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    Belfast Zoo

    Belfast Zoo

    • Located In: Belfast
    Belfast Zoological Gardens (also known as Bellevue Zoo) is a zoo in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is located in a relatively secluded location on the northeastern slope of Cavehill, overlooking Belfast's Antrim Road, resulting in a uniquely tranquil environment for the animals that the zoo is frequently praised for. Belfast Zoo is one of the top fee-paying visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 300,000 visitors a year. Located in north Belfast, the zoo's 55-acre (22 ha) site is home to more than 1,200 animals and 140 species. The majority of the animals in Belfast Zoo are in danger in their natural habitat. The zoo carries out important conservation work and takes part in over 90 European and international breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat. Belfast Zoo is owned by Belfast City Council. The council spends £1.5 million every year on running and promoting the zoo, which is one of the few local government-funded zoos in the UK and Ireland. The zoo's work is overseen by the council's Parks and Leisure Committee. The committee is made up of 20 locally elected councillors. The story of Belfast Zoo begins with the
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    Dvůr Králové Zoo

    Dvůr Králové Zoo

    • Located In: Dvůr Králové nad Labem
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Dvůr Králové Zoo is a 72-hectare (180-acre) zoo located in Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Czech Republic. Dvůr Králové Zoo is a member of the Czech and Slovak Union of Zoological Gardens (UCSZ), founded in 1990, with 15 Czech and 4 Slovak member Zoos. From 1995 to 2010, Dvůr Králové Zoo was member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). From 1997 to 2012, Dvůr Králové Zoo was member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The Zoo’s specialization is African fauna. Their rarest animal is the Northern white rhino.
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    London Zoo

    London Zoo

    • Located In: Regent's Park
    • Exhibits: Into Africa
    • Organization Memberships: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. Today it houses a collection of 755 species of animals, with 16,802 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. It is managed under the aegis of the Zoological Society of London (established in 1826), and is situated at the northern edge of Regent's Park, on the boundary line between City of Westminster and Camden (the Regent's Canal runs through it). The Society also has a more spacious site at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire to which the larger animals such as elephants and rhinos have been moved. As well as being the first scientific zoo, ZSL London Zoo also opened the first Reptile house (1849), first public Aquarium (1853), first insect house (1881) and the first children's zoo (1938). ZSL receives no state funding and relies on 'Fellows', 'Friends', 'Members', entrance fees and sponsorship to generate income. ZSL was established by Sir Stamford Raffles and Sir Humphry Davy in 1826, who obtained the land for the Zoo and saw the
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    Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

    Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

    • Located In: Montgomery County
    • Exhibits: Science On a Sphere
    The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children's museum in Dayton, Ohio, United States that focuses on science. Exhibits include an extensive natural history collection as well as maintaining a collection of live animals native to Ohio. Educational outreach extends to the community by providing in-school programming and on-site special programs. SunWatch Indian Village is a sister site to the museum. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), affiliated with the Association of Children's Museums (ACM), and is a governing member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). In addition, the museum's indoor Discovery Zoo is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The museum is the only zoo, aquarium, planetarium or science center in Dayton, and also houses the Apollo Observatory, an astronomical observatory operated by the Miami Valley Astronomical Society. The Dayton Museum of Natural History began in 1893 as a part of the Dayton Metro Library and Museum. Over the years, collections gathered by prominent Dayton citizens on their trips around the world were contributed to the museum. Local natural history collections were
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    Blank Park Zoo

    Blank Park Zoo

    • Located In: Des Moines
    • Exhibits: Discovery Center
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Blank Park Zoo is a 22-acre (8.9 ha) zoological park on the south side of Des Moines, Iowa near historic Fort Des Moines. The zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only accredited zoo in Iowa. The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation. In 1963, Mr. A.H. Blank donated $150,000 for the construction of a children's zoo on decommissioned Fort Des Moines property. The Des Moines Children’s Zoo was officially opened on May 8, 1966. It was originally designed around nursery rhymes and included a castle with moat, a replica of Noah's Ark, petting zoo and miniature railroad. Over the next 16 years the city failed to make improvements to the zoo and was on the verge of closing until in 1981 a group of civic minded business leaders formed the Blank Park Zoo Foundation to help save the zoo. The Foundations number one goal was to provide financial support for capital improvements, animal acquisitions and promotional and marketing activities. The Foundation succeeded by forming a partnership with the City of Des Moines that resulted in a $1.8 million dollar bond
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    Borås djurpark

    Borås djurpark

    • Located In: Borås
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Borås Djurpark is a 40-hectare (99-acre) zoo in the northern part of central Borås, Sweden. It has about 500 animals of 80 different species. The zoo was founded in 1962 by Sigvard Berggren, who was manager until 1969. Borås Djurpark is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). It is the only zoo in Sweden that has African Bush Elephant. There are some farm animals as well, such as cows, horses, sheep, goats, ducks, and pigs. As a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in nine of about 130 breeding programs sponsored by the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).
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    Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

    • Located In: Cincinnati
    • Exhibits: Night Hunters
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It opened in 1875, just 14 months after the Philadelphia Zoo on July 1, 1874. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the United States, dating from 1875. The Cincinnati Zoo is located in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Avondale. It was founded on 65.4 acres (26.5 ha) in the middle of the city, and since then it has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati's outer suburbs. The zoo conducts breeding programs, and was the first to successfully breed California sea lions. The zoo also has other breeding programs including Cheetahs, Sumatran rhinoceros, Malayan tigers, Western Lowland Gorillas, Pottos, and Masai giraffes. The Cincinnati Zoo was the home of Martha, the last living passenger pigeon, which died there in 1914. It was also home to the last living Carolina parakeet in 1918. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). In 1872, Andrew Erkenbrecher created the "Society for the Acclimatization of Birds" in
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    Sea Lion Caves

    Sea Lion Caves

    Sea Lion Caves are a connected system of sea caves and caverns open to the Pacific Ocean in the U.S. state of Oregon. They are located 11 miles (18 km) north of Florence on U.S. Highway 101, about midpoint on the 400 miles (640 km) Oregon Coast. In this area Highway 101 follows a steep and undeveloped seascape 300 feet (91 m) above sea level. Human access to the caves are through a gift shop building. The cave system is at sea level and the ocean continually washes into the main cavern which has a floor area of about 2 acres (0.81 ha) and a vaulted rock dome about 125 feet (38 m) high. Southward from the main chamber, a low passage runs 1,000 feet (300 m) to a sea level opening. This corridor is flooded at high tide and free of water at low tide. The western entrance is a short, high passage through which the ocean washes at all tide levels. At the north, a third entrance is about 50 feet (15 m) above the ocean which serves as an elevated observation area where the entire underground cave system and its wildlife are visible. Lichens, algae, and mineral stains cover the cavern walls with greens, pinks, purples, buffs, and reds on the rough surfaces some of which are named Lincoln's
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    Chapultepec Zoo

    Chapultepec Zoo

    • Located In: Chapultepec
    Chapultepec Zoo is a Mexican zoo located in Chapultepec; it is one of four zoos near Mexico City, and the best known Mexican zoo. It was founded 6 July 1923 by Mexican biologist Alfonso Luis Herrera using donations from private citizens and governmental funds from the Ministry of Agriculture and Development, and also with funds from the Society of Biological Studies. The zoo is rather popular after a recent renovation begun in 1992 which took two years; estimates of its popularity range from 5.5 million visitors per year to as much as 8 million, who all come to see its large collection of over 2000 animals from more 200 different species. The Zoo especially is famous for its three female Giant Pandas, Xiu Hua, Shuan Shuan and Xin Xin. In May 2011, the Mexico City Government announced that the three females at the zoo would be inseminated using Chinese sperm.
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    Ranua

    Ranua

    • Located In: Finland
    Ranua is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Lapland. The municipality has a population of 4,311 (31 January 2011) and covers an area of 3,694.82 square kilometres (1,426.58 sq mi) of which 241.09 km (93.09 sq mi) is water. The population density is 1.25 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.2 /sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The best known attraction is Ranua Zoo, a wildlife park of arctic animal species which is the northernmost zoo in the world.
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    Buenos Aires Zoo

    Buenos Aires Zoo

    • Located In: Argentina
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Buenos Aires Zoo is an 45-acre (18 ha) zoo in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Zoo contains 89 species of mammals, 49 species of reptiles and 175 species of birds, with a total of over 2,500 different animals. The institution's goals are to conserve species, produce research and to educate the public. President Domingo Sarmiento was responsible for the laying out of the Parque Tres de Febrero in land previously owned by Juan Manuel de Rosas. The project was begun in 1874; the park was opened on November 11, 1875, and included a small section dedicated for animals. This area was owned by the Federal Government until 1888 when it was transferred to the City of Buenos Aires. In that year, Mayor Antonio Crespo created the Buenos Aires Zoo, and separated it from the rest of the park. Its first director Eduardo Ladislao Holmberg was appointed in 1888 and stayed in that position for 15 years. He was the major designer of the zoo. Holmberg completed the assignment of the different parks, lakes and avenues, and began the exhibition of the 650 animals that the zoo had at that time. In that period zoos around the world did not have the same function as they do today;
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    Zoo Miami

    Zoo Miami

    • Located In: Miami
    • Exhibits: Australia
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, branded and commonly known as Zoo Miami, formerly known as Miami MetroZoo, is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. It is located on the old Richmond Naval Air Station site, southwest of Miami in southern metropolitan Miami-Dade County, in the center of the census-designated places of Three Lakes (north), South Miami Heights (south), Palmetto Estates (east) and Richmond West (west). It houses over 2,000 animals on 740 acres (299 ha), 324 acres (131 ha) of which are developed. It is about 3 mi (5 km) around if walked on the path, and has over 100 exhibits. The zoo's communications director is wildlife expert and photographer Ron Magill. He frequently appears on local talk shows and news stations, often promoting the zoo's animals. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The history of the zoo can be traced back to 1948, when 3 monkeys, a goat and 2 black bears were purchased for $270 from a small road show stranded near Miami. These 6 animals were the beginning of the Crandon Park Zoo on the island of Key Biscayne, just southeast off
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    5 votes
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    Wilhelma

    Wilhelma

    • Located In: Germany
    Wilhelma (help·info), built as a royal palace, is now a 30-hectare (74-acre) zoo and botanical garden in the northern suburbs of Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is Europe's only large combined zoological and botanical garden, and is home to over 8,000 animals representing more than 1,000 different species, as well as more than 5,000 species of plants. The upper section of the zoo includes an impressive stand of sequoia trees. The zoo immediately adjoins a public park to its west, laid out in the 'English landscape style' of rolling grass and informal groups of trees. In landscape terms this perfectly complements the landscape of the zoo. The Wilhelma was originally a royal palace, in Moorish Revival style, and echoes such buildings as the Alhambra Palace. Besides animals and plants, the Wilhelma is therefore also worth visiting for its architecture, which is intact from the mid-19th century. After being closed to the public during World War II, Wilhelma was opened again in 1949 with an azalea show, followed by the "Great Aquarium Show." In 1951, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and penguins arrive as special exhibitions, but are kept after the exhibition ends, starting the
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    4 votes
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    Adelaide Zoo

    Adelaide Zoo

    • Located In: Adelaide
    • Exhibits: Asian Region
    • Organization Memberships: ARAZPA
    Adelaide Zoo is Australia's second oldest zoo, and the only major metropolitan zoo in Australia to be owned and operated on a non-profit basis. It is located in the parklands just north of the city centre of Adelaide, South Australia. It is a full institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The zoo also owns the Monarto open plains zoo near Murray Bridge. The zoo houses about 300 native and exotic species, with over 1,800 animals on site. The zoo's most recent enclosures are in the second phase of the South-East Asia exhibit, known as Immersion, providing visitors with the experience of walking through the jungle, with Sumatran Tigers and Orangutans seemingly within reach. Many features of the zoo are of architectural importance and are heritage listed by the National Trust of South Australia, including the front entrance on Frome Road, and the former Elephant House. The zoo is also a botanical garden and the grounds contain significant exotic and native flora, including a Moreton Bay Fig planted in 1877. The Giant Panda exhibit, which opened in December 2009, is home to two Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and
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    5 votes
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    Tallinn Zoo

    Tallinn Zoo

    • Located In: Tallinn
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Tallinn Zoo is a zoo in Tallinn, Estonia that was founded in 1939. It is the only zoo in Estonia, and as of 2008 it housed 7158 animals representing 619 species. In 1937, a team of Estonian marksmen won the World Champion title in Helsinki. They brought back with them a young lynx, named Illu. Illu became the first exhibit in the zoo, which was formally opened on 25 August 1939. The lynx was later chosen to be the zoo's emblem animal. Inititally the zoo was based on the edge of Kadriorg Park. Estonia was occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, delaying the planned development of the zoo. It relocated to a 87-hectare (210-acre) site in the Veskimetsa district in 1983. Tallinn Zoo has the World's largest mountain goat and sheep collection, and a large eagle and owl collection. The zoo has two tropic houses which include animals crocodiles and other reptiles, as well as fishes, exotic birds, marmosets, chimpanzees, and mongooses. The Elephant house was built in 1989 to celebrate the zoo's 50th birthday. It houses snakes, African elephants, pygmy hippos, armadillos, and rodents. The Alpinarium has been part of the zoo since 2004. In the Alpinarium you can find mountain sheep,
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Aquarium Barcelona

    Aquarium Barcelona

    • Located In: Barcelona
    Aquarium Barcelona (Catalan: Aquàrium de Barcelona, IPA: [əˈkwaɾium də βərsəˈɫonə]) is an aquarium located in Port Vell, a harbor in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The 35 aquariums at the facility are home to 11,000 animals representing 450 species, and an 80-meter (260 ft) underwater tunnel. The Aquàrium of Barcelona is part of the Aspro Group. The aquarium is a member of the Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AIZA).
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    4 votes
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    Guwahati Zoo

    Guwahati Zoo

    • Located In: Guwahati
    • Organization Memberships: Central Zoo Authority of India
    The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden (popularly known as Guwahati Zoo) is the largest of its kind in the North East region and it is spread across 432.432-acre (175 hectare). The zoo is located within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest at Guwahati, India. The zoo is home to about 895 animals, birds and reptiles representing almost 113 species of animals and birds from around the world. The 64th session of Indian National Congress was held in Guwahati, in the year 1957. The Organising committee of INC organised an exhibit with included few animals and birds, of which a female Leopard Cub named Spotty was the favourite. After the meeting came to an end, it was felt to necessity of a zoo to house these animals. These animals were shifted to Japorigog in the Hengrabari Reserve forest, with an area of 130 Hectare, suitable to create facilities and house these animals, thus, The Assam State Zoo was established in the year 1957 and was open to public viewing in the year 1958. The total number of animals and birds, at the time of its inception was 42 (22 species) and 236 (31 species) respectively. Over the years, the Zoo grew and expanded to accommodate eye-catching exotic ones like
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    London Aquarium

    London Aquarium

    • Located In: County Hall, London
    • Exhibits: Penguin Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the EDF Energy London Eye. It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and hosts about one million visitors each year. It is the largest aquarium in London. In 2005, the aquarium displayed three robotic fish created by the computer science department at the University of Essex. The fish were designed to be autonomous, swimming around and avoiding obstacles like real fish. Their creator claimed that he was trying to combine "the speed of tuna, acceleration of a pike, and the navigating skills of an eel." In April 2008, the aquarium was purchased by Merlin Entertainments for an undisclosed sum. The facility was closed for a £5 million refurbishment, which was completed in April 2009. The additions included a new underwater tunnel, Shark Walk, a revamped Pacific Ocean tank, and a complete rerouting of the exhibit, all of which were carried out under the supervision of architects Kay Elliott. The attraction officially became a Sea Life Centre when it reopened in April 2009. In May 2011, the aquarium opened a new penguin exhibit, with 10 gentoo
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    5 votes
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    Gladys Porter Zoo

    Gladys Porter Zoo

    • Located In: Brownsville
    • Exhibits: Tropical America
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Gladys Porter Zoo is a zoological and botanical park located in Brownsville, Texas. The zoo officially opened on September 3, 1971, and currently averages 375,000 visitors annually. Situated on 31 acres (13 ha), the zoo houses about 400 animal species (including 47 endangered species) and over 250 tropical and neo-tropical species and subspecies. It is the first zoo to have successfully bred the vulnerable Jentink's Duiker. The zoo is named after Gladys Porter, the daughter of Earl C. Sams, former president of JCPenney. Porter, a wildlife enthusiast, helped to plan and stock the zoo, which was entirely funded by the Earl C. Sams Foundation. After its opening, the zoo was given to the city of Brownsville. The zoo was planned, built, stocked, and given by the Earl C. Sams Foundation to the City of Brownsville. It opened on 3 September 1971. The first addition to its exhibits was the Herpetarium, which opened in April 1973. The zoo has been the single largest recipient from the foundation funds established by Sams. The zoo published the first issue of its Zoo News (its official newsletter and now a quarterly publication) in January 1972. The naturalistic exhibits at the zoo won the
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    4 votes
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    Riverbanks Zoo

    Riverbanks Zoo

    • Located In: Columbia
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a 170-acre (69 ha) zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, along the Saluda River, in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Riverbanks Zoo has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973, and dates back to the early 19th century with South Carolina's textile industry and the American Civil War. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is South Carolina's largest gated attraction, averaging 1,000,000 visitors each year. Riverbanks is a four-time winner of the Southeastern Tourism Society's Shining Example Award as the southeast's top tourist attraction and a two-time winner of the SC Parks Recreation and Tourism Governor's Cup Award as South Carolina's Leading Attraction. The Zoo is home to over 3,000 animals, with collections of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Recent additions to the Zoo include exhibits for African elephants, gorillas and koalas. The Birdhouse at Riverbanks (opened 2002) was given a Significant Achievement Award by the AZA as one of the best new zoo exhibits in the United States and features a display
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    4 votes
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    Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

    • Located In: Oklahoma City
    • Exhibits: Cat Forest/Lion Overlook
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The widely acclaimed Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is a zoo and botanical garden located in the Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The zoo covers 110 acres (45 ha) and is home to more than 1,700 animals. It is open every day but Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day; an admission fee is charged. The Oklahoma City Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. The Oklahoma City Zoo opened the new Children's Zoo on March 12, 2010. Where kids can see and touch unusual barnyard animals in the "Barnyard". Splash in the Waterway, complete with waterfall, flamingos frolicking nearby and a koi pond. Explore natural play spaces and enjoy room to roam in "My Secret Forest". Discover all the creepy, crawly creatures that live in the "Underground". Educational programs featured on "Grandma's Porch." Walk through with the ever-popular lorikeets. See the Spider and Squirrel Monkeys too. Other amusements within the zoo include a climbing wall, safari tram, a carousel, the Sea Lion Show, two small trains and swan paddleboats. Surrounding the zoo are the Zoo Amphitheater, Lincoln Park, Northeast Lake
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    Brookgreen Gardens

