Top 15 Zoos in the World
Almost every major tourist city in the world is home to a zoo. The zoo is an attraction for all ages. The zoo provides a chance to see animals you would other wise never see. Considering the zoo you go to and where it is located, you will see different types of animals. Some offer more than a display of various animals. You can see some trained animals perform tricks, you can learn about animal in a seminar, and at some zoo’s you can come face to face with the animals. Here are some of the best zoos in the world.
Wellington Zoo, North Island, New Zealand Wellignton Zoo is New Zealand’s very first zoo and is one of the biggest. Situated on 32 acres Wellington Zoo is home to more than 500 animals and 100 different species many are endangered species native to New Zealand. Other animals including Sumatran Tigers and the miniature Sun Bear, the smallest of the bear species. The zoo is dedicated to quality, sustainable enclosures for its population, which include solar heating and power, and intimate one-on-one encounters with the animals to educate on the importance of natural preservation.
Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada The Toronto Zoo houses 5000 animals from 460 species around the world. This zoo has some unique exhibits and atttractions, such as camel rides and sting ray touch tanks. It has enclosures for numerous endangered additions like spider monkeys, Grevy’s Zebras, African Elephants, Greater Kudu (a type of antelope), Western lowland gorillas and pygmy hippo.
Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast, Australia The Outback is full of wild life that you can see for yourself at any time. To be in a more controlled enviornment, the Australia Zoo is the place to go. This zoo was founded by the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin. Knowing that little fact, expect to have some hands-on encounters with various snakes, koalas, kangaroos, wombats, tigers and elephants. You can see over 1000 different animals here. Make a reservation if you really want to make the most of your day.
Yokohama Zoo, Japan Japan’s Yokohama Zoo, lovingly referred to as “Zoorasia” was established in 1999. It is a massive facilty covering 100 acres. All of that space is needed and put to good use by the 1500 animals from 150 species. The zoo is largely green in design, consisting of seven separate ecological areas, the Asian Tropical Forest, Central Asian Highland, Oceanian Grassland, Japanese Countryside, African Tropical Rainforest, and the Amazon Jungle. These seven ecological spaces are designed to mimic natural habitats. Binoculars are given to each guest upon entrance so they have a better chance of spotting the animals.
Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, North Wales In 1963, Robert Jackson and naturalist, established this 37 acre hillside park, now known as Welsh Mountain Zoo. The Zoological Society of Wales has taken the helm and operates the zoo more like conservation lands for native wildlife within. Guests are treated to wooded acres, tree lined paths, and rolling hills teeming with grey heron, grass snakes, and badgers. The must-see exhibits are the modern Eurasian Otter showcase. outfitted with a river, The California Sea Lions and the Humboldt Penguins put on a great show as well.
Berlin Zoo, Germany The Berlin Zoo is the oldest and most-visited zoo in all of Germany. If you count the associated aquarium, the area is made up of 84 acres and home to over 17,000 animals. The zoo was established with the help of King Frederick William IV of Prussia, who populated the zoo with 850 animals from his very own private collection. During WWII it suffered massive damage killing hundres animals and destoying most of the facilty. The zoo was rebuilt. They now have an Animals of the Bible tour, showcasing animals from biblical reference.
Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania, USA Established in 1874, the Philadelphia Zoo is America’s very first zoo. Today the zoo enjoys a reputation for breeding endangered species in captivity as well as simulated natural habitats for its animal population. It is home to over 1300 animals. The Philadelphia Zoo boasts one of the most state-of-the-art primate exhibits in the world, PECO Primate Reserve. It houses 10 different primate species including gibbons, lowland gorillas, Sumatran Orangutans, lemurs, and Silverbacks. Cat lovers will enjoy Big Cat Falls, which houses 12 endangered species of felines such as African Lions, Amur Tigers, jaguars, Snow Leopards, and cougars. If you don’t get your fill during the day, stay for a rare overnight experience camps for kids.
Bronx Zoo, New York City, USA The Bronx is one of the most popular zoos in America. It is a rather small zoo in the midst of a metropolis, but it is one the oldest and best zoos in the country. So much so that the Wildlife Conservation Society established its veterinarian society here, where primary care is provided for over 15,000 animals located at various zoos across America. The Bronx Zoo is particularly renowned for its animal enrichment programs. Visitors can witness zoo keepers training and interacting with animals, such as the monkey and tiger populations.
San Diego Zoo, California, USA The San Diego Zoo is near the downtown area and covers 100 acres. This is enough land to house almost 4000 animals from 800 species. The grounds are grassy and hilly so many guests opt for the 35-minute guided bus tour, or they choose to hop on and off at certain exhibits. The zoo has an Elephant Odyssey exhibit that is by far the most impressive and educational. Nearby you can pop in to visit the giant sloths, bears, lions and jaguars in their simulated natural habitats.
Basel Zoo, Switzerland The Basel Zoo boasts one of the most successful captive breeding programs of endangered species in the world. The uniquely peculiar creatures here are not often seen in other wildlife parks around the world. Basel Zoo is considered to be one of the top zoos in the world by the Zoological Society of London. It has more than 600 species, including Snow Leopards, cheetahs, Indian Rhinos, flamingos, Pygmy Hippopotamuses, Somali Wild Ass, and okapi.
Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana The Audubon Zoo is a charming mix of the old and new. Located in uptown New Orleans, it dates back to the early 20th century. In the 21st century it recevived major renovations so that today the park is both old-world and world-class. The most popular exhibit is the Louisiana Swamp where you can see that zoo’s famous white alligators. Two white tiger brothers are also a principal attraction drawing crowds from all over the country. The Audubon Zoo also has a large aquarium, insectarium and IMAX Theatre.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida Disney has almost everything else you would want so why shouldn’t they have a zoo. Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida debuted in 1998. Exhibits are divided into seven major sections, each blending natural animal habitats with various other Disney-fied attractions. The Africa section is perhaps the most popular with a walking trail designed to imitate a jungle valley in Africa and also a simulated safari experience with giraffes, hippos, elephants and much more. Disney’s Animal Kingdom houses over 1,700 hundred animals throughout the 500-acre park.
Chester Zoo, Cheshire, England, UK Chester Zoo has been declared one of the top 10 facilities in the world by global travelers. The zoo in Cheshire, England has been named sixth best in the world, second best in all of Europe and number one in the UK. With top rankings like that it’s no wonder people are traveling far and wide to come here. It’s one of England’s largest zoos at 111 acres wide. It is home to over 11,000 animials.
The Singapore Zoo, Singapore, Singapore The Singapore Zoo was opened in 1973 and sits on 69 acres. Over 2,500 animals are housed at the zoo, which also represents more than 300 different species. As is done at the San Diego Zoo, the Singapore Zoo houses animals in spaces that look very similar to their natural habitats. The zoo showcases many exhibits and highlights two fun shows as well. “Breakfast with an Orangutan” and “Elephants at Work and Play” draw a good number of zoo guests each year. Some of the animals you’ll find at the Singapore Zoo include ring-tailed lemurs, spider monkeys, leopards, polar bears, tapirs, wolves, and flamingos. Zoo transportation is available in the form of a pony, horse, carriage, or boat.
Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska The Henry Doorly Zoo is the top pick on many zoo experts list of zoos to visit. It is nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research. It features the largest cat complex in North America, Kingdoms of the Night is the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor swamp, the Lied Jungle is one of the world’s largest indoor rain forests, and the Desert Dome is the world’s largest indoor desert. 17,000 animals from 962 species live and thrive here.