First Look: The Trail of the Lorax at the Philadelphia Zoo

You've read the book, you've seen the movie, and now, you can step into the world of The Lorax. A new exhibit opening at the Philadelphia Zoo on Sat., March 31 takes Dr. Seuss' storybook The Lorax from the page to real life.

Featuring giant spinning truffula trees and a (make-believe) pond, The Trail of the Lorax invites kids and families to be inspired by the lesson from the book, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”

In the "Lorax Loft," kids can learn about the orangutan, a real species that depends on trees for survival and is in danger of extinction, and how they can help the orangutan. The Loft is in essence a two-story playground, welcoming kids to swing on branches, climb on netted rope and maneuver faucet-like gadgets.

The Trail of the Lorax at the Philadelphia Zoo

March 31-Oct. 31, 2012
Free with zoo admission, $15-$18
Learn more on the Zoo website

The exhibit draws on cinema-inspired elements, too. With 3D glasses on, kids can look for hidden facts scattered throughout the exhibit. A mini movie created just for the Zoo features the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift portraying characters from the movie Dr. Seuss's The Lorax.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

Trail of the Lorax Photo Gallery

Photos provided by the Philadelphia Zoo. Click on any photo to launch the slideshow.

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