    Brookgreen Gardens

    • Located In: Murrells Inlet
    • Exhibits: Dalton and Linda Floyd - Domestic Animals of the Plantation Exhibit
    Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. The 9,100-acre (37 km) property includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures placed in them, the Lowcountry Zoo, and trails through several ecosystems in nature reserves on the property. Brookgreen Gardens was opened in 1932, and is built on four former rice plantations, taking its name from the former Brookgreen Plantation. Originally, what is now Brookgreen Gardens was four rice plantations. The plantations from south to north were The Oaks, Brookgreen, Springfield, and Laurel Hill. The current gardens and surrounding facilities lie completely on the former Brookgreen Plantation, which was owned by Joshua John Ward, the largest American slaveholder. Only a handful of relics survive on the former plantations. The Alston (or Allston) cemetery survives on the grounds of The Oaks plantation. Gov. James Alston and his child are buried in the cemetery. The same grave is a memorial to the governor's wife Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr, who was lost at sea. Her ghost reportedly haunts the Grand Strand, looking for
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    5 votes
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    Biblical ZOO, Jerusalem

    Biblical ZOO, Jerusalem

    • Located In: Jerusalem
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem (Hebrew: גן החיות התנ"כי בירושלים על שם משפחת טיש‎, Arabic: حديقة الحيوان الكتابية في أورشليم القدس‎ Ḥadīqat al-Ḥaiwān al-Kitābiyyah fī 'Urushalīm al-Quds), popularly known as the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, is a zoo located in the Malha neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel. It is famous for its collection of wildlife featured in the Hebrew Bible, as well as its success in breeding endangered species. According to Dun and Bradstreet, the Biblical Zoo was the most popular tourist attraction in Israel from 2005 to 2007, and logged a record 738,000 visitors in 2009. The zoo had about 55,000 members in 2009. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo opened in September 1940 as a small "animal corner" on Rabbi Kook Street in central Jerusalem. The zoo was founded by Aharon Shulov, a professor of zoology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus. Among Shulov's goals were to provide a research facility for his students; to gather animals, reptiles and birds mentioned in the Bible; and, as he wrote in 1951, to break down the "invisible wall" between the intellectuals on Mount Scopus and the general public. Early on, the zoo ran into several
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    Flint RiverQuarium

    Flint RiverQuarium

    • Located In: Albany
    The Flint RiverQuarium is a 54,000 sq ft (5,000 m) aquarium opened in 2004 and located on the banks of the Flint River in Albany, Georgia, United States. The aquarium follows the journey of the Flint River, and highlights the ecosystems of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins. The Flint RiverQuarium features both freshwater and saltwater river ecosystem of Southwest Georgia as well as the world. Blue Hole Spring is an open-air, 175,000-US-gallon (660,000 l), 22 ft (6.7 m) deep tank filled by a natural spring below. It exhibits the diverse life forms of the Flint River, which runs through Southwest Georgia. The Flint River Gallery includes both freshwater and saltwater fish, and includes a live fish hatchery. In this exhibit, visitors can follow the 350-mile (560 km) journey of the Flint River to the ocean. Discovery Caverns includes interactive displays and an underground cave exhibiting subterranean creatures. The World of Water shows visitors other rivers around the world that share features and challenges with the Flint. Spring Run Creek is home to the aquarium's alligators. Cypress Pond Aviary is a 35-foot (11 m) high enclosure featuring birds indigenous to
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    Lion Country Safari

    Lion Country Safari

    • Located In: Loxahatchee
    • Exhibits: Serengeti Plains
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Lion Country Safari is a drive-through safari park located in Loxahatchee (near West Palm Beach), in Palm Beach County, Florida. Founded in 1967, it claims to be the first 'cageless zoo' in the United States. In 2009, USA Travel Guide named Lion Country the 3rd best zoo in the nation. Lion Country Safari was founded in 1967 by a group of South African and British entrepreneurs who wished to provide a safari experience for families who would not normally be able to experience it. The park originally exhibited only lions. The original South Florida park is the only one remaining in operation. Lion Country Safari previously operated parks in Irvine, California (1970–1984); Grand Prairie, Texas (1971–1992); Stockbridge, Georgia; Mason, Ohio (1974–1993) and Doswell, Virginia (1974–1993); all of them subsequently closed. The original park in Florida consists of over 1,000 animals, kept in large fenced areas with approximately 5 miles of paved roadway running throughout. Visitors who purchase a ticket enter the park in their own vehicle, driving slowly at their own pace, and view the animals while listening to a recorded narration on audiotape or CD. Some animals, such as giraffes,
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    Philadelphia Aquarium

    Philadelphia Aquarium

    • Located In: Philadelphia
    The Philadelphia Aquarium was one of the first aquariums in the United States, and was located on the shore of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia’s decommissioned Fairmount Water Works buildings from 1911 to 1962 as part of Fairmount Park. By 1909, Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works had been replaced by a series of filtration plants in other parts of the city. The site’s former reservoir land was later used for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On May 16, 1911 the mayor of Philadelphia signed an ordinance specifying that an aquarium be created at the old Fairmount Water Works site. About $1,500 was provided initially to create a temporary aquarium in a building that would eventually become a lecture hall, with plans to use the two powerhouses for the permanent aquarium. The Aquarium was intended to help educate visitors about the habitat, breeding, and activities of fish, especially those native to Pennsylvania. This was a novel concept at the time, originating in exhibits of fisheries at the 1893 (Chicago) and 1904 (St. Louis) World’s Fairs. The Aquarium opened Thanksgiving Day 1911, with nineteen small tanks and a series of regular lectures on marine life (many featuring
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    National Aviary

    National Aviary

    • Located In: Pittsburgh
    • Exhibits: Andean Condors
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The National Aviary, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is America's only independent indoor nonprofit aviary. It is also America's largest aviary, and the only accorded honorary "National" status by the United States Congress. The aviary is home to over 600 animals representing about 200 species, and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The National Aviary is located at 700 Arch Street on Pittsburgh's Northside, within Allegheny Commons West Park in the Allegheny Center neighborhood. The National Aviary is open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Although some of the birds must be fed in private, almost all feedings (both vegetarian and carnivorous) are scheduled to be viewable by visitors. Since 1999, annual attendance has consistently topped 100,000. The National Aviary has daily interactive experiences for visitors. Some of these include Penguin Point, a new exhibit featuring 11 African Penguins and unique underwater viewing; Penguin Connection, a private encounter with an African Penguin (for an additional fee); Little Peepers, a program for preschoolers; and the bird-feeding adventure Lories & Friends. These programs are
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    Binder Park Zoo

    Binder Park Zoo

    • Located In: Battle Creek
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Binder Park Zoo is a 433-acre (175 ha) zoo that opened in 1977 near Battle Creek, Michigan, in the United States. Binder Park Zoo is one of the largest zoos in Michigan, and features a large array of animals and plants, including the Wild Africa Exhibit. It includes a train, a tram, a carousel, and Wildlife Discovery Theatre. The Binder Park Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The main zoo area features animal exhibits including prairie dogs, a new snow leopard exhibit, cheetahs, red panda, and red kangaroo. Also located in the main zoo is the Miller Children's Zoo, gift shop, Z.O. & O. Railroad station, the Binda Conservation Center, a restaurant, a 0.8-mile (1.3 km) habitat boardwalk called Swamp Adventure, and the new Conservation Carousel. The Conservation Carousel opened in 2007, and includes various popular zoo animals such as a polar bear, a tiger, and a bronco; the latter paying homage to the nearby Western Michigan University. Binder Park Zoo features an award winning exhibit aimed at children in which many of the animals can be interacted with. Children's Zoo features
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    Dierenpark Emmen

    Dierenpark Emmen

    • Located In: Netherlands
    • Organization Memberships: Dutch Zoo Federation
    Dierenpark Emmen (also known as Noorder Dierenpark) is a large zoo located in Emmen in the northern province of Drenthe in the Netherlands. Built in 1935 and completely renewed in 1970, Dierenpark Emmen is considered to be one of the finest zoos in Europe and has won various prizes. Animals live in carefully reconstructed natural habitats according to vegetation, climate, and elevation. Because of lack of space, a new, second site was opened in 1998 just outside of Emmen. The two parts of the zoo are well connected with each other and one ticket is sufficient for both parts. The zoo has had great success breeding Asian Elephants, with 26 births since 1992 and four births in 2010 and 2011 alone. In 2011 there were 13 elephants at the zoo, others having been transported to other zoos. The elephant accommodations comprise a large moated island for females and calves, and a separate smaller island for the bull, with indoor housing being underground. The city council of Emmen has approved the construction of a completely new zoo, expected to draw 1.3 million visitors annually. The new zoo will be completed in 2015 and is part of a plan for revitalizing the city center of Emmen. Visitors
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    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    • Located In: Brisbane
    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a 4.6-hectare (11-acre) Koala Sanctuary located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket in Queensland, Australia. Founded in 1927, it is the world's oldest and largest Koala sanctuary. The name originates from a lone hoop pine that had been planted by the Clarkson family, the first owners of the 4.6-hectare (11-acre) site. The sanctuary began with two koalas called Jack and Jill. Lone Pine became known internationally during the Second World War when Americans, including Douglas MacArthur's wife visited the park to view the native Australian animals. Wildlife in the sanctuary includes: koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, and various species of reptiles, as well as a platypus which arrived at the sanctuary during 2010 from Melbourne. The sanctuary is one of the very few sanctuaries in the world where visitors are allowed to hold koalas for a fee. Strict regulations ensure that each koala is not held for more than thirty minutes every day. Visitors can also feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos in the Unexpected use of template {{5}} - see Template:5 for details. kangaroo reserve, where more than 130 of the animals freely reside.
    7.75
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    North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

    North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

    • Located In: New Hanover County
    • Exhibits: Tree Frogs
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    North Carolina Aquariums is a system of 3 public aquariums located in Kure Beach, Roanoke Island and Pine Knoll Shores. All are operated by the Aquariums Division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources since 1976 and are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. All three aquariums feature dive shows, live animal encounters, and feeding programs. The focus of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, in Kure Beach, is to educate visitors about the waters of the Cape Fear region. The Aquarium was recently named among the Best Aquariums in the United States by the Travel Channel and is one of the Top Ten Attractions in North Carolina. The Cape Fear Conservatory, the visitor’s first stop in the aquarium, features freshwater life. In this large, tree-filled atrium, streams, ponds and swamps are home to frogs, snakes, bass, catfish, and perch. Box turtles hide among the Conservatory’s groundcover. American alligators native to North Carolina occupy one of the larger exhibits in the Conservatory. An albino alligator exhibit opened in 2009. In 2006, the aquarium opened an exhibit featuring the venomous snakes of the region, including several
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    Moscow Zoo

    Moscow Zoo

    • Located In: Moscow
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    The Moscow Zoo (Russian: Московский зоопарк) is a 21.5-hectare (53-acre) zoo founded in 1864 by professor-biologists, K.F. Rulje, S.A. Usov and A.P. Bogdanov, from the Moscow State University. In 1919, the zoo was nationalized. In 1922, the ownership was transferred to the city of Moscow and has remained under Moscow's control ever since. The zoo had an area of 10 hectares (25 acres) when it first opened, with 286 animals. In 1926, the zoo was expanded to adjacent lands, increasing the area to 18 hectares (44 acres). The zoo's original buildings were wooden, built in the old Russian style with intricate wood trims. In 1990, the zoo was renovated. Notable additions include a new main entrance in the shape of a large rock castle, and a footbridge that connected the old (1864) and new (1926) properties of the zoo. Prior to construction of the footbridge, the zoo operated as two 'separate zoos' because the Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street divides the properties. In addition, the zoo was expanded once more. New exhibits were opened including a sea aquarium, an aviary, a creatures of the night exhibit, a sea lion exhibit and a section aimed at children. Waterfalls and streams were added
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    Oceanium

    Oceanium

    • Located In: Rotterdam
    The Oceanium is an aquarium that opened in 2001 in Diergaarde Blijdorp, a zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Oceanium lies in the expansion area of the zoo, which includes a new entrance and parking area, and was the biggest project to date for the zoo. The area around the Oceanium is home to projects depicting the Americas. The Oceanium is also home to scientific research into the conservation of coral.
    6.60
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    Roundhay Park

    Roundhay Park

    • Located In: Leeds
    • Exhibits: Butterfly House
    Roundhay Park in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is one of the biggest city parks in Europe. It has over 700 acres (2.8 km) of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens which are owned by Leeds City Council. The park is one of the most popular attractions in Leeds, nearly a million people visit each year. It is situated on the north-east edge of the city, bordered by the suburb of Roundhay to the west and Oakwood to the south. In the 11th century William the Conqueror granted the lands on which the park stands to Ilbert De Lacy for his support in the Harrying of the North in the winter 1069-70. De Lacy, who founded Pontefract Castle, was a knight from Normandy who fought at the Battle of Hastings. During the 13th century, the area was used as a hunting park for the De Lacys who were the Lords of Bowland on the Yorkshire-Lancaster border. Ownership of Roundhay passed through succession to John of Gaunt and then to his son, Henry IV. In the 16th century Henry VIII gave the park (though not the manor) to Thomas Darcy. Through succession and marriage, it was acquired by Charles Stourton (1702-1753) in the 18th century. In 1803, Charles Stourton's nephew, another Charles Stourton
    6.60
    5 votes
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    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    • Located In: Tampa
    • Exhibits: Myombe Reserve
    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (formerly known as Busch Gardens Africa) is a 335-acre (136 ha) 19th century African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida. It opened on March 31, 1959 as an admission-free hospitality facility for Tampa Anheuser-Busch; in addition to various beer tastings they had, a bird garden and the Stairway to the Stars which was an escalator that took guests to the roof of the brewery. Busch Gardens is currently accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Busch Gardens continued to grow and in 1965 they opened the 29 acre Serengeti Plains which allowed the African wildlife to roam freely. It continued to focus on its tropical landscape, exotic animals, and amusements to draw visitors. Busch Gardens began charging admission as the entertainment became more complex, with extra fees for the thrill rides, such as the roller coasters for which Busch Gardens is now known. Currently Busch Gardens competes with other such parks in Florida and charges comparable fees. The park is operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, owned by the private equity firm The Blackstone Group. In 2011, the park hosted 4.3 million people, placing in the
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    4 votes
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    Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

    Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

    • Located In: Nashville
    • Exhibits: The Gibbon Island
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a 200-acre (81 ha) zoo and historic plantation farmhouse located 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere was founded in 1996, the result of a merger between two competing facilities, The Nashville Zoo and Grassmere Wildlife Park (which was located at the zoo's present location). The resulting facility has been engineered to grow so as to take maximum advantage of its 200 acres (81 ha). On the grounds of the zoo facilities, the property still maintains the original historic plantation house, called Grassmere or the Historic Croft Home. Visitors to the zoo can tour this 19th-century historic house museum, its gardens and the associated Grassmere Historic Farm. The zoo contains a number of exhibits including: The Jungle Gym is the largest community-built playground of its kind in the country, created in 1998. Thousands of volunteers worked together to build a vast array of slides, cargo netting, swings and climbing structures for children. The zoo is active in numerous research and conservation
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    4 votes
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    Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

    Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

    • Located In: Osaka
    • Exhibits: Tunnel Tank
    • Organization Memberships: Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館, Kaiyūkan, known as the Kaiyukan) is an aquarium located in the ward of Minato in Osaka, Japan, near Osaka Bay. It is one of the largest public aquariums in the world, and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA). The aquarium is about a five minute walk from Osakako Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Chūō Line, and is next to the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. The walk-through aquarium displays marine life in several habitats comprising 27 tanks in 16 main exhibits with a total volume of 10,941 tons of water. The habitats are from the Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean. The largest tank is 9 metres (30 ft) deep and holds 5,400 cubic metres (190,699 cu ft) of water and a variety of fish including manta rays and a whale shark. The tanks used in the aquarium are made of 314 tonnes (346 tons) of acrylic glass. The largest single pane measures six meters by five meters by thirty centimeters and weighs roughly 10 tons. At the thicknesses used, regular glass would be unwieldy and would not have the desired transparency. The themes, displays and their respective organisms at Kaiyukan are as follows; Tunnel Tank; Chromis Notata,
    7.50
    4 votes
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    Parassinikkadavu Snake Park

    Parassinikkadavu Snake Park

    • Located In: Parassinikkadavu
    • Organization Memberships: Central Zoo Authority of India
    Parassinkkadavu Snake Park is about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Kannur town in the Kannur district of north Kerala, in south India. The Snake Park is in Parassinikkadavu, which is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from National Highway (NH) 17, en route from Kannur to Taliparamba, The park houses a variety of snakes and other small animals, including the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell's viper, Krait and various pit vipers. There is also a large collection of non-venomous snakes including pythons. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, many species of which are gradually becoming extinct. In a live show, trained personnel play and 'interact' with a variety of snakes, including cobras and vipers, and try to quell mythical fears and superstitions about snakes. It has also been proposed that a laboratory to extract venom from snakes for purposes of research be set up here. The Snake Park, set up by the Visha Chikista Kendra, is regularly visited by both foreign and domestic tourists. The Kendra also offers effective treatment for snake bites.
    7.50
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    San Diego Zoo

    San Diego Zoo

    • Located In: Balboa Park
    • Exhibits: Panda Canyon Panda Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. It is also one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda. It is privately operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of San Diego on 100 acres (40 ha) of parkland leased from the City of San Diego, and ownership of all animals, equipment and other assets rests with the City of San Diego. The San Diego Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM), and a member of the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The San Diego Zoo grew out of exotic animal exhibitions abandoned after the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth founded the Zoological Society of San Diego, meeting October 2, 1916, which initially followed precedents set by the New York Zoological Society at the Bronx Zoo. He served as president of the society until 1941. A permanent tract of land in Balboa Park was set aside in August 1921, and the zoo began to move in the following year. Ellen Browning Scripps financed a fence
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    Whipsnade Wild Animal Park

    Whipsnade Wild Animal Park

    • Located In: Whipsnade
    • Exhibits: Lions of the Serengeti
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, formerly known as Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, is a zoo and safari park located at Whipsnade, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England. It is one of two zoos (the other being ZSL London Zoo in Regent's Park, London) that are owned by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. The park covers 600 acres (2.4 km), and can be located from miles to the north and from the air because of the Whipsnade White Lion, a large hill figure carved into the side of the Dunstable Downs (part of the Chiltern Hills) below the White Rhino enclosure. Due to its size, inside the park, visitors may walk, use the Zoo's bus service, or drive their own cars between the various animal enclosures, or through an 'Asian' area where some animals are allowed to roam free. There is also a narrow gauge train service. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. It is home to 2,955 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. The majority of the animals are kept within sizeable enclosures; others, such as the peacocks, the South American mara and Australian wallabies, roam freely around the
    7.50
    4 votes
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    Knowsley Safari Park

