Iraq, and Sudan got to enjoy first hand, a special day outdoors, learning more about the animals at the zoo, many of which are rare or endangered.

The Philadelphia Zoo, the oldest zoo in the United States, opened its doors on this site in 1874, and serves as one of the region’s leading conservation organizations and invests heavily in the wellbeing, care and preservation of its animals. PPR clients shared photos and stories of their fun time at the zoo.


One client remarked that the zoo trip was, “Fantastic. I liked seeing the animals moving freely without bars. I really liked the flamingos. I enjoyed myself so much that day.” Another client and his family said that during the zoo visit, “we got to see animals that we’ve never seen before, and our son is still talking about the gorilla! The trip was very enjoyable, and we hope to go again soon.”

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