    Knowsley Safari Park

    • Located In: Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley
    • Exhibits: Safari Drive
    Knowsley Safari Park is a tourist attraction in the borough of Knowsley on the outskirts of Liverpool, England. The park was also home to a former RAF airfield which closed at the end of World War II. The park was opened in July 1971 by Edward Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby and Jimmy Chipperfield using the expertise of General Manager Laurence Tennant MBE, formerly the Chief Game Warden of Parks in Uganda and Botswana. Initially the road through the park was 3.5 miles (5.6 km), with visitors driving past lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants and various antelope. Due to the popularity of this route, an additional 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of road was added in 1973, and camels, buffalo, white rhino, and tigers were added to the park. Over the years, a few modifications have been made. For instance, lions and tigers are now displayed in enclosures within the reserve, and a bypass around the baboons was built for visitors who are worried about damage to their cars. Situated around Knowsley Hall on the ancestral estate of the Earl of Derby, the reserve is home to many different animals including elephants, giraffes, lions, bongos, tigers and baboons. The Derby Estate have a
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    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    • Located In: Monterey
    • Exhibits: Giant Pacific Octopus
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Monterey, California. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing 623 separate named species on display. The aquarium benefits by a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay. The centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge Wing, is a 10 meter (33-foot) high 333,000-US-gallon (1,260,000 l; 277,000 imp gal) tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this tank, the aquarium was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp. Visitors are able to inspect the creatures of the kelp forest at several levels in the building. The largest tank in the aquarium is a 1,200,000-US-gallon (4,500,000 l; 1,000,000 imp gal) tank in the Open Sea galleries (formerly the Outer Bay), which features one of the world's largest single-paned windows. Sealife on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. The
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    Montreal Biodome

    Montreal Biodome

    • Located In: Montreal
    • Exhibits: The Laurentian Maple Forest
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Montreal Biodome (French: Biodôme de Montréal) is a facility located in Montreal that allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas. The building was originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games as a velodrome. It hosted both track cycling and judo events. Renovations on the building began in 1989 and in 1992 the indoor nature exhibit was opened. The Montreal Biodome is one of four facilities operated by the Montreal Nature Museum, which include the Montreal Insectarium, Montreal Botanical Garden, and Montreal Planetarium. It is an accredited member of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). The building was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert as part of his larger plan for an Olympic park that included the Montreal Olympic Stadium and the Olympic pool. The venue was a combined velodrome and Judo facility. Construction of the building began in August 1973, and the facility was officially opened in April 1976. In 1988, a feasibility study was conducted for converting the velodrome into a biodome. Construction started in 1989, and the facility was opened to the
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    5 votes
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    National Sea Life Centre

    National Sea Life Centre

    • Located In: Birmingham
    The National Sea Life Centre (grid reference SP059867) is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life in Brindleyplace, Birmingham, England. Its one-million-litre ocean tank houses giant green sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks and tropical reef fish, with a fully transparent underwater tunnel. The building was designed by Sir Norman Foster. However, Foster has effectively "buried" this project in his portfolio, and is reportedly embarrassed by the final building. It is located alongside the Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line Canal by Old Turn Junction and opposite the National Indoor Arena. It opened in spring 1996. In the Victorian era, the site was the location of two canal basins in Oozells Street Wharf. The National Sea Life Centre has an extensive seahorse breeding programme, with many species of newly reared seahorses in tanks viewable by visitors. In other displays, it has a Giant Pacific Octopus, as well as horseshoe crabs, green sea turtles, lobsters, sharks, sting rays, and otters. In Easter 2009, the Centre announced as its newest attraction a "Sensorama 4-D Cinema". So-called because in addition to 3-D viewing, the audience can be subjected to
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    Rio Grande Zoo

    Rio Grande Zoo

    • Located In: Albuquerque Biological Park
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Founded in 1927, the 64-acre (26 ha) Rio Grande Zoo, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park. Some of the most popular of the over 200 species are seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, tamarins, koalas, Mexican wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, jaguars, zebras, and rhinos. Sections of the zoo include an Africa exhibit area, an Australia exhibit area, the "Cat Walk", and Tropical America. A narrow-gauge railroad connects the zoo to the other facilities of the Albuquerque Biological Park. Walking distance through the zoo is 2.27 miles (3.65 km). The Albuquerque Biological Park is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Rio Grande Zoo exhibit animals that pertain to various geographical areas. The zoo is divided into continents. Reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, white rhinoceros, common chimpanzee, laughing hyena, cheetah, maribou stork, lappet-faced vultures, Cape griffon vultures, hippopotamus, African lion, rock hyrax, slender tail meerkat, serval, African crested porcupine, lowland gorilla, ankole, naked mole rat, red river hog,
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    Aquaria KLCC

    Aquaria KLCC

    The Aquaria KLCC is an underwater park located beneath Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre within Kuala Lumpur City Centre development precinct. Construction for the aquaruim in Petronas Towers stated on 1 January 1994. It was officially completed on 1 January 1995. Some renovations were started on 1 January 1996, with the official public opening on 1 January 1997. The 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad officially inaugurated the facility at midnight on 1 January 1998 at midnight. Featuring 60,000 square feet (5,600 m) in two levels with a 90-metre (300 ft) underwater tunnel, Aquaria KLCC houses over 250 different species and over 20,000 land and aquatic animals from Malaysia and around the world. Interactive information kiosks on fish and turtle conservation. It includes a themed retail area of about 5,000 square feet (460 m). Aquaria KLCC is based on the journey of water from the land to the sea. The journey starts in the misty highlands, down through rivers, through the rainforest and mangroves to the coral reefs into the deep blue sea.
    7.25
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    North Carolina Zoo

    North Carolina Zoo

    • Located In: Asheboro
    • Exhibits: North America Cypress Swamp
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The North Carolina Zoo is located in Asheboro in Randolph County, North Carolina in the Uwharrie Mountains near the geographic center of the state, approximately 75 miles (121 km) west of Raleigh, NC, United States. At 1,371 acres (555 ha), it is one of the largest "walk-through" natural-habitat zoo in the world, the first in the United States, and only one of two state-owned zoos in the United States. The NC Zoo has over 1100 animals from more than 250 species primarily representing Africa and North America. The zoo is open 364 days a year and receives more than 700,000 visitors annually. In 1967, the North Carolina legislature created the NC Zoological Garden Study Commission to examine the feasibility of a state zoo. The nine-member commission found that a zoo was both feasible and desirable. The next year, the North Carolina Zoological Society was formed with the goal of raising funds and public support for the zoo project. The same year, the legislature created the NC Zoological Authority to oversee the project. The site in Randolph County was selected from 6 sites after a 2-year search by the zoo commission, led by State Representative Archie McMillan of Wake County. After
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    Salisbury Zoo

    Salisbury Zoo

    • Located In: Salisbury
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Salisbury Zoological Park, commonly referred to as the Salisbury Zoo, is a 12-acre (4.9 ha) zoo located on the Delmarva Peninsula in the Salisbury, Maryland city park. To prevent the zoo from becoming a motley assortment of animals, the Salisbury Zoo chooses to mainly house species native to North and South America rather than exotic animals from many different continents. Its collection of over 110 animals includes American alligators, flamingos, North American river otters, ocelots, Patagonian Cavys, red wolves, two-toed sloths, jaguars, llamas, turtles, macaws, rescued raptors and owls, and a spectacled or Andean bear. The Salisbury Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is one of only a few AZA-accredited zoos that do not charge an entrance fee. The zoo was founded in 1954 with the placement of some animals on permanent display in the city park. Improvements made in the 1970s resulted in the naturalistic enclosures for species native to North, Central and South America that visitors see today. The zoo is currently run by a 9 member commission appointed by the Salisbury city council, and is funded partly by the Salisbury Zoo Commission and
    7.25
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    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

    • Located In: Palm Desert
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, formerly the Living Desert Museum, is a public desert botanical garden and a zoo located in Palm Desert, Riverside County, California, United States. They are in the Sonoran Desert of the Coachella Valley and Santa Rosa Mountains foothills near Palm Springs, California. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has been a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1983, and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). It has participated in species reintroduction programs including the peninsular bighorn sheep to the local mountains, an returning Arabian oryx to Oman. The gardens of the Low Desert – Colorado Desert were established in 1970 as a 360-acre (150 ha) wilderness preserve by the Palm Springs Desert Museum. By 1974 the gardens housed a Kit Fox, tortoises, lizards, and two Bighorn Sheep. In 1974–75 the Mojave Garden was built, a replica of the High Desert – Mojave Desert. Additional facilities have gradually been constructed, including greenhouses, model trains, and designed landscape gardens. New animal introductions include: Rhim Gazelles (1981); mountain lions, bobcats and badgers (1993); meerkats; cheetahs
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    Wildlife Safari

    Wildlife Safari

    • Located In: Winston
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Wildlife Safari is a safari park in Winston, Oregon, United States. It is home to hundreds of animals that wander freely over the 600-acre (240 ha) park, which guests can drive through. The park also includes a walkthrough exhibit displaying some of the park's smaller animals. It has Oregon's only African Elephants and maned wolves as of 2009. The safari has been member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1986, one of only three such animal attractions in the state. Frank Hart, a frequent visitor to Africa, created Wildlife Safari, which opened in the spring of 1973. It became a non-profit organization in 1980, and is overseen by the Safari Game Search Foundation. Between the drive-through area and the village, Wildlife Safari features over 600 animals including bears, capybaras, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, lions, and ostriches. More than 500 of these animals are given free rein on the grasslands, and are accessible for viewing by driving on a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) road. Visitors can stop to view the animals and take pictures anywhere except in the bear cage. Besides both black and brown bears, other animals in "protected contact" include tigers, lions,
    6.20
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    Edinburgh Zoo

    Edinburgh Zoo

    • Located In: Edinburgh
    • Exhibits: Penguin Parade
    • Organization Memberships: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Edinburgh Zoo, formally the Scottish National Zoological Park, is an 82-acre (33 ha) non-profit zoological park located in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. The mission statement of Edinburgh Zoo is "To excite and inspire our visitors with the wonder of living animals, and so to promote the conservation of threatened species and habitats". The land lies on the Corstorphine Hill, from which it provides extensive views of the city. Built in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, it receives over 600,000 visitors a year, which makes it Scotland's second most popular paid-for tourist attraction, after Edinburgh Castle. As well as catering to tourists and locals, the Zoo is involved in many scientific pursuits, such as captive breeding of endangered animals, researching into animal behaviour, and active participation in various conservation programs around the world. Edinburgh Zoo was the first zoo in the world to house and to breed penguins. It is also the only zoo in Britain to house koalas and giant pandas. The zoo is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the World
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    Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

    Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

    Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) (Chinese: 嘉道理農場暨植物園), formerly known as Kadoorie Experimental and Extension Farm (嘉道理試驗及推廣農場), or Kadoorie Farm (嘉道理農場) for short, was originally set up for aiding poor farmers in the New Territories in Hong Kong. It later shifted its focus to promote biodiversity conservation in Hong Kong and South China, and greater environmental awareness. It is located near Pak Ngau Shek, encompassing Kwun Yum Shan in the central New Territories; The Farm was built in a valley with streams, woodlands and terraces in 1956 by the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association. Now it is managed to integrate nature conservation, including a rescue and rehabilitation programme for native animals, along with holistic education and practices in support of a transition to sustainable living. The Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence Kadoorie and Sir Horace Kadoorie, planted the seeds for Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden when they founded the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association in 1951. The aim of the Association was to encourage the right mental outlook by helping people to help themselves through training, supply of agricultural inputs and interest-free loans. In 1956, the
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    Sacramento Zoo

    Sacramento Zoo

    • Located In: William Land Park
    • Exhibits: March of the penguins
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Sacramento Zoo is a zoo located in William Land Park in Sacramento, California. It opened on June 2, 1927 with 40 animals. At that time it occupied 4.2 acres (1.7 ha), which remained the case until the early 1960s when the zoo expanded to its current 14.3 acres (5.8 ha). As of December 2004 the zoo had 609 animals on site, and posted over $4.4 million in total liabilities and net assets. The zoo opened as the 4.2-acre (1.7 ha) "William Land Park Zoo" on June 2, 1927 with 40 animals brought together from various local parks, including monkeys, raccoons, birds, and deer. In 1956 the Sacramento Zoological Society was formed to support the zoo and raise funds. In 1997 the society took over day to day operation of the zoo. The zoo was expanded to 14.3 acres (5.8 ha) in the early 1960s, with new habitats built in most areas of the zoo. In 1965 the zoo received its first grizzly bear and two orangutans, and for the first time started charging admission. The current name was adopted in 1970, along with the completion of the reptile house and the creation of a docent program. On April 6, 2007 an exhibit featuring six penguins opened to the public. The day prior, Mayor Heather Fargo and
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    Knoxville Zoo

    Knoxville Zoo

    • Located In: Knoxville
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Knoxville Zoo is a 53-acre (21 ha) zoo located just east of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee near exit 392 of Interstate 40. The zoo is home to about 800 animals and welcomes over 400,000 human visitors each year. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo features many naturalistic outdoor habitats for its animal residents, including: Indoor exhibits at the zoo include the Night Club, the Barn Loft, and a large reptile collection. Attractions for children include the Clayton Family Kids Cove, which opened in 2005, the Wee Play Zoo, and a new indoor play area. The Knoxville Zoo has been successful at breeding several endangered species, especially Red Pandas and White Rhinos. The zoo also bred the first African elephant in captivity in the western hemisphere, in 1978. In 2009, Sarah Glass, Curator of red pandas and Special Exhibits at the Knoxville Zoo in Knoxville, Tennessee, was appointed as coordinator for the North American Red Panda Species Survival Plan. The Knoxville Zoo has the largest number of captive red panda births in the Western Hemisphere (101 as of August 2011). Only the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands has had more captive births
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    Memphis Zoo

    Memphis Zoo

    • Located In: Memphis
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years. The land currently designated to the Memphis Zoo was defined by the Overton Park master plan in 1988, it is owned by the City of Memphis. The zoo is set on 76 acres (31 ha), of which approximately 55 acres (22 ha) are developed. In 2008, the Memphis Zoo was ranked "#1 Zoo in the U.S." by TripAdvisor.com. The ranking was based on visitor opinions. Since the early 1990s, the Memphis Zoo has invested over $77 million for renovation and expansion. The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in three zones with 19 exhibits, such as Teton Trek, Northwest Passage and China, home to Giant Pandas Ya Ya and Le Le The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo was established on April 4, 1906 with $1,200 from the Memphis Park Commission. In August, 23 cages and concrete bear enclosures were built with another $3,628 thanks to the head of the Commission, Col. Robert Galloway. Galloway Hall, the Memphis Zoo's first building, was
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    SeaWorld San Diego

    SeaWorld San Diego

    • Located In: San Diego
    SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California, United States. The park is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a division of The Blackstone Group. SeaWorld San Diego is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SeaWorld was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles. Although their original idea of an underwater restaurant was not feasible at the time, the idea was expanded into a 22-acre (8.9 ha) marine zoological park along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. After an investment of about $1.5 million, the park opened with 45 employees, several dolphins, sea lions, and two seawater aquariums, and hosted more than 400,000 visitors in its first year of operation. Initially held as a private partnership, SeaWorld offered its stock publicly in 1968 enabling them to expand and open additional parks. The second SeaWorld location, SeaWorld Ohio, opened in 1970, followed by SeaWorld Orlando in 1973 and SeaWorld San Antonio (the largest of the parks) in 1988. SeaWorld Ohio was later sold to Six Flags in January 2001. The parks were owned and operated by
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    Ueno Zoo

    Ueno Zoo

    • Located In: Tokyo
    • Organization Memberships: Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Ueno Zoo (恩賜上野動物園, Onshi Ueno Dōbutsuen) is a 14.3-hectare (35-acre) zoo, managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and located in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. It is Japan's oldest zoo, opening on March 20, 1882. It is a five-minute walk from the Park Exit of Ueno Station, with convenient access from Tokyo's public-transportation network. The Ueno Zoo Monorail, the first monorail in the country, connects the eastern and western parts of the grounds. The zoo is in Ueno Park, a large urban park that is home to museums, a small amusement park, and other attractions. The zoo is closed Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). The ground was originally estate of the imperial family, but was bestowed (恩賜, onshi, forming the first part of the name in Japanese, untranslated officially) to the municipal government in 1924 — along with Ueno Park — on the occasion of crown prince Hirohito's wedding. Shortly after March 1945 bombings of Tokyo, the Japanese placed U.S. Army Air Force pilot Ray "Hap" Halloran on display naked in a Ueno Zoo tiger cage so civilians could walk in front of the cage and view the B-29 prisoner. The Japanese Army ordered that all "wild and dangerous animals" at the zoo
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    The Deep

    The Deep

    • Located In: Kingston upon Hull
    • Exhibits: The Cool Seas
    • Organization Memberships: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Deep is a public aquarium situated at Sammy's Point, at the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber estuary in Hull, England. It opened in March 2002. Billed as 'the world's only submarium', the tanks contain thousands of sea creatures (including seven species of shark), 2,500,000 litres (550,000 imp gal; 660,000 US gal) of water and 87 tonnes (96 tons) of salt housed in a building designed by Sir Terry Farrell and built as part of the UK National Lottery's Millennium Commission project. The Deep is also a centre for marine research. Staff marine biologists look after the animals in The Deep’s collection as well as carrying out research into the marine environment. The Deep is a charitable public aquarium dedicated to increasing peoples enjoyment and understanding of the world’s oceans. It is one of the most successful millennium projects in the Country. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Sammy's point has a history going back at least to the 16th century, when a castle (Hull Castle) was built on part of the site, parts of this were made into a new fortification (The Citadel) in 1681. When the Victoria Dock was built in 1850, mud that was dug up for the dock was used
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    Assiniboine Park

    Assiniboine Park

    • Located In: Winnipeg
    • Exhibits: Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden
    • Organization Memberships: Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Assiniboine Park is a park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was established in 1904 and is located north of the Assiniboine Forest, named for the Assiniboine people. The park covers 1,100 acres (450 ha), of which 400 acres (160 ha) are designed in the English landscape style. The park includes the 700-acre (280 ha) Assiniboine Forest, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Assiniboine Park Conservatory, the historic Assiniboine Park Pavilion, formal and informal gardens, a sculpture garden, a miniature railway, an outdoor theatre for performing arts, and numerous other attractions. One of the earliest park features and a major indoor attraction, The Conservatory is a botanical garden housing more than 8,000 flowers, plants and trees that are non-native to Manitoba, but which grow profusely under the ideal conditions created in the Palm House and Display Garden. The original Palm House was erected in 1914, and in 1968 a fully modern structure was built over and around the Palm House, enclosing it. Known throughout North America for its luxuriant display of thousands of annual and perennial flowers, the English Garden (established between 1926 and 1927) contains nearly three acres of flowers, shrubs and
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    Audubon Zoo

    Audubon Zoo

    • Located In: New Orleans
    • Exhibits: African Savanna
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Audubon Zoo is a zoo located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the Audubon Nature Institute which also manages the Aquarium of the Americas. The zoo covers 58 acres (23 ha) and is home to 2,000 animals. It is located in a section of Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans, on the Mississippi River side of Magazine Street. The zoo and park are named in honor of artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821. Some of the exhibits include gorillas, orangutans, and the Louisiana swamp exhibit. It is also home to two rare white tigers and rare white alligators. The zoo is open year round Tuesday through Sunday, except Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. While there had been animal exhibits on and around this site for the World Cotton Centennial Exhibition 1884 World's Fair, the origins of the current zoo are found in the early 20th century. A flight cage has been in it since 1914. In the boom of the 1920s many additions were made; the sea lion pool with neo-classical columns from 1928 can still be seen today, as can a few art nouveau buildings later used as a reptile exhibit. During the Great Depression a $400,000 expansion of the zoo
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    New England Aquarium

    New England Aquarium

    • Located In: Boston
    • Exhibits: The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The New England Aquarium is an aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to the main aquarium building, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which operates from April through November. The aquarium has more than 22,000 members and hosts more than 1.3 million visitors each year. The New England Aquarium's initial conceptual design, architecture and exhibit design (opened in 1969), was led by Peter Chermayeff of Peter Chermayeff LLC while at Cambridge Seven Associates. Planning for the aquarium began in 1962, with the principal designer being Peter Chermayeff of Cambridge Seven Associates. The building was opened to the public in 1969. The Giant Ocean Tank opened in 1970, and at the time was the largest circular ocean tank in the world. In 1974, a multi-storied ship, Discovery, was moored next to the Aquarium. It served as a floating mammal pavilion for the aquarium as the lack of land limited the aquarium's ability for expansion. This 1,000 seat observer stadium overlooked a 116,000 gallon pool. It hosted dolphins, until the mid-1990s, and sea lions, until the ship's retirement. Discovery was
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    Palmyre Zoo

    Palmyre Zoo

    • Located In: Les Mathes
    La Palmyre Zoo (French: Zoo de La Palmyre) is a zoo in Les Mathes, Charente-Maritime, France. It was created in 1966 in the forest of the Les Mathes by Claude Caillé. Extending over 18 hectares (44 acres), including 14 of landscape garden, it offers the visitor the opportunity of observing more than 1600 animals of all kinds, divided into 130 species, over a distance of more than 4 kilometres (2.5 mi). La Palmyre Zoo officially opened its doors in 1966, but the project really began in a semi-official way in 1957, thanks to the efforts of its founder, Claude Caillé. He was the son of a newspaperman, with whom he started working at the age of 14. In his twenties he met his future wife, Irene, whose brother had a small zoological gardens in Croustille, close to Limoges. It was through his frequent visits helping his brother-in-law that Claude Caillé discovered his passion for animals. Consequently he became interested and went on to study zoology. In 1957, accompanied by his wife and their two children, Patrick and Bruno, he began with a small travelling zoo which he exhibited in schools, traveling through France. In the 1960s he decided to leave for Africa to capture animals. After a
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    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    • Located In: Washington, D.C.
    • Exhibits: Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The National Zoological Park, commonly known as the National Zoo, is one of the oldest zoos in the United States, and as part of the Smithsonian Institution, does not charge admission. Founded in 1889, its mission is to provide leadership in animal care, science, education, sustainability, and visitor experience. The National Zoo has two campuses. The first is a 163-acre (66 ha) urban park located in northwest Washington, D.C. that is 20 minutes from the National Mall by Metro to the Woodley Park station, or downhill walk from the Cleveland Park station. The other campus is the 3,200-acre (1,300 ha) Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI; formerly known as the Conservation and Research Center) in Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI is a non-public facility devoted to training wildlife professionals in conservation biology and to propagating rare species through natural means and assisted reproduction. The National Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Altogether, the two facilities contain 2,000 animals of 400 different species. About one-fifth of them are endangered or threatened. Most species are on exhibit at the Zoo's Rock Creek Park campus. The
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    Charles Paddock Zoo

    Charles Paddock Zoo

    • Located In: Atascadero
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Charles Paddock Zoo is a small 5-acre (2.0 ha) community zoo located in San Luis Obispo County, California, in the City of Atascadero, California. It is the only zoo in the Central Coast area of that U.S. state. It is also home to a female Indochinese tiger named Sala, one of only 235 worldwide. Accredited since 1991, the zoo is one of the smallest zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Charles Paddock Zoo was started by Charles "Chuck" Paddock, a county park ranger, in the county animal shelter in 1955. Paddock would nurse wild animals back to health, and by 1959 his menagerie contained over 125 birds and mammals. In 1963 the animals were moved to the current location adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Park, just off State Route 41, and the new zoo was named Atascadero Children’s Zoo. In 1979, the City of Atascadero took over management of the zoo after it was incorporated. The name was changed to Charles Paddock Zoo in honor of its founder in 1980. In 2010, while the zoo was under review for re-accreditation, it started a series of renovations and maintenance updates including new roofs, repaving, new public fencing, and a long list of other smaller
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    Howletts Zoo

    Howletts Zoo

    • Located In: Canterbury
    • Exhibits: Walking with Lemurs
    Howletts Wild Animal Park (formerly known as Howletts Zoo) was set up as a private zoo in 1957 by John Aspinall near Canterbury, Kent. The animal collection was opened to the public in 1975. To give more room for the animals another estate at Port Lympne near Hythe, Kent was purchased in 1973, and opened to the public as Port Lympne Zoo in 1976. The collection is known for being unorthodox, for the encouragement of close personal relationships between staff and animals, and for their breeding of rare and endangered species. Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin visited the park in 2004 and said the following about his visit - "I love this joint and I love these gorillas – they’re the finest in the world.". Since 1984 both parks have been owned by a charity (The John Aspinall Foundation). Following the death of John Aspinall he was buried in front of the mansion house and a memorial was built next to the grave near the bison. The most recent extension to Howletts was the Black and White Colobus open-topped enclosure, just behind the entrance. Howletts Wild Animal Park is home to the largest breeding herd of African Elephants in the UK and one of the largest breeding groups of Lion-Tailed
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    National Zoo & Aquarium

    National Zoo & Aquarium

    • Located In: New South Wales
    • Organization Memberships: ARAZPA
    The National Zoo and Aquarium is a privately owned 25-acre (10.1 ha) zoo and aquarium in the Australian capital city of Canberra. It is located in Yarralumla at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin also next to Scrivener Dam. "To inspire and assist in the conservation of the natural world through innovative and exciting educational experiences." The National Zoo and Aquarium is privately owned by Canberra businessman Richard Tindale, and is maintained as a predominantly family-run business. The zoo receives no Government or Commonwealth support, and relies on entry fees from the public to continue operations. The zoo also relies on a large number of volunteer recruits to aid in the management of its grounds and the animals residing there. The Zoo is the only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia. The zoo has both Australian endemic species and introduced species including the largest collection of big cats in Australia, including, until recently, the only tiglon in Australasia. The zoo is also involved in a number of breeding programs for endangered species. The National Zoo and Aquarium plays host to many educational programs and specially designed tours for various groups;
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    UnderWater World, Queensland

    UnderWater World, Queensland

    • Located In: Mooloolaba
    • Organization Memberships: ARAZPA
    UnderWater World at Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary. Underwater World is an institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA). UnderWater World officially opened in 1989. Several scenes in the Jackie Chan 1996 film Police Story 4: First Strike were shot in the park, including a scene in the main aquarium. In one of the scenes a tourist family is visible in the reflection on one of the tanks. During the Christmas period of 2006 UnderWater World had a Giant Squid preserved in a block of ice on display. A moving walkway in a 80-metre (260 ft) shark tunnel under the 2,500,000-litre (660,000 USgal) oceanarium takes visitors past several viewing windows, with fish swimming all around the walkway. The exhibit includes three separate habitats: coral reef, cave and open ocean. Its residents include rays, moray eels, grey nurse sharks, sandbar whalers, whitetip reef sharks, and zebra sharks. In November 2011, the shark tank and moving walkway were closed for an upgrade. There are seven seals at UnderWater World, one New Zealand fur seal, two Australian fur seals and four Australian sea lions which make
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    Arignar Anna Zoological Park

    Arignar Anna Zoological Park

    • Located In: Chennai
    • Exhibits: Small Mammals House
    • Organization Memberships: Central Zoo Authority of India
    Arignar Anna Zoological Park, also known as the Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai, India, about 31 kilometres (19 mi) from the city centre and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chennai Airport. Founded in 1855, the park was the first public zoo in India. It is affiliated with the Central Zoo Authority of India. Spread over an area of 602 hectares (1,490 acres), including a 92.45-hectare (228.4-acre) rescue and rehabilitation center, the park is the largest zoological garden in India. It houses more than 170 species of animals in about 81 enclosures. There are about 47 species of mammals, 63 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians, 25 species of fishes, and 10 species of insects in the park. The park, with an objective to be a repository of the state's fauna, is credited with being the second wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu after Mudumalai National Park. In 1854, Edward Green Balfour, the then director of the Government Central Museum at Madras, persuaded the Nawab of the Carnatic to donate his entire animal collection to the museum. This attracted large crowds and became the nucleus of the
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    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    • Located In: New Bedford
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Buttonwood Park Zoo, located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, is a ten-acre zoo located in the center of Buttonwood Park. It is owned and operated by the City of New Bedford, with the support of the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society. The zoo opened in 1894 and reopened in 2000 after major renovations. It is home to a variety of North American wildlife and it supports many conservation programs, such as the Cape Cod Stranding Network. The Buttonwood Park Zoo is the oldest continually operating zoo in Massachusetts. In 1969, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society (BPZS), a private, nonprofit corporation, was founded to manage the membership program, run concessions, produce zoo events, and coordinate fundraising. The City of New Bedford supplies one-third of the money needed to operate the zoo, and the remainder is covered by concessions income and contributions from the BPZS. By the 1990s, the zoo was in deplorable condition and in need of renovation. The zoo closed in late 1995 for renovations. The new, state-of-the-art Buttonwood Park Zoo opened in August 2000 to wide acclaim. Buttonwood Park Zoo was called "one of the finest small zoos in the United States" by the
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    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    • Located In: Colorado Springs
    • Exhibits: African Rift Valley
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a mountainside zoo, located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States at an elevation of 6,800 feet (2,100 m) above sea level. The Zoo covers 140-acre (57 ha), of which 40 acres (16 ha) are in use. It is located west of the Broadmoor Hotel Resort along the slopes of Cheyenne Mountain's lower north end. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only two mountain zoos in the United States (the other being Mill Mountain Zoo in Virginia). The animal collection includes more than 750 animals, representing nearly 150 different species, with more than 30 endangered species. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. In 1938, after substantial development, Penrose incorporated the Zoo as a non-profit public trust to the people of Colorado Springs. This trust was deemed "for the sole purpose of establishing and maintaining a zoological park to provide recreation, education, conservation and scientific facilities in the field of zoology and related subjects, and to preserve the Zoo in perpetuity for the people of the Pikes Peak region." As an
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    Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

    Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

    • Located In: Mid-levels
    The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (Chinese: 香港動植物公園) is one of the oldest zoological and botanical centres in the world. It occupies an area of 5.6 hectares at Mid-levels, on the northern slope of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. Founded in 1871, its first stage had been opened to the public in 1864. Similar to Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens provides a natural environment and atmosphere in Central District. It is bigger than Hong Kong Park and contains more plants, birds and facilities. The park was previously named Bing Tau Fa Yuen (「兵頭花園」). "Bing Tau" literally means "the head of the soldiers" or the "Commander-in-Chief". Some said it was named such way by the Chinese because it was once the private garden of the governor. Other said Bing Tau was just the phonetic transliteration of the first two syllables of the word botanical. In the old days, many lovers liked to go there on a date. At the southern entrance to the gardens, at Upper Albert Road, is a memorial arch dedicated to the Chinese who died assisting the Allies during the two World Wars. The inscription on the lintel reads: "In Memory of the Chinese who died loyal to the Allied cause
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    Indianapolis Zoo

    Indianapolis Zoo

    • Located In: Indianapolis
    • Exhibits: Forests
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, first opened to the public in 1964. Its current home in White River State Park was opened in 1988 with a size of 64 acres (26 ha). The zoo hosts more than a million visitors each year and plays a role in worldwide conservation and research, including accomplishing the world’s first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant. The Indianapolis Zoo is the only institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium, and as a botanical garden. The zoo is a private non-profit organization, receiving no tax support and is supported entirely by membership fees, admissions, donations, sales, grants, and an annual fundraiser. The Indianapolis Zoo's stated mission is "The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation." The Indianapolis Zoo opened on April 18, 1964 at its original location on East 30th St. The official opening was two decades after the Indianapolis Zoological Society Inc. was formed and planning for the Zoo started. The Zoo originally featured an Asian elephant,
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    Jurong BirdPark

    Jurong BirdPark

    • Located In: Singapore
    • Exhibits: African Waterfall Aviary
    Jurong Bird Park (Chinese: 裕廊飞禽公园; Malay: Taman Burung Jurong; Tamil: ஜுரோங் பறவை பூங்கா), is a tourist attraction in Singapore managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore. It is a landscaped park, built on the western slope of Jurong Hill. It is located within the Boon Lay Planning Area of the Jurong district and has an area of 202,000 square metres (50 acres). The idea of a permanent bird exhibit was first conceived by late Dr Goh Keng Swee, then Minister for Finance, in 1968. During a World Bank Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Dr Goh visited its zoological garden and was impressed with its free-flight aviary. He sought to see that Jurong would be more than an industrial zone that Singaporeans would have a place where they could escape from urban life, where people could relax with nature. On 3 January 1971, Jurong Bird Park, built at a cost of S$3.5 million, was opened to the public. Jurong Bird Park is now a world-famous bird zoo where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a flock of one thousand and one flamingos. It is currently the world's largest bird park in terms of number of birds, and second largest both in number of bird species and land
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    Marwell Wildlife

    Marwell Wildlife

    • Located In: Winchester
    • Exhibits: Savannah Tracks
    • Organization Memberships: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Marwell Wildlife, formerly known as Marwell Zoological Park, is a 140-acre (57 ha) zoo situated at Owslebury in the English county of Hampshire, near Winchester. It is home to over 1,200 animals of 235 different species, and in 2007 was voted by Hampshire residents in an online poll as the place they were most proud of. Beyond the park itself, Marwell Wildlife is also a registered charity that works for international conservation, with a particular focus in Africa in addition to work from its base in Hampshire. Its name was changed from Marwell Zoo in 2009 to reflect these wider activities. The zoological park is situated in the estate of Marwell Hall, a Grade I listed building where Henry VIII is believed to have courted Lady Jane Seymour. During World War II, an area within the estate was used as an airfield. The zoo was founded by John Knowles, opening in 1972. It was one of the earliest zoos in Europe to place an emphasis on animal conservation. Within a few years of its establishment, it became an important breeding centre for several species, some (e.g. the Mongolian Wild Horse) already extinct in the wild, others (e.g. the Snow Leopard and Siberian Tiger) close to
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    Minnesota Zoo

    Minnesota Zoo

    • Located In: Apple Valley
    • Exhibits: Tropics Trail
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Minnesota Zoo (formerly Minnesota Zoological Gardens), is an AZA-accredited zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When it opened on May 22, 1978 it was fairly revolutionary in its exhibit design. The zoo, built in a suburbanizing rural area, had more space to house exhibits and was one of the first zoos to organize its animals by their living environment as opposed to their species. Exhibits are arrayed in six themed areas, including three themed walking trails ranging from one to two miles in length: The Minnesota Zoo is a state agency. This differs from other zoos in Minnesota and most others in the United States, which are run by municipalities or private organizations. The Minnesota Zoo charges admission and sells annual memberships. It is also home to a high school, the School of Environmental Studies. The Medtronic Minnesota Trail features animals native to Minnesota. The Trail, which had been nearly the same since it opened in 1978, was reopened in 2007 after a year-long renovation. The trail now features a "north woods" look and includes exhibits for raccoons, coyotes, and gray wolves together with long-time residents like beaver, otter, puma, and lynx. Smaller Minnesota
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    Tierpark Hellabrunn

    Tierpark Hellabrunn

    • Located In: Munich
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Hellabrunn Zoo (or Tierpark Hellabrunn in German) is a 36-hectare (89-acre) zoological garden in the Bavarian capital of Munich. The zoo is situated on the right bank of the river Isar, in the southern part of Munich near the quarter of Thalkirchen. As the groundwater level here is rather high and the water is of very good quality, the zoo can cover its needs for freshwater by using its own wells. A high ratio of enclosures are cageless, relying upon moat features to keep the animals in place. The zoo also has several food dispensers where, for a small cost, the correct food for the species may be thrown by the public. This reduces the risk of animals being fed inappropriate foodstuffs. Tierpark Hellabrunn is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). On 25 February 1905 the Verein Zoologischer Garten München e.V. (Engl. Society of the Zoological Garden of Munich) was founded and the Hellabrunn area was chosen as the location for the zoo. The zoo was designed by architect Emanuel von Seidl, and opened to the public on 1 August 1911. In 1922, the zoo was closed due to the inflation in Germany. It was
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    UShaka Marine World

    UShaka Marine World

    • Located In: Durban
    uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare (40-acre) theme park which was opened in April 2004 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It comprises 4 sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet 'n Wild, uShaka Beach, and uShaka Village Walk. It is located on the strip of land between the beachfront and the harbour. It was the first phase in the redevelopment of the Durban Point. The park was opened on 30 April 2004 after 3 years of development. In 2005, the park was awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in thematic creative design" by the Themed Entertainment Association. uShaka Sea World is the 5th largest aquarium in the world, with 32 tanks totaling 17,500 cubic meters of water. The underground aquarium is designed around 5 shipwrecks, with its entrance through the above ground "Phantom Ship", which contains several restaurants including the "Cargo Hold," with a wall sized shark aquarium visible from most of the dining areas, and the "Upper Deck," with views of the open sea exhibits that surround the "ship". The dolphin stadium can seat 1,200 visitors, and the seal stadium can seat about 450. The aquarium is home to shark species such as ragged-tooth sharks, spinner sharks, hammerhead
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    Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium

    Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium

    • Located In: Springfield
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The American National Fish and Wildlife Museum, doing business as Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium, also known as Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium or just Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Missouri, showcases more than 225 species of live animals, fresh and saltwater aquariums, interactive displays and educational programs. The 92,000-square-foot (8,500 m) facility, designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, opened on November 2, 2001. The attraction closed in December 2007, with the announcement of a planned expansion that would have increased the square footage of the facility by 58 percent, at a cost of $25 million. Subsequently, museum representatives have announced a much more ambitious expansion, at a cost of about $80 million. They expect to open the Conservation Education Center by the end of December 2011, with the rest of the museum planned to be open by December 2012. Wonders of Wildlife is a result of intensive lobbying campaign and financial support of John Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. He campaigned and lobbied for the ballot initiative that funded the $52,000,000.00 cost of building the museum and the creation of a museum district to oversee the planning,
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    Rio Grande Botanic Garden

    Rio Grande Botanic Garden

    • Organization Memberships: American Public Gardens Association
    The ABQ Biopark Botanic Garden is a 36-acre (15 ha) botanical garden located located at 2601 Central Avenue NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico, beside the Rio Grande. The garden showcases plants of the Southwest and other arid climates, and includes a 10,000-square-foot (930 m) conservatory, formal themed gardens, and a demonstration garden. One wing of the glass conservatory houses colorful plants native to Mediterranean climates zones of Spain, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, Chile and California. A second wing features xeric plants from North American deserts. Paths behind the conservatories allow visitors to experience New Mexico Habitats, including desert, grasslands, lava flows and sandhills. Medicinal plants are highlighted in El Jardin de la Curandera. Children and adults alike love to visit the miniature trains and villages of Railroad Hill and the gigantic vegetables and insects of the Children's Fantasy Garden. From mid-May through September, the PNM Butterfly Pavilion offers visitors an intimate experience with hundreds of colorful North American butterflies. The Heritage Farm represents farm life along the Rio Grande in the 1920's and 1930's and Colores offers
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    Loro Parque

    Loro Parque

    • Located In: Tenerife
    Loro Parque (Spanish for "parrot park") is a 13.5-hectare (33-acre) zoo located on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife, Spain where it houses an extensive and diverse reserve of animal and plant species. The park was initially conceived as a paradise for parrots and has developed over the years into one of the biggest attractions of the Canary Islands, with over 40 million visitors so far. Since 1972 when it opened at on 1.3 hectares (3.2 acres) with a 150 parrots, it has grown to 13.5 hectares (33 acres) and is home to some 4000 parrots representing 350 species and sub-species, as well as many other animals. This collection is claimed to be the largest in the world but properly titled 'the most diverse collection of parrots in the world' and makes the park one of the main references in the study and conservation of parrots worldwide. Mr. Antonio de Dios of Birds International in the Philippines has the largest collection of parrots in the world boasting 10,000 individual psittacines, a major contributor to the population of the Spix (C.spixii) in captivity. Other records the park has set include Europe's largest dolphin show pool, the world's largest indoor penguin
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    Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

    Madras Crocodile Bank Trust

    The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, located 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of the city of Chennai, in state of Tamil Nadu, India. The centre is both a registered trust and a recognized zoo under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is India's leading institution for herpeto faunal conservation, research and education. The bank is the first crocodile breeding centre in Asia and comes under the purview of the Central Zoo Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. It was established with the aim of saving three Indian endangered species of crocodile—the marsh or mugger crocodile, the saltwater crocodile, and the gharial, which at the time of founding of the trust were all nearing extinction. The CrocBank grounds are covered by coastal dune forest providing a haven for native wildlife, including large breeding colonies of water birds and a secure nesting beach for Olive Ridley sea turtles. The high aquifer on the sandy coast provides sufficient water supply and the proximity to the major tourist destination of Mahabalipuram ensures annual visitation. The centre is the biggest
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    Turtle Back Zoo

    Turtle Back Zoo

    • Located In: West Orange
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Turtle Back Zoo is a zoo in West Orange, New Jersey as part of the South Mountain Recreation Complex. Situated on 20 acres (8.1 ha)s in the South Mountain Reservation, it is part of the Essex County Park System, the oldest county park system in the United States. Founded in 1963, the zoo was originally a showcase for animals indigenous to New Jersey, but currently features species from every continent except Antarctica. As of 2012, it houses approximately 700 animals, including several hundred birds in a free-flight aviary. Located adjacent to the Richard J. Codey Arena, former practice home of the New Jersey Devils, the zoo is open year-round. The Turtle Back Zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2006. Turtle Back Zoo, which took its name from a nearby rock formation, opened in 1963 with a collection of 140 animals representing 40 species. It was originally opened seasonally and had a Hans Christian Andersen "storybook theme," with such exhibits as "a giant piggy bank, the ABC house, [and] the pirates’ ship". By 1973 the zoo was home to 850 animals representing 275 species. In 1975, the Zoological Society of New Jersey was
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    Bloedel Floral Conservatory

    Bloedel Floral Conservatory

    • Located In: Vancouver
    The Bloedel Floral Conservatory in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a conservatory and aviary located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. The Bloedel Floral Conservatory is open seven days a week, and is closed only on Christmas day. There is a modest admission charge. The conservatory opened in 1969 and was constructed through a donation from Prentice Bloedel. That same donation was used to cover the water reservoir on top of Queen Elizabeth Park and to provide covered walkways, lighted fountains and art work. In November 2009, facing a large budget shortfall, the Vancouver Park Board voted in favour of closing the Conservatory. The approximately $240,000 CDN annual operating subsidy and the need for a roof replacement and other major capital costs were cited by members of the board as reasons for the decision. The closure was to take effect on March 1, 2010, just after Vancouver had finished hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In response to the decision several groups formed in order to lobby both the board and city council. In early January 2010, a commissioner reported that attendance numbers were up sharply in December 2009 over December 2008 now that
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    Bronx Zoo

    Bronx Zoo

    • Located In: The Bronx
    • Exhibits: Madagascar
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Bronx Zoo is located in the Bronx borough of New York City, within Bronx Park. It is one of the world's largest metropolitan zoos, with over 600 species from around the world. The zoo comprises 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats, through which the Bronx River flows. The Bronx Zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Fordham University owned the land which became the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden. Fordham sold it to the City of New York for only $1,000 under the condition that the lands be used for a zoo and garden; this was in order to create a natural buffer between the university grounds and the urban expansion that was nearing. In the 1880s, New York State set aside the land for future development as parks. In 1895, New York State chartered the New York Zoological Society (later renamed to Wildlife Conservation Society) for the purpose of founding a zoo. The zoo (originally called the Bronx Zoological Park and the Bronx Zoological Gardens) opened its doors to the public on November 8, 1899, featuring
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    Brookfield Zoo

    Brookfield Zoo

    • Located In: Brookfield
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Brookfield Zoo is zoo located in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. The zoo covers an area of 216 acres (87 ha) and houses around 450 species of animals. Brookfield Zoo, also known as the Chicago Zoological Park, opened on July 1, 1934, and quickly gained international recognition for using moats and ditches, instead of cages, to separate animals from visitors and from other animals. The zoo was also the first in America to exhibit giant pandas, one of which (Su Lin) has been taxidermied and put on display in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. In 1960, Brookfield Zoo built the nation's first fully indoor dolphin exhibit, and in the 1980s the zoo introduced Tropic World, the first fully indoor rain forest simulation and the then-largest indoor zoo exhibit in the world. The Brookfield Zoo is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District and managed by the Chicago Zoological Society. The Society sponsors numerous research and conservation efforts globally. In 1919, Edith Rockefeller McCormick donated land she had received from her father as a wedding gift to the Cook County Forest Preserve District for development as a zoological garden. The district added 98
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    National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

    National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

    • Located In: Plymouth
    • Organization Memberships: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The National Marine Aquarium is a marine aquarium located in the city of Plymouth, England. Built on reclaimed land, it is located in Sutton Harbour, next to the Barbican and fishmarket, and was opened in May 1998. It is the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom. The mission statement of the National Marine Aquarium is "Driving Marine Conservation through Engagement". It is dedicated to its charitable aims of research, education and conservation. The National Marine Aquarium is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). The Aquarium is divided into 4 main zones: Plymouth Sound, British Coasts, Atlantic Ocean and Blue Planet. A visit to the aquarium takes you on a journey from the local waters of Plymouth across the world to the Great Barrier Reef. This zone displays marine life found around Plymouth. It concentrates on the surprising range of habitats found around the City. Most animals displayed in this zone are found in shallow water. sea stars, rays, lobsters, and an octopus. As visitors move on to the coasts of Britain, they can discover the potential of renewable energy from our Oceans. This zone houses life-size models of whales and dolphins
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    Theater of the Sea

    Theater of the Sea

    Theater of the Sea, established in 1946, is a marine mammal park located in the Village of Islamorada, Florida, United States. It is a tourist attraction located on Windley Key in the Florida Keys. Visitors can swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, and Sting Rays, or watch shows where they perform. In which dolphins swim in and jump through a hoop and ring a bell. The 17-acre (6.9 ha) site also has exotic birds, lizards, crocodilians, sea turtles, tropical, game fish, sharks, and other forms of marine life. Short cruises and bottomless boat rides are also conducted. The park also engages in ecological conservation programs, including the first artificial flipper transplant on a sea turtle. The property on which Theater of the Sea sits was formerly a quarry used to supply rock for construction of Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad. When the railroad went bankrupt after the devastating Labor Day Hurricane, the property was sold by the receivership to a local for $800 (having no interest in the property, the local was offered a parcel stretching to Whale Harbor, about 0.2 miles to the west, for the same $800). Theater of the Sea was opened in 1946. Media
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    Woodland Park Zoo

    Woodland Park Zoo

    • Located In: Seattle
    • Exhibits: Zoomazium
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Woodland Park Zoo is a zoological garden around the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Occupying the western half of Woodland Park, the zoo began as a small menagerie on the estate of Guy C. Phinney, a Canadian-born lumber mill owner and real estate developer. Opened in 1899, the 188-acre (76 ha) Woodland Park was sold to the city for $5,000 in cash and the assumption of a $95,000 mortgage on December 28, 1899, by Phinney's wife (Phinney had died six years earlier, in 1893). The sum was so large that the Seattle mayor vetoed the acquisition, only to be overruled by the city council. In 1902, the Olmsted Brothers firm of Boston was hired to design the city's parks, including Woodland Park, and the next year the collection of the private Leschi Park menagerie was moved to Phinney Ridge. As of the summer of 2010, the zoo includes 92 acres (37 ha) of exhibits and public spaces. It is open to the public daily, and welcomed 1.05 million visitors in 2006. Its collection includes: Woodland Park Zoo has won more Best National Exhibit awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums than any other zoological institution except the Bronx Zoo in New York. It has long been a
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    Auckland Zoo

    Auckland Zoo

    • Located In: Western Springs
    • Organization Memberships: ARAZPA
    Auckland Zoo is a 16.35-hectare (40-acre) zoological garden in Auckland, New Zealand, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland's central business district. It is run by the Auckland City Council with the Auckland Zoological Society as a supporting organisation. Auckland Zoo opened in 1922 experiencing early difficulties mainly due to animal health issues. By 1930 a sizable collection of animals had been assembled and a zoological society formed. The zoo consolidated during the Second World War and was at that time under the leadership of Lt. Col. Sawer. After the war the collection was expanded, and in the 1950s chimpanzees were acquired to provide tea parties for the public's entertainment, but this practice ceased in 1964. In 1973 the zoo expanded into the adjacent Western Springs park. From the late 1980s to the present day, many old exhibits were phased out and replaced by modern enclosures. In 2011 the zoo opened its largest development, Te Wao Nui, which exhibits native New Zealand flora and fauna. The zoo is separated loosely into areas defined by the region of origin of the species exhibited, its taxonomy, or by biome. The zoo plays a part in conservation
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    Beardsley Zoo

    Beardsley Zoo

    • Located In: Bridgeport
    • Exhibits: Rainforest
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Beardsley Zoo, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is the only zoo in the state of Connecticut. It includes one of the few carousels in the state. In 1878, James W. Beardsley, a wealthy farmer, donated over 100 acres (40 ha) of hilly, rural land bordering on the Pequonnock River with a distant view of Long Island Sound to the city of Bridgeport on condition that "the city shall accept and keep the same forever as a public park...." In 1881, the city contracted Frederick Law Olmsted, famous for creating New York City's Central Park, to create a design for Beardsley Park. Olmsted described the existing land as "pastoral, sylvan and idyllic" and, in 1884, delivered his plan for a simple, rural park for the residents to enjoy: "[The land donated by Beardsley] is thoroughly rural and just such a countryside as a family of good taste and healthy nature would resort to, if seeking a few hours' complete relief from scenes associated with the wear and tear of ordinary town life.... It is a better picnic ground than any possessed by the city of New York, after spending twenty million on parks.... The object of any public outlay upon it should be to develop and bring out these distinctive
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    Como Zoo and Conservatory

    Como Zoo and Conservatory

    • Located In: Saint Paul
    • Exhibits: Seal Island
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (or just Como Zoo and Conservatory) are located in Como Park at 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The park, zoo and conservatory are owned by the City of Saint Paul and are a division of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. The attractions located there include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 1.9 million visitors annually. Como Park is a free park and while no admission fee is charged for the zoo or conservatory, voluntary donations of $2 per adult and $1 child are suggested. In 1873 the City of Saint Paul acquired 300 acres (120 ha) of land around Como Lake that would become a public park. Today the 384-acre (155 ha) park includes: In 1939 Lake Como hosted the Winter Carnival Ice Palace and the Winter Carnival Medallion has been hidden in Como Park seven times (1956, 1965, 1980, 1990, 1997, 2001 and 2003). The first zoo in Saint Paul was on Harriet Island when in 1897, the city of St. Paul received a gift of three deer. Additional animals followed, when more room was needed to house the animals they were moved to facilities at
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    Oakland Zoo

    Oakland Zoo

    • Located In: Oakland
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Oakland Zoo, in the past known as the Knowland Zoo, is a 100-acre (40 ha) zoo located in southeastern Oakland, California, United States. Oakland Zoo is relatively small for a city of its size, but it contains modern exhibits. Most of its animals are kept in relatively "natural" habitats, and expanded natural habitats are planned. The Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo which opened in 2005 is a good example of the zoo's plans for the future, with interactive exhibits, state of the art animal housing facilities and children's play areas. The Zoo is nationally known for its excellent elephant exhibit and has been praised for allowing their elephants to roam freely. Naturalist Henry A. Snow established the Oakland Zoo in 1922 on 19th St and Harrison St in downtown Oakland. Snow Park now occupies the site of the Zoo's first home. Over the years the zoo relocated several times: to Sequoia Park, Joaquin Miller Park and finally in 1939 to Durant Park. Under Joseph R. Knowland, Chairman of the California State Park Commission, California purchased the land and in 1950 renamed the park to Joseph Knowland State Arboretum and Park. The East Bay Zoological Society (EBZS), founded in 1936
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    Phoenix Zoo

    Phoenix Zoo

    • Located In: Phoenix
    • Exhibits: Arizona Trail
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest non-profit zoo in the United States. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, a member of the Maytag family, and operates on 125 acres (51 ha) of land in the Papago Park area of Phoenix. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. The zoo has over 1,300 animals on display and contains 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of walking trails. It is divided into four main themed areas or trails: The Arizona Trail (American Southwest flora and fauna), the Africa Trail (animals from Africa), the Tropics Trail (residents of the rain forests), and the Children's Trail, which includes a petting zoo. The zoo has been conservation minded from its inception. Soon after it opened it hosted what was thought to be the last few Arabian Oryx, which formed the basis of the world herd created for Operation Oryx and eventually allowed the reintroduction of the species into the wild. It now includes a sanctuary to care for animals that are endangered or unwanted. The Phoenix Zoo began as a personal project of Robert Maytag, who formed the Arizona Zoological Society with the intention of opening a zoo in Phoenix. Although Maytag died a
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    Albuquerque Aquarium

    Albuquerque Aquarium

    • Located In: Albuquerque Biological Park
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The ABQ Biopark Aquarium, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States is a facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park and is located next door to the Rio Grande Botanic Garden. The ABQ Biopark Aquarium exhibits Gulf of Mexico saltwater species from a variety of habitats, including surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, open ocean and deep ocean. The highlight of the aquarium is a 285,000 gallon shark tank with a 38-foot (12 m)-wide, 9-foot (2.7 m)-high, 8-inch-thick acrylic viewing window. Jellies: Aliens of the Sea, featuring moon jellies and Japanese sea nettles, and the Moray Eel Tunnel are popular with aquarium visitors. The South Pacific Gallery features seahorses, pipefishes, and colorfully patterned reef fish. The Rio Grande at Central Bridge exhibit in the aquarium lobby offers visitors an opportunity to compare the kinds of fish that lived in the Albuquerque reach of the Rio Grande 100 years ago and those found today. The newest exhibit, Shark/Ray Encounter, allows guests to have a guided, up-close experience with bamboo sharks and stingrays. The Albuquerque Biological Park is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Albuquerque
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    Flamingo Land Resort

    Flamingo Land Resort

    • Located In: North Yorkshire
    • Exhibits: African Animals
    Flamingo Land is a theme park, zoo, and resort, in North Yorkshire, England. It attracts about 1.8 million visitors per year. Flamingo Land is also the 12th most visited theme park in Europe. Some of the major attractions at Flamingo Land include: Also on the site is a gym, a leisure centre, a spa, a golf course and some other holiday accommodation as well. Flamingo Land Resort began in 1959, when an old, small and bankrupt country club was bought up by a resident of Scarborough; an entrepreneur in the cinema and theatre industry called Edwin Pentland Hick. Hick named the site The Yorkshire Zoological Gardens and initially covered a mere nine acres of land. However Hick had grand ideas for the park; a vision which he had since military service during World War II. Hick has been described as both an eccentric and a visionary by his critics. He originally rented animals until receipts allowed him to buy more. Hick wanted to have dolphins in his park, which at that time were not found anywhere in captivity in the UK. In 1963, he organized expeditions to many locations around the world to capture bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales, including to the Indian Ocean and off the coast of
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    Hong Kong Wetland Park

    Hong Kong Wetland Park

    Hong Kong Wetland Park is a conservation, education and tourism facility, located at the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, in Yuen Long. It was to be an ecological mitigation area (EMA) for the wetlands lost due to Tin Shui Wai New Town development. The Hong Kong Wetland Park comprises a 10,000-square-metre (110,000 sq ft) visitor centre, Wetland Interactive World, and a 60-hectare (150-acre) Wetland Reserve. The Wetland Interactive World has themed exhibition galleries, a theatre, a souvenir shop, an indoor play area (swamp adventure) and a resource centre. The park is best known recently for its slogan seen on MTR stations, "Unroll the Hong Kong diverse green temptations" In 1998, a project named International Wetland Park and Visitor Centre Feasibility Study was initiated by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Hong Kong Tourism Board with a view to expanding the ecological mitigation area to a wetland ecotourism attraction. After concluding that it was feasible to develop a Wetland Park at the site without compromising its ecological mitigation functions, and that development of the Wetland Park would also enhance the ecological function of the site to a
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    Zoo Wuppertal

    Zoo Wuppertal

    • Located In: Germany
    Wuppertal Zoo (German: Zoologischer Garten Wuppertal or Zoo Wuppertal) is a 24-hectare (59-acre) zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. About 5,000 animals representing about 500 species from around the world live at the zoo, including apes, monkeys, bears, great cats and elephants, as well as birds, reptiles and fish. The zoo was founded on 5 December 1879. The central building opened together with the zoo itself on 8 September 1881. It featured 34 animals, among them a pair of wolves and a bear. Since then the zoo has been steadily expanded. The gorilla enclosure was updated and expanded to 525 square metres (5,650 sq ft) in 2006, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the opening of the zoo. Visitors can view the gorillas through a large glass window. The drill baboon enclosure was also renovated in 2006. On 24 May 2007 the zoo opened a new a new enclosure for lions and tigers. The 1-hectare (2.5-acre) lion enclosure is claimed to be the largest in a German zoo, and the Siberian tigers now live in several enclosures in the Valley of Tigers. Anori, a polar bear cub born on January 4, 2012, who shares a father with the internationally well-known late polar bear Knut, made her debut to the
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    Abilene Zoological Gardens

    Abilene Zoological Gardens

    • Located In: Abilene
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Abilene Zoological Gardens is a small 13-acre (5.3 ha) zoo located in Abilene, Texas. The zoo has over 500 animals representing over 200 species. Attendance for 2009 was 172,343. Abilene zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1985. The zoo participates in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program, allowing members to obtain free or reduced admissions at many other American zoos. The zoo is primarily funded by the City of Abeline and the Abilene Zoological society, which contributed $1,270,890 and $732,750 respectively in fiscal 2007-2008. In 1985, the zoo received accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In 2006, $1.1 million was raised through a bond issue for zoo improvements. This bond funded converting part of the Discovery Center into the Creepy Crawly Center, expansions to the giraffe exhibit and the parking lot, and creating a South American Trails exhibit, the Wetlands Boardwalk, and the Elm Creek Backyard exhibit. In 2007, one of the zoos elephants died at age 49 amidst some controversy over conditions for the elephants at the zoo, and the other was sent to the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. The
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    Copenhagen Zoo

    Copenhagen Zoo

    • Located In: Copenhagen
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Copenhagen Zoo (Danish: København Zoo) is a zoological garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded in 1859, it is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. It comprises 11 hectares (27 acres) and is located in the municipality of Frederiksberg, sandwiched between the parks of Frederiksberg Park and Søndermarken. With 1,161,388 visitors in 2008 it is the most visited zoo and 4th most visited attraction in Denmark. The zoo is noted for its new Elephant House designed by the world-famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. The zoo maintains and promotes a number of European breeding programmes and is active in the safeguarding several endangered species. Copenhagen Zoo was founded by the ornithologist Niels Kjærbølling in 1859. He was given the summer garden of "Prinsess Vilhelmines Have" (The garden of Princess Vilhelmine) by the chief directorate of Copenhagen. The animals that the visitors could contemplate at the opening were eagles, chickens, ducks, owls, rabbits, a fox, a seal in a bathtub and a turtle in a bucket. In the early years the zoo focused on showing as many different types of animals as possible, but as animal welfare later became an issue, the number of different species has
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    Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

    Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

    • Located In: Greater Auckland
    • Exhibits: Underwater World
    Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium (formerly Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World) is a public aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand that was opened in 1985. It was the brainchild of New Zealand marine archeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton (1937–1985). Built in disused sewage storage tanks, the aquarium used a new form of acrylic shaping, which allowed curved tunnels rather than viewing areas with flat panels only, as in previous aquariums. The project is also one of the first to use conveyor belts to slowly move people through the viewing areas. In 1983, Kelly Tarlton proposed building an aquarium in unused sewage tanks underground on the Auckland waterfront. Fish would be viewed through a long acrylic tunnel. The aquarium opened in 1985 after 10 months of construction. Tarlton developed a new method of building an acrylic tunnel by taking large sheets of clear acrylic, cutting them to size and heating them in an oven until they took the shape of the mould. Some of the sheets weighed over one tonne. Because of the refraction caused by light traveling through water, and the acrylic sheets used in the creation of the tunnel, the fish appear to be one third smaller than they are. A 110-metre
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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    • Located In: Chicago
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre (14 ha) zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the nation. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals. The zoo's exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totalling nearly 1,250 animals. Also located in Lincoln Park Zoo is a burr oak tree which dates to 1830, three years before the city was founded. Lincoln Park Zoo is one of five zoos in the Chicago area, the others being the Brookfield Zoo, and the minor Phillips Park Zoo, Cosley Zoo and Indian Boundary Park. Lincoln Park Zoo is the largest zoo within the Chicago city limits. The zoo was founded in 1868, when the Lincoln Park Commissioners were given a gift of a pair of swans by Central Park's Board of Commissioners in New York City In 1874, the swans were joined by a bear cub, the first animal purchased for the zoo. The bear became quite adept at escaping from its home and could frequently be found roaming Lincoln Park at night. The first bison ever born in captivity was born
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    Monkey World

    Monkey World

    • Located In: Dorset
    • Exhibits: Ape Rescue Centre
    Monkey World ( fully referred to as Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre) is a 65-acre (26.3 ha) ape and monkey sanctuary and rescue centre near Wool, Dorset, England. Set up in 1987 by the late Jim Cronin, and later operated by both him and his wife Alison, it was originally intended to provide a home for abused chimpanzees used as props by Spanish beach photographers, but is now home to many different species of primates. Monkey World works with foreign governments to stop the illegal smuggling of wild primates. The facility made the news in January 2008 with what The Guardian called "the world's biggest rescue mission of its kind," when it saved 88 capuchin monkeys from a laboratory in Santiago, Chile, where some of the animals had been kept in solitary cages for up to 20 years. The operation was carried out at the request of the laboratory, and with help from the Chilean Air Force, who flew the animals to Bournemouth airport with special permission from the British government. In August 2010 Monkey World rescued a Bornean Orang-utan called Oshine from Johannesburg, South Africa. On December 7, 2010 Monkey World rescued an orphan baby Sumatran Orang-utan called Silvestre from a zoo
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    Seneca Park Zoo

    Seneca Park Zoo

    • Located In: Rochester
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Seneca Park Zoo is a 15-acre (6.1 ha) zoo located in Rochester, New York. The Zoo is home to about 300 animals, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo is run by Monroe County, New York and supported by the Seneca Park Zoo Society. Larry Sorel is the Director of the Zoo and Rachel August is the Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society. The zoo itself was established in 1893, and began a redevelopment project in 1991. Seneca park is one of the parks in the Rochester area that was designed by Frederic Law Olmstead. The park was opened in 1893, and animals started being displayed in 1894. The first major addition to the zoo was the main zoo building in 1931. The building was home to a wide variety of animals in cages, and in fairly small quarters. The Seneca Park Zoo Society was chartered by New York State as an educational institution in 1957. It has since evolved into the organization that supports the zoo through public relations and fundraising as well as education. The Polar Bear Grotto was opened in the early 1970s to house the zoo's two polar bears (Penny and Nickles) who had been acquired using pennies and nickles collected by local
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    The Fluvarium

    The Fluvarium

    • Located In: Newfoundland and Labrador
    The Suncor Energy Fluvarium also known as the Fluvarium is a public centre for environmental education, located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, and is operated by the Quidi Vidi/Rennie's River Development Foundation. The Fluvarium level or ‘windows on a stream’ area features an underwater view of Nagle’s Hill Brook through nine large viewing windows. Visitors can observe brown trout and salmon living in their natural habitat. The center also has a series of natural water aquariums and terrariums that showcase fish and amphibian species found throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation (QVRRDF) was established as a registered non-profit charitable organization in 1985. It was formed by a group of environmentalists and conservationists who were motivated to protect and enhance Rennie’s River, a major waterway flowing through the heart of St. John’s into Quidi Vidi Lake. The QVRRDF started with the goal cleaning up the polluted Rennie’s River and building a walking trail along its meandering path. To clean up Rennie’s River, a series of projects were undertaken including stream stabilization, general environmental restoration, and
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    Tiergarten Schönbrunn

    Tiergarten Schönbrunn

    • Located In: Schönbrunn Palace
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Tiergarten Schönbrunn (literally, Schönbrunn Zoo) or Vienna Zoo is a zoo located on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. Founded as an imperial menagerie in 1752, it is the oldest zoo in the world. Today Tiergarten Schönbrunn is considered and regards itself as a scientifically administered zoo which sees its main purpose as a centre for species conservation and general nature conservation as well as in the fulfillment of the education mandate given to it by the legislation. The still preserved buildings of the baroque era, which have been complemented in the last years by elements of modern zoo architecture, convey still a good impression of the 18th century menagerie-buildings after the Versailles model. Tiergarten Schönbrunn is one of the few zoos worldwide to house giant pandas. The zoo's pandas are named Yang Yang (F), Long Hui (M), Fu Long (M), and Fu Hu (M). Fu Long's birth on 23 August 2007 was the first natural insemination panda birth in Europe. Fu Hu was born exactly 3 years later, and he was also conceived via natural mating. Other zoo attractions include a rainforest house, in which the spectator is led through a simulation of the Amazon
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    Alaska Zoo

    Alaska Zoo

    • Located In: Anchorage
    The Alaska Zoo is a zoo in Anchorage, Alaska located on 25 acres (10 ha) of the Anchorage Hillside. It is a popular attraction in Alaska, with nearly 200,000 visitors per year. The zoo is currently home to more than 100 birds and mammals representing some 50 species. The zoo has the widest variety of animals native to the state of Alaska as well as some exotics such as Siberian Tiger, Amur tigers, Bactrian Camels, and yaks. In addition to viewing, the zoo specializes in education, research, wildlife conservation, and animal rehabilitation; many of the animals currently in the zoo were found orphaned or injured. In 1966, Anchorage grocer Jack Snyder won a contest offering a prize of "$3,000 or a baby elephant". He chose the elephant, a female Asian Elephant named Annabelle. Annabelle was initially kept at the Diamond H Horse Ranch, located in the Hillside area of Anchorage and owned by Sammye Seawell, which had the only heated stalls available. With Annabelle's increasing popularity, Seawell formed a non-profit corporation to build a place "where the public could visit animals and learn about them." It was incorporated on March 28, 1968 as the Alaska Children's Zoo, which opened in
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    Beijing Zoo

    Beijing Zoo

    • Located In: Beijing
    The Beijing Zoo (simplified Chinese: 北京动物园; traditional Chinese: 北京動物園; pinyin: běi jīng dòng wù yuán) is a zoological park in Beijing, China. Located in the Xicheng District, the zoo occupies an area of 89 hectares (220 acres), including 5.6 hectares (14 acres) hectares of lakes and ponds. It is one of the oldest zoos in China and has one of the largest animal collections in the country. The zoo and its aquarium has over 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals. In all, it is home to 14,500 animals. More than six million visitors come to the zoo each year. The zoo was founded in 1906 during the late Qing Dynasty. Like many of Beijing's parks, the zoo's grounds resemble classical Chinese gardens, with flower beds amidst natural scenery, including dense groves of trees, stretches of meadows, small streams and rivers, lotus pools and hills dotted with pavilions and historical buildings. The Beijing Zoo is best known for its collection of rare animals endemic to China including the Giant Pandas, which are zoo's most popular animals, the golden snub-nosed monkey, South China Tiger, white-lipped deer, Pere David's Deer, crested ibis, Chinese Alligator and the
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    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

    • Located In: Cleveland
    • Exhibits: The RainForest Bornean Orangutan Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a 165-acre (67 ha) zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. The zoo is divided into several areas: the RainForest, the African Savanna, Northern Trek, the Australian Adventure, and the Primates, Cats, and Aquatics House. The Metroparks Zoo has one of the largest collections of primates in North America. It features Monkey Island, a concrete island where a large population of Colobus Monkeys are kept in free-range conditions (no cages or walls). The zoo is a part of the Cleveland Metroparks system. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was founded in 1882, which makes it the seventh oldest zoo in the United States. It is the most popular year round attraction in Northeast Ohio (by attendance the Cleveland Indians were the most popular attraction in Northeast Ohio in 2007 with a total attendance of 2,275,911). The Zoo announced that 1,227,593 people visited in 2007. This represented a 2% rise in attendance from 2006. The Zoo credits its increased popularity to special programs and events such as "Boo at the Zoo," "DINOSAURS!,' and "TOUCH! amazing rays and sharks." The zoo, originally called Cleveland Zoological Park, first opened at Wade Park in 1882 on the current location of
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    Dublin Zoo

    Dublin Zoo

    • Located In: Dublin
    • Exhibits: African Savanna
    Dublin Zoo (Irish: Zú Bhaile Átha Cliath), in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of Dublin's most popular attractions. Opened in 1831, the zoo describes its role as conservation, study, and education. Its stated mission is to "work in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of the endangered species on Earth". Covering over 28 hectares (69 acres) of Phoenix Park, it is divided into areas named World of Cats, World of Primates, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, Fringes of the Arctic, African Plains, Birds, Reptiles, Plants, City Farm and Endangered Species. The Royal Zoological Society of Dublin was established at a meeting held at the Rotunda Hospital on 10 May 1830 and the zoo, then called the Zoological Gardens Dublin, was opened on 1 September 1831. The animals, 46 mammals and 72 birds, were donated by London Zoo. It is no coincidence that the founders of Dublin Zoo were members of the medical profession. Their interest was in studying the animals while they were alive and more particularly getting hold of them when they were dead. In the 1830s the laws concerning cadavers for medical use changed. Up until
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    Georgia Aquarium

    Georgia Aquarium

    • Located In: Atlanta
    • Exhibits: Georgia Explorer
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, at Pemberton Place, is the world's largest aquarium with more than 8.5 million US gallons (32,000 m) of marine and freshwater, housing more than 120,000 animals in 500 different species. The aquarium's notable specimens include four young whale sharks, four beluga whales, eleven Bottlenose dolphins, three Great hammerhead sharks, and four manta rays. Funded mostly by a US$250 million donation from Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, the aquarium was built on a 20-acre (8.1 ha) site north of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Marcus credited his 60th birthday dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1990 among the inspirations behind his desire to build an aquarium in Atlanta. In November 2001 Bernard Marcus announced his idea to construct an aquarium as a present to Atlanta that would encourage both education and economic growth. Marcus and his wife Billi visited 56 aquariums in 13 countries to research and design a structure, and finally donated $250 million toward Georgia Aquarium’s construction. Major corporations including the Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting, Home Depot, UPS, AirTran Airways,
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    Hogle Zoo

    Hogle Zoo

    • Located In: Salt Lake City
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Utah's Hogle Zoo is a 42-acre (17 ha) zoo located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the state's largest zoo, housing animals from diverse ecosystems. It is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Utah's Hogle Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The zoo was founded and is operated by the Hogle family. Its original location was in Salt Lake City's Liberty Park (bordered by 500 and 700 East, and 900 and 1300 South streets). Before it was moved to its current site, the zoo elephant Alice had the first and only Asian elephant born in Utah. His name was Prince Utah and he died at eleven months old. Current exhibits included deer, monkeys, three elephants (including one baby), and various birds, mammals, and reptiles from around the world. It officially became Hogle Zoo when it opened at the Emigration Canyon site, August 1, 1931, on a piece of land donated by Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hogle. It is now owned by the city of Salt Lake City, and is supported through tax dollars and private donations raised by The Utah Zoological Association. In 2006, the zoo celebrated its 75th anniversary with free
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    National Aquarium in Baltimore

    National Aquarium in Baltimore

    • Located In: Baltimore
    • Exhibits: Our Ocean Planet
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The National Aquarium, Baltimore is a non-profit public aquarium located at 501 E Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. Constructed during a period of urban renewal in Baltimore, the aquarium opened on August 8, 1981. The aquarium has an annual attendance of 1.5 million. The Aquarium has a collection of 16,500 specimens representing 660 species. In 2003, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the independent National Aquarium in Washington joined as one National Aquarium. The National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. The aquarium's stated vision is to confront pressing issues facing global aquatic habitats through pioneering science, conservation, and educational programming. The National Aquarium houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes, which won the "Best Exhibit" award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008. The aquarium also has a 4D Immersion Theater. The aquarium opened a marine mammal pavilion in 1990 and currently holds eight Atlantic bottlenose
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    Potawatomi Zoo

    Potawatomi Zoo

    • Located In: South Bend
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Potawatomi Zoo is a 23-acre (9.3 ha) zoo located in South Bend, Indiana. The zoo is currently run and maintained by the South Bend Parks and Recreation Department and is one part of Potawatomi Park, which includes a softball diamond, tennis courts, a swimming pool, picnic area, band shell, and Kid's Kingdom Playground. Founded in 1902, the Potawatomi Zoo is Indiana's oldest zoo. It features over 400 animals on 23 acres (9.3 ha) of land, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo accommodates over 200,000 visitors each year. The Potawatomi Zoo initially started as a duck pond in 1902. At that time, it was called the South Bend Zoo. It moved locations to Wall Street in South Bend and incorporated a herd of deer. The zoo expanded in 1917 with the addition of buffalo that were placed on a quarter acre of land in Potawatomi Park. The zoo again expanded in 1927 to include 10 acres. A farm barn was built in 1949 to house domesticated animals. This barn still stands as the petting zoo portion of the zoo. The Potawatomi Zoo is home to over 400 animals. The zoo specialize in large cats, primates, and Australian animals. In 2011, the zoo added a North American
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    Belize Zoo

    Belize Zoo

    • Located In: Belize
    The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is a zoo in Belize, located some 29 miles (47 km) west of Belize City on the Western Highway. Set in 29 acres (12 ha), the zoo was founded in 1983 by Sharon Matola. It is home to more than 125 animals of about 48 species, all native to Belize. The natural environment of Belize is left entirely intact within the zoo. The dense, natural vegetation is separated only by gravel trails through the forest. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center receives almost 15,000 school children every year. The Belize Zoo focuses on educating visitors about the wildlife of Belize through encountering the animals in their natural habitat. The aim is to instill appreciation and pride, and a desire to protect and conserve Belize's natural resources. The Zoo was the recipient of Belize Tourism Board's 9th National Tourism Award, "Educational Award of the Year" in 2009. In 1983, a film making team, headed by cinematographer Richard Foster (who later became a resident of Belize), came to Belize to create a documentary entitled "Selva Verde" (Spanish for Green Forest). Sharon Matola accompanied the crew as an assistant and animal caretaker. At the end of
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    Duisburg Zoo

    Duisburg Zoo

    • Located In: Germany
    The Duisburg Zoo, founded on May 12, 1934, is one of the largest zoological gardens in Germany. It is especially well known for its dolphinarium and, since 1994, for breeding koalas. Far less well known are the breeding successes in other areas, for example, with fossas (civits from Madagascar) and Red River hogs. The zoo is located in the northern part of the Duisburg urban forest on the border with Mülheim on the Ruhr. Federal highway A 3 divides the zoo into western and an eastern parts, which are joined by a leafy country bridge. The highway is scarcely noticeable to the visitors. The Duisburg Zoo was founded in 1934 as the Duisburg-Hamborner Tierpark am Kaiserberg. In 1936, the zoo began to grow from a small animal park with its first (loaned) elephant. With the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, the zoo had to be closed. Only in 1946 was the zoo reopened with animals loaned from the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich. In 1952, the zoo could register the acquisition of its first elephant. In 1958, a facility for penguins and seals was dedicated by businessman and promoter Helmut Horten. In 1965, one of Europe’s largest dolphinariums was opened in a newly developed area. Research
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    Kiev Zoo

    Kiev Zoo

    • Located In: Kiev
    The Kiev Zoo (Ukrainian: Київський Зоопарк, Kyivskyi Zoopark) is one of the largest zoos in the former Soviet Union and the only zoo in Kiev, Ukraine. Situated on about 40 hectares (99 acres), the zoo is cared for by 378 staff members and receives about 280,000 visitors annually. The Kiev Zoo was first founded in 1908 by the Nature Lovers Society and was financed by various private donations. During its first years in business, the zoo experienced some hardships and therefore, did not contain many animals, just 17 different types. During the first winter the zoo was opened, the animals had to be kept in the food storage of the main Kiev railway station, as the zoo's founders had not found a suitable shelter to keep the animals in during cold weather. Eventually, the shelter was found in the Kiev Botanical Garden. As the zoo prospered, the number of animals had increased, limiting the space available. It was reported that stray animals frightened the employees of the garden. Only 4 years after the zoo was founded it was given a relatively large, permanent area in the outskirts of Kiev. In 1913 the animals premises received heating. Since 1914, as the political instability in
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    Lowry Park Zoo

    Lowry Park Zoo

    • Located In: Tampa
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is a 56-acre (23 ha) nonprofit zoo located in Tampa, Florida. In 2004, Lowry Park Zoo was voted the #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Child Magazine, and is recognized by the State of Florida as the center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity (HB 457). Tampa's Lowry Park Zoological Society, in agreement with the City of Tampa, operates Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Tampa's first zoo was a small collection of exotic animals in Plant Park on the grounds of the University of Tampa across the Hillsborough River from downtown. During the middle 1950s, Mayor Nick Nuccio led the push to move the zoo to a more spacious location. Land further up the river near the neighborhood of Seminole Heights was chosen. The combination zoo and park was christened Lowry Park after General Sumter Loper Lowry, a local resident celebrated for civic contributions and his service in several wars, but vilified by some for his controversial political views. The new Lowry Park Zoo opened in 1957. The zoo shared the park with Fairyland, where concrete statues depicting fairy tales and nursery rhymes were along a winding maze of
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    Saint Louis Zoological Park

    Saint Louis Zoological Park

    • Located In: Forest Park
    • Exhibits: Lakeside Crossing Caribbean Cove
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Saint Louis Zoological Park, commonly known as the St. Louis Zoo, is a zoo in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. It is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation, and education. Admission is free based on a public subsidy from a cultural tax district, the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD); fees are charged for some special attractions. A special feature is the Zooline Railroad, a small passenger train that encircles the zoo, stopping at the more popular attractions. The city purchased its first exhibit, the Flight Cage, from the Smithsonian Institution following the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. After the zoo was established, new exhibits, areas and buildings were added through the decades to improve care of the animals, the range of animals and habitats shown, as well as education and interpretation. The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair is credited for the birth of the St. Louis Zoo. The Fair brought the world's attention to St. Louis and Forest Park. The Smithsonian Institution constructed a walk-through bird cage for the World's Fair. Ten days after the World's Fair closed, the citizens of St. Louis chose to buy the 1904 World's
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    Singapore Zoo

    Singapore Zoo

    • Located In: Singapore
    • Exhibits: Australian Outback
    The Singapore Zoo (Chinese: 新加坡动物园; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Dòngwùyuán; Malay: 'Taman Haiwan Singapura'; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் விலங்குக் காட்சிச்சாலை), formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares (0.28 km²) of land on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore's heavily forested central catchment area. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9m granted by the government of Singapore and opened on 27 June 1973. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manage the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong BirdPark. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16% are considered threatened species. The zoo attracts about 1.6 million visitors each year. From the beginning, Singapore Zoo followed the modern trend of displaying animals in naturalistic, 'open' exhibits with hidden barriers, moats, and glass between the animals and visitors. It houses the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world. In 1977, primatologist Dr Francine Neago lived inside a cage with eighteen orangutans for six months to study their behavior and communication. The conception of the Singapore Zoo dates
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    St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

    St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

    • Located In: St. Johns County
    • Exhibits: Birds of Africa
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is one of Florida's oldest continuously running attractions, having opened on May 20, 1893. Not only does it have over 20 species of crocodilians, but also a variety of other reptiles, mammals, and birds, as well as exhibits, animal performances and educational demonstrations. The address is 999 Anastasia Boulevard. The park began in 1893 on St. Augustine Beach as a minor attraction at the end of a railway running through neighboring Anastasia Island. The alligators were added at first to get visitors to buy souvenirs and see the museum there. Soon the reptiles themselves became the main point of interest. Growing in popularity, the park moved to its current location in the early 1920s. The park changed owners in the 1930s, and after a devastating fire, they started reconstruction and expansion of the facilities. In 1993, for their 100 year anniversary, the park became the first place in the world to display every species of crocodilian. As of 2012, this is the only place where you can see every species of alligator, crocodile, caiman, and gharial. Over the years the zoo has expanded to include exotic monkeys and birds as well as
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    Taronga Zoo

    Taronga Zoo

    • Located In: Sydney
    • Exhibits: Wild Australia
    • Organization Memberships: ARAZPA
    Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Officially opened on 7 October 1916, it is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. Taronga Zoo is managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales under the trading name Taronga Conservation Society along with Dubbo's Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Divided into eight zoogeographic regions, Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals on 21 hectares (52 acres). The first public zoo in New South Wales opened in 1884 at Billy Goat Swamp in Moore Park, on a site now occupied by Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Girls High School. Inspired by a 1908 visit to the Hamburg Zoo, the secretary of the zoo, Albert Sherbourne Le Souef, envisioned a new zoo based on the bar-less concept. After realising that the Moore Park site was too small, the NSW Government granted 43 acres (17 ha) of land north of Sydney Harbour. A further 9 acres (3.6 ha) were later granted in 1916. Taronga is an Aboriginal word meaning beautiful view. The "Rustic Bridge" was opened in 1915 and was one of Taronga Zoo's earliest landscape features. It was the main way in which visitors could cross the natural gully that it spans.
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    Aquarium of Western Australia

    Aquarium of Western Australia

    • Located In: Hillarys
    • Exhibits: Seal Island
    The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a privately owned aquarium in Hillarys, Western Australia. AQWA was Australia's largest aquarium when it opened, and remains so to this date. The aquarium opened on 13 April 1988 as Underwater World, Perth. It was acquired by the current owners, Coral World International and Morris Kahn, in 1991, and changed its name to Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) on 1 January 2001. The aquarium specializes in marine animals that inhabit the 12,000-kilometre (7,500 mi) Western coast of Australia. The main tank is 40 metres (130 ft) long and 20 metres (66 ft) wide and holds 3,000,000 litres (793,000 USgal) of seawater. It incorporates a 98-metre (322 ft) acrylic tunnel. The facility holds approximately 400 species of marine life. The facility is host to a seal enclosure, "Seal Island". From 1992 to 1999 the aquarium hosted a family of dolphins enclosed in a sea pen, which later died due to poisoning. For a fee, snorkelers and qualified SCUBA divers get even closer to the fish, sharks, and turtles by joining the aquarium's dive master in exploring the main tank.
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    Brevard Zoo

    Brevard Zoo

    • Located In: Melbourne
    • Exhibits: Australia/Asia
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Brevard Zoo is a 50-acre (20.2 ha) zoo located in Melbourne, Florida, United States. In 2009, the zoo contained 577 animals representing 165 species from North and South America as well as Australia and Africa. The zoo is a non-profit institution. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo is divided into four loops. They are: Expedition Africa, Australia/Asia, Wild Florida and La Selva. These loops are accessed off of the main loop that encircles the Flamingo Pond. In 2006 the zoo erected an exhibit with animatronics of dinosaurs including: Dilophosaurus, Omeisaurus, Deinonychus, Megalosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Spinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and Pachycephalosaurus. It remained open from February to May. A record 328,973 visitors attended in 2007. This included 175,046 paid daily guests. The others included reciprocal members of other zoos, and annual members. The zoo has an annual budget of $5 million most of which is earned and not raised through fundraising or grants. The Wildlife Detective Training Academy, or WDTA, is a building focused specifically towards younger children and features terrariums containing many of the zoo's reptiles, amphibians,
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    Nehru Zoological Park

    Nehru Zoological Park

    • Located In: Hyderabad
    • Organization Memberships: Central Zoo Authority of India
    Nehru Zoological Park (Telugu: నెహ్రూ జంతుప్రదర్శనశాల) (also known as Hyderabad Zoo) is a 380 acres (150 ha) zoo located near Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the three most visited destinations in Hyderabad. Zoo hours vary by season, and the zoo is closed on Mondays. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad was established in vide G.O.Ms. No.247, dated 26 October 1959. It was opened to the public on 6 October 1963. The Nehru Zoological Park is run by the Forest department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, and is named after the first prime minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru. The zoo occupies 380 acres (150 ha) and is adjacent to the 600-acre (240 ha) Mir Alam Tank. Nearly 100 species of birds, animals and reptiles are housed at the zoo, including indigenous animals like the Indian rhino, Asiatic lion, tiger, panther, gaur, orangutan, crocodile, python, as well as deer, kangaroos, antelopes, and birds. The zoo's undulating landscape provides a natural setting to the animals and birds, which are displayed in large enclosures simulating natural habitats. The 200 year old 600-acre (240 ha) Mir Alam Tank, with its unique multiple arched bund (embankment),
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    Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

    Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

    • Located In: Wraxall
    Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is a 100-acre (40 ha) creationist zoo and entertainment centre based around a working farm—in Wraxall, North Somerset, about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Bristol, England. The zoo has been criticised for promoting creationism and in December 2009 it was expelled from the zoo industry's regulatory body for bringing the association into disrepute following a BBC investigation into its links with the Great British Circus. The BBC also documented a tiger's head being kept in a freezer and the burial of a deceased tiger contrary to DEFRA regulations. For 35 years, Noah's Ark proprietors Anthony and Christina Bush worked Moat House Farm as tenant dairy farmers. In 1995 they purchased the farm, sold the Friesian herd, and converted the farm's 310 acres (130 ha) to arable land and sheep raising. In its early years, the zoo exhibited farm animals, small domestic animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs, and some exotics such as wallabies, rheas and llamas. In the early 21st century, the collection expanded to include tamarins, lemurs, marmosets, a "finch fountain," meerkats, camels, tigers, african lions, white rhinos, bison, giraffes, capybara, zebras, tapirs, prairie dogs,
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    Pinnawala

    Pinnawala

    • Located In: Sri Lanka
    Pinnawala is a village in Kegalle District of Sri Lanka and is around 90 km from the capital, Colombo. It is well known for its elephant orphanage. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present commerciel capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. There are about 84 elephants under protection. The orphanage is visited daily by many Sri Lankan and foreign tourists.
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    Port Lympne Zoo

    Port Lympne Zoo

    • Located In: Lympne
    • Exhibits: Carnivore Territory
    Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near the town of Hythe in Kent, England is set in 600 acres (2.4 km) and incorporates the historic mansion and landscaped gardens designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker for Sir Philip Sassoon during World War I. The estate was purchased in 1973 by John Aspinall to solve lack of space at Howletts Wild Animal Park, and it was opened to the public in 1976. Since 1984 the animal park has been owned by a charity (The John Aspinall Foundation). Royalty and many other famous people have stayed at the mansion at the centre of the park. The rooms are lavishly decorated and the landscaped gardens take full advantage of the spectacular views of Romney Marsh. Port Lympne also houses the critically endangered Sifaka and the largest breeding herd of Black Rhinoceros outside Africa. As well as Siberian and Bengal tigers, there are small cats, monkeys, Malayan tapirs, Barbary Lions, which have just given birth to two cubs, African Hunting Dogs and many more rare and endangered species, some of which are on the circular walk. ‘The Palace of the Apes’ is the world’s largest gorillarium and home to a complete family group of gorillas. There is also an open enclosure near
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    National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

    National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

    • Located In: Gweek
    Gweek Seal Sanctuary (or Cornish Seal Sanctuary) is owned by Merlin Entertainments and is a sanctuary for injured seal pups. It is situated on the banks of the Helford River in Cornwall, England, UK and there is a road along the creek from the centre of Gweek village to the sanctuary's large car park. The origins of the seal sanctuary goes back to 1958 when the founder, Ken Jones, discovered a baby seal washed up on the beach near his home at St Agnes. This was the first of many rescues. By 1975, the work had outgrown the single pool at St Agnes and a new site was found at Gweek. The Gweek site slowly grew, and today has five pools and a specially designed hospital. More than forty grey seal pups are rescued each year. The aim is to release them back into the wild having given them the best chance of survival. The rescue normally starts with a call about an apparently abandoned pup. If the rescue team decide that the pup is in danger, then it is captured and taken to the sanctuary. Upon arrival, a full medical assessment is carried out, and a course of treatment is decided. Many of the pups are malnourished, with infected wounds. When the seal starts to recover and gain weight,
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    Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan

    Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan

    • Located In: Ramat Gan
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Ramat Gan Safari, officially known as the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, is a safari park and zoo in Ramat Gan, Israel. It opened to the general public in 1974 as an African animal park. In 1981, a zoo was established in the middle of the park to replace the former Tel Aviv Zoo, which had closed down. Ramat Gan Safari covers an area of 100 hectares (250 acres), and has 1,600 animals of different species: 68 species of mammals, about 130 species of birds, and about 25 species of reptiles. It has the largest collection of species in the Middle East, many of which roam freely in the park. Among others, Ramat Gan Safari has African and Asian elephants, hippos, gorillas, orangutan, and lions. Ramat Gan Safari participates in several breeding programs and research projects. The Ramat Gan Safari has sent animals to the Kalkilya Zoo and maintains close ties with the veterinarians in the Palestinian Authority.
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    Alaska SeaLife Center

    Alaska SeaLife Center

    • Located In: Seward
    The Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska’s premier public aquarium and Alaska's only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility, is located on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward in the U.S. state of Alaska. Open since May 1998, it is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation, conservation, and public education. It is the only facility in the world specifically dedicated to studying the northern marine environment and the only one designed at the outset to combine research with public education and visitor components. The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems. The Alaska SeaLife Center project cost $55 million; Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement funds made up the $37.5 million portion of funds dedicated to research and rehabilitation. An additional $12 million was raised by selling bonds, and $1.1 million was raised locally through private donations. The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private, non-profit corporation with approximately 105 full-time employees and a staff of volunteers and interns. In
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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    • Located In: James City County
    • Exhibits: Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg (formerly known as Busch Gardens Europe) is a 383 acre theme park located in James City County, Virginia, about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Williamsburg, originally developed by Anheuser-Busch (A-B) and currently owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a division of The Blackstone Group. The park opened on May 16, 1975, adjacent to Anheuser-Busch's brewery and near its other developments including the Kingsmill Resort complex. The park is themed around old-world Europe. The park was originally called Busch Gardens: The Old Country, reflecting the European theme. In 1993, the park was renamed Busch Gardens Williamsburg before briefly being named Busch Gardens Europe in 2006 until it returned to the Williamsburg name in 2008. Similarly, its sister park in Florida was originally called Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent until it was officially renamed Busch Gardens Tampa Bay until the same brief switch to Busch Gardens Africa. In 2010, the estimated attendance of 2.8 million placed it in the top 20 most-visited parks in the US. In addition to its landscaping and European theme, Busch Gardens is widely known for its collection of roller coasters, highlighted
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    Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park

    Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park

    • Located In: Chattanooga
    • Exhibits: Himalayan Passage
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park (formerly the Warner Park Zoo) is a 13-acre (5.3 ha) zoo located in Warner Park in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. The zoo was established in 1937 and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The most notable exhibit is Himalayan Passage, which houses the zoo's red pandas. The exhibit boasts the largest indoor red panda exhibit in the world, despite the Chattanooga Zoo being one of the smallest zoos accredited by the AZA. The Himalayan Passage passage was expanded in 2006 to include habitats for snow leopards and Hanuman langurs. The Gombe Forest is a $2.1 million dollar exhibit that is home to the zoo's five chimpanzees. The Gombe Forest is an indoor/outdoor exhibit built in 2001 to house Hank, the zoo's famous long-time resident, as well as four other chimps. Hank was donated to the zoo in 1976, and died of natural causes at age 42 on January 24, 2011. The Donovan Interpretive Center features an indoor chimpanzee viewing area and other small exhibits. The Corcovado Jungle is home to animals from Latin America, including jaguars, spider monkeys, macaws, and capybaras. Walkin' the Tracks holds the zoo's North American animals,
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    Everland

    Everland

    • Located In: South Korea
    • Exhibits: Global Fair
    Everland Resort is a theme park in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do province, South Korea. Everland is South Korea's largest theme park. With 6.6 million visitors, Everland ranked thirteeth in the world for amusement park attendance in 2011. Along with its main attractions, Everland also includes a zoo and a water park known as Caribbean Bay. Everland is operated by Samsung Everland, which is a subsidiary of the Samsung Group. The name of the park is of note, as the name "Everland" is English. In Korean, the name is approximated as "Ebeoraendeu" – in other words, there is no authentic Korean name for the park. This park was formerly called "Jayeon Nongwon" which roughly means "Natural Farm". Its former English name was "Farmland". The T Express, debuted in 2006, is the first wooden roller coaster and the largest of any kind in South Korea. The T Express is the 6th longest wooden coaster in the world at 5,838 feet (1,779 m) long. It is also the steepest, with the first drop inclined at 77 degrees. Its name comes from the logo of conglomerate SK Corporation's SK Telecom service. The Jigu Maul (literally means "Global village") is established in August 1985, as the first dark boat ride
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    Great Lakes Aquarium

    Great Lakes Aquarium

    • Located In: Duluth
    Great Lakes Aquarium is one of few aquariums in the United States that focuses on freshwater exhibits (the Tennessee Aquarium is another example). It is housed in a three-story building in Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior and has numerous large and smaller satellite tanks that comprise the 120,000-US-gallon (450,000 l) facility. Construction took 3.5 years and cost around $34 million. All of the main exhibits of the 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m) Great Lakes Aquarium (GLA) are based upon actual habitats in the Lake Superior basin. "Slices" of the St. Louis River, Baptism River, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Kakagon Slough, Isle Royale and Otter Cove can all be viewed up close. The 85,000-US-gallon (320,000 l) Isle Royale is the main exhibit located in the very center of the building, and it extends to both the first and second floors allowing visitors to view it from many different angles. It contains fish like trout and lake sturgeon. Baptism River is a fast-moving exhibit featuring a waterfall. It contains rainbow, brown, and brook trout, as well as sculpin and longnose suckers. The St. Louis River exhibit is a slow-moving river habitat with perch, walleye,
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    Healesville Sanctuary

    Healesville Sanctuary

    • Located In: Healesville
    • Exhibits: Emus
    Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney's Taronga Zoo. It also assists with a breeding population of the endangered Helmeted Honeyeater. The zoo is set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas showcasing wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, and over 200 native bird varieties. Conducted tours, bird shows and information areas are available to visitors. Dr Colin MacKenzie (knighted in 1929) set up the Institute of Anatomical Research in 1920 on 78 acres (32 ha) of land which had formerly been part of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve. The Reserve passed to the Healesville Council in 1927 and became the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary in 1934. The first platypus bred in captivity was born at the Sanctuary in 1943 when it was managed by David Fleay. In 2009, the sanctuary was threatened by the Black Saturday bushfires, and the sanctuary evacuated their threatened species to
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    Tulsa Zoo

    Tulsa Zoo

    • Located In: Tulsa
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum is a 78-acre (32 ha) zoo and living museum located in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA. The Tulsa Zoo is owned by the city of Tulsa and is part of the Tulsa Parks Department. The zoo is located in Mohawk Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. The zoo has nearly 1,500 animals, covering 436 species. The Tulsa Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. In 2005, the Tulsa Zoo was named as "America's Favorite Zoo" by Microsoft Game Studios and was granted $25,000 in a contest designed to promote the Zoo Tycoon 2 computer game. The contest counted votes from zoo visitors across the country for many of America's top zoos, including the San Diego Zoo and the Bronx Zoo. A four-building complex which has been the recipient of many awards, including best new exhibit when it was constructed in 1978. Each building represents a region of the North American continent, Arctic Tundra, Southwest Desert, Eastern Forest, and Southern Lowlands (which is wetlands). Exhibits include live animals, plants, Native American artifacts, fossils, and minerals. Unique features include a simulated earthquake area,
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    Wolong National Nature Reserve

    Wolong National Nature Reserve

    • Located In: China
    Wolong National Nature Reserve (simplified Chinese: 卧龙自然保护区; traditional Chinese: 臥龍自然保護區; pinyin: Wòlóng Zìránbǎohùqū) is a protected area located in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China. Established in 1963, the reserve covers an area of about 200,000 hectares in the Qionglai Mountains region. There are over 4,000 different species recorded in the reserve. Wolong National Nature Reserve houses more than 150 highly endangered giant pandas. The reserve is also a home to many other endangered species including: red pandas, golden monkeys, white-lipped deer and many precious plants. Wolong gets up to 100,000 visitors every year. In June 1980, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda was established at Wolong with the efforts of both World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Chinese government. To this date, researchers have conducted many breeding research projects on giant pandas and have successfully bred 66 panda cubs. A mountain stream runs through the Wolong Valley (where the Reserve is); the stream is heavily armoured with boulders and smaller rounded stones. Stream waters are rather alkaline with pH levels in the range of 8.91. (Hogan,
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    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

    • Located In: San Pedro
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is an aquarium in San Pedro, California, United States, a community within Los Angeles. It concentrates on the marine life of Southern California. In addition to its displays, it also offers school and group programs. The aquarium is operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Admission is free, but donations are suggested. The building was designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 1981. The aquarium started in 1935 as a curated collection of marine specimens stored in the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse. In 1949, John Olguin, captain of the Cabrillo Beach lifeguards, was appointed director of the new Marine Museum. He popularized the aquarium by giving impromptu tours to visiting school groups as well as starting the popular evening program of viewing and learning about the bizarre grunion mating practices on the beach. On October 21, 1981, the new $3 million, Frank Gehry-designed museum was opened to the public and the old museum closed. Throughout the 1990s, the museum experienced significant growth and its name was changed from the Cabrillo Marine Museum to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to highlight its living collections. It
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    Coker Arboretum

    Coker Arboretum

    • Located In: Chapel Hill
    Coker Arboretum (5.3 acres) is an arboretum within the North Carolina Botanical Garden on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is open daily without charge. The arboretum was established in 1903 by Dr. William Chambers Coker, the university's first professor of botany, who loved East Asian species and added many throughout the 1920s into the 1940s, including conifers and one Metasequoia, as well as daffodils and daylilies. Two prominent features are a native vine arbor (300 feet long) and an adjacent stone circle.
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    Denver Zoo

    Denver Zoo

    • Located In: Denver
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre (32 ha) facility located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, USA. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). It was the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area in 2005. The Denver zoo was started with the donation of an orphaned American black bear. With the construction of Bear Mountain, it became the first zoo in the United States to use naturalistic zoo enclosures rather than cages with bars. It expanded on this concept with Primate Panorama with its huge mesh tents and open areas for apes and monkeys, and Predator Ridge, which has three separate areas through which animals are rotated so that their overlapping scents provide environmental enrichment. Toyota Elephant Passage (which opened on June 1, 2012) is divided into five areas for rotating the various species. The Denver zoo is accredited by the (American) Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). In 2009, the zoo achieved ISO 14001 certification. The Denver zoo was founded in 1896 when an orphaned American
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    National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

    National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

    • Located In: Pretoria
    The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (also informally known as The Pretoria Zoo) is an 85-hectare (210-acre) zoo located in Pretoria, South Africa. It is the national zoo of South Africa, and was founded by J. W. B. Gunning. The zoo was originally established at the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899 and became the official National Zoological Gardens in 1916. Half of the zoo is situated on relatively flat ground, while the other half is located on the slopes of a hill. The two areas are separated by the Apies River flowing through the zoo. Two bridges provide access over the river. Around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) of pathways are laid out in the zoo. Golf carts are available for rent for those that prefer not to walk; most, but not all of the exhibits are accessible by golf cart. A cable car links the top of the hill with a point close to the entrance at the bottom. There are two restaurants located within the zoo and a picnic area on the banks of the Apies River. A crafts market is located outside zoo entrance. The zoo includes an aquarium, reptile park, aviary, Australian section, primate section and a carnivore section amongst others. Media related to National
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    Rosamond Gifford Zoo

    Rosamond Gifford Zoo

    • Located In: Syracuse
    • Exhibits: U.S.S. Antiquities Aquarium
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is a zoo in Syracuse, New York. It is owned and operated by Onondaga County Parks. The zoo is home to more than 700 animals on 43 acres (17 ha). Some of the more popular animals include Asian elephants, Humboldt penguins, Amur tigers and African lions. The zoo also houses a conservation education center, banquet/meeting space, Jungle Cafe and gift shop. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1987. The first incarnation of the zoo was a small, four acre facility in Burnet Park owned and operated by the Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation. After opening in 1914, the zoo's first expansion began in 1916 with the construction of stone exhibits for bears and a waterfowl pond. By 1933, the zoo had doubled in size, and by in 1955 a children's zoo and monkey exhibit had been built. The zoo's decline began in the early 1960s as Syracuse's tax base started to shrink and financial support for the zoo began to erode. In 1974, two teens broke into the zoo and managed to kill and injure about forty animals. The city's financial position and the break-in fueled public debate over
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    Aquarium Finisterrae

    Aquarium Finisterrae

    • Located In: A Coruña
    Aquarium Finisterrae (Aquarium of the end of the World) is an aquarium located in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. It is an interactive centre of the sciences of marine biology, oceanography and the sea in general. It tries to promote learning about the ocean and to teach people to be more caring toward marine life. Created by the City of A Coruña, it was inaugurated June 5, 1999. It is directed, like the other museums in A Coruña by Ramón Núñez Centella, and its objective is to educate people about the sea, paying special special attention to the ecosystems of the Galician coast. Its technical director is Francisco Franco del Amo. It is located on the coast of A Coruña, in the Maritime Pass, between the Casa del Hombre and the Tower of Hercules. Its exterior pools are connected to the Atlantic Ocean and are designed to show the tides. Besides its pools and aquariums, it has elements of a museum and allows experiences like touching star fish and turbots and learning where king prawn live. The largest of the aquariums, which holds more than 600 species, is the Atlantic Ocean exposition room. Each of the modules has a question as its title which was selected by the readers of the newspaper
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    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    • Located In: Tucson
    • Exhibits: Earth Sciences
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre (40 ha) museum and zoo founded in 1952 and located in Tucson, Arizona. It contains a museum and two miles (3.2 km) of walking paths on 21 acres (8.5 ha) of this property, and is one of the most visited attractions in Tucson. The facility combines the attractions of a zoo, museum, and botanical garden, with a focus is the plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert, and it was a pioneer in the creation of naturalistic enclosures for its animals. The museum is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and attracts over 500,000 visitors each year. The ASDM was created by William Carr and Arthur Pack and opened in 1952 as the "Arizona-Sonora Desert Trailside Museum." It was one of the first naturalistic zoos in the United States. The founders originally found a lot of opposition due to the local concept at the time of a zoo as "terrible, little roadside snakefarms." The site chosen for the facility was 12 miles (19 km) West of Tucson—98 acres (40 ha) of mostly natural desert with some structures originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and known as the "Mountain House." The land, then and
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    Bristol Zoo

    Bristol Zoo

    • Located In: Bristol
    • Exhibits: Aquarium
    Bristol Zoo is a zoo in the city of Bristol in South West England. The zoo's stated mission is "Bristol Zoo Gardens maintains and defends biodiversity through breeding endangered species, conserving threatened species and habitats and promoting a wider understanding of the natural world". Opened in 1836 by the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society, Bristol Zoo is the world's oldest provincial zoo. It is a Victorian walled zoo located between Clifton Down and Clifton College, near Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge; it covers a small area by modern standards, but with a considerable number of species. In the 1960s the zoo came to national prominence by appearing in the UK television series, Animal Magic, hosted by the comic animal 'communicator', Johnny Morris. Morris would play keeper and voice all the animals there. The zoo's official name is Bristol Zoological Gardens ('Bristol Zoo Gardens' for commercial purposes). This is not in recognition of the flower displays but recognises the first use of that title at the Regent's Park Zoological Gardens. Bristol, like its earlier London counterpart, includes several original buildings which have been praised for their
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    Chaffee Zoological Gardens

    Chaffee Zoological Gardens

    • Located In: Fresno
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a zoo located in center of Roeding Park in Fresno, California. In addition to animal displays, it is also the home of Ross Laird's Winged Wonders Bird Show. The mission of the Zoo is to provide a fun, unique and up-close experience that strengthens the bond between people and wildlife. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). What would eventually become the Fresno Chaffee Zoo was formed some time around 1908. The first animals were largely unwanted pets which had been donated by Sezer Tamcakir. The earliest zoo record describes a collection consisting of two bears and around fifty birds of various species. The newly-built Amphitheater helped the zoo attract crowds as well. Bears, local cats, hoof stock, and birds were added to the Zoo and housed in log cabin type exhibits. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) officially recognizes the park opening in 1929 as the Roeding Park Zoo. The zoo grew both in size and quality of facilities substantially in the 1940s and 50's, reaching the 100 animal milestone in 1947, with still more birds in residence.
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    Colchester Zoo

    Colchester Zoo

    • Located In: Colchester
    Colchester Zoo is a zoo in Essex, England. The zoo had 547,495 visitors in 2003 and 464,684 in 2004. It features big cat and primate collections as well as many others. Colchester Zoo is supported by Action for the Wild, which assists conservation projects worldwide through the both financial and technical assistance. The animals habitats at Colchester Zoo are presented in a number of different themed zones. Walking Giants opened in the summer of 2012, it houses 3 out of 4 of the world’s biggest tortoise species including Aldabra giant tortoise, Burmese mountain tortoise, and African spurred tortoise. Opened in Easter 2012, Lost Madagascar is a walk-through enclosure that is home to troops of Ring-Tailed Lemurs and Red Ruffed Lemurs. It can only be accessed by riding on a small road train called the Lost Madagascar Express. Otter Creek was opened in August 2011 and houses a family of six Smooth-coated Otters. Wilds of Asia is a group of enclosures housing various different species from across Asia. Among the species on display in Wilds of Asia are Pileated Gibbons, Red Pandas, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Burmese Pythons and Lion-tailed Macaques. The Elephant Kingdom is home to the Zoo's
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    Dhaka Zoo

    Dhaka Zoo

    • Located In: Mirpur Thana
    Dhaka Zoo, (Bengali: ঢাকা চিড়িয়াখানা) is a Zoo located in the Mirpur section of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The Zoo contains many native and non-native animals and wild life, and hosts about three million visitors each year. Established in 1974, the 186-acre (75 ha) Dhaka Zoo is the largest zoo in Bangladesh, and is operated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock. The zoo attracts around 10,000 visitors every day with the number increasing during the weekends. The yearly budget of Dhaka Zoo is Tk 37.5 million, out of which Tk 25 million is spent on feeding the animals. The zoo is currently home to 2,150 animals from 134 species. The zoo exhibits 58 species are mammals, including elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, zebras, waterbucks, otters, hyenas, deer, giraffes, impala, black bears, tapirs, hippos, lions, many species of monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, and Bengal tigers. The aviaries at the zoo house more than 1500 birds representing 91 species, including peacocks, rhea, African gray parrots, cassowary, owls, ostrich, emus, teals, finches, babblers, owls, vultures, and eagles. The two lakes at the zoo also host migratory water birds each winter. Visitors can also see 13
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    Honolulu Zoo

    Honolulu Zoo

    • Located In: Honolulu
    • Exhibits: African Aviary
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Honolulu Zoo is a 42-acre (17 ha) zoo located in Queen Kapiʻolani Park in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA. It is the only zoo in the United States to be established by grants made by a sovereign monarch, and is built on part of the 300 acres (121 ha) royal Queen Kapiʻolani Park. The Honolulu Zoo now features over 1,230 animals in specially designed habitats. Over 601,510 people visit the zoo annually. The zoo is administered by the City & County of Honolulu through the Department of Enterprise Services. Its support agency, the Honolulu Zoo Society (HZS), provides fundraising and program services for the zoo. In 1876, King David Kalākaua made royal lands near the slopes of Diamond Head available for the establishment of a grand public park for the people of his kingdom. Two hundred subscribers to the king's project formed the Kapiʻolani Park Association for the purpose of pursuing the mission. In 1877, the marshes, ponds and lagoons in the area were beautified and it was opened as Queen Kapiʻolani Park in honor of Esther Kapiʻolani, Queen Consort of Hawaiʻi. Even as a public park, King Kalākaua continued using the park as a place for his personal collection of exotic birds and horses.
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    Mysore Zoo

    Mysore Zoo

    • Located In: Mysore
    • Organization Memberships: Central Zoo Authority of India
    Mysore Zoo (officially the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens) is a 245-acre (99 ha) zoo located near the palace in Mysore, India. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Southern India, and is home to a wide range of species. Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It was established under royal patronage in 1892, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. While mainly depending on entry fees for its financing, an adoption scheme introduced in the early 2000s at Mysore Zoo has been a success, with celebrities, institutions, and animal lovers contributing directly to the welfare of the zoo inmates. Mysore Zoo was originally created in 1892 on 10 acres (4.0 ha) of the summer palace of Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, and was originally called the Palace Zoo. The zoo was originally set up by G.H. Krumbeigal, a German landscaper and horticulturist. Over the next 10 years the zoo was expanded to 45 acres (18 ha) with spacious enclosures that are still in use. The zoo was opened to the public in 1902, and now includes a bandstand and an artificial lake. It was gifted to the Department of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore State Government in 1948. The zoo was
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    Oregon Coast Aquarium

    Oregon Coast Aquarium

    • Located In: Newport
    • Exhibits: Oregon Coast
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Oregon Coast Aquarium is an aquarium in Newport in the US state of Oregon. Opened in 1992, the facility sits on 23 acres (9.3 ha) along Yaquina Bay near the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium was home to Keiko, the orca who starred in the movie Free Willy, from January 1996 until September 9, 1998, when he was shipped to Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. USA Today considers the Oregon Coast Aquarium world-class and Coastal Living magazine ranks the it among the top ten aquariums in North America. Newport business leaders proposed building an aquarium beginning in the early 1980s. They proposed a $7 million facility in 1982 as a way to boost the local economy. Two years later they incorporated as a non-profit, and increased fundraising efforts in 1987, collecting $11 million by 1991. Plans to turn 23 acres (9.3 ha) along Yaquina Bay in Newport into a "world class" aquarium were finalized in 1990. After early bids were rejected by the aquarium's board of directors, Mountain States Construction was selected to build the first phase for about $12 million in August 1990. Plans for the first phase included construction of a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m) building and four acres of outdoor exhibits,
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    South Carolina Aquarium

    South Carolina Aquarium

    • Located In: Charleston
    • Exhibits: Blackwater Swamp
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The South Carolina Aquarium, located in Charleston, South Carolina]], opened on May 19, 2000 on the historic Charleston Harbor. It is home to more than ten thousand plants and animals including river otters, loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, great blue herons, hawks, owls, sea horses, jellyfish, pufferfish, moray eels, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, pythons, and sharks. The largest exhibit in the Aquarium is the Great Ocean Tank, which extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium; it holds more thanr 385,000 US gallons (1,460,000 l) of water and contains more than three hundred animals. The Aquarium also features a Touch Tank, where patrons may touch horseshoe crabs, Atlantic stingrays, and other marine animals. The Aquarium, jutting out 200 feet (61 m) into the Charleston Harbor, offers a state-of-the-art environmental learning center that encompasses the entire spectrum of the Southeast Appalachian Watershed as found in South Carolina: The Mountain Forest, the Piedmont, the Coastal Plain, the Coast, and the Ocean. The 93,000-square-foot (8,600 m) building includes 9 galleries featuring 6,000-7,000 amazing aquatic animals, from river otters and sharks to loggerhead
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    Sydney Wildlife World

    Sydney Wildlife World

    • Located In: New South Wales
    • Exhibits: Butterfly Tropics
    • Organization Memberships: ARAZPA
    Wild Life Sydney (formerly Sydney Wildlife World) is a wildlife park in the city of Sydney, Australia. Officially opened in September 2006, it is located on the city side of the Darling Harbour leisure and retail precinct, next to Sydney Aquarium. Wild Life Sydney is a full institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). In May 2002, Sydney Aquarium Pty Ltd announced plans to expand the existing aquarium site, in order to incorporate a wildlife park. Following this announcement, and after the acquisition of the tourist attractions at Sydney Tower and of Manly Oceanarium, Sydney Aquarium Pty Ltd changed its name to Sydney Attractions Group. Village Roadshow Limited purchased Sydney Attractions Group in late 2007. UK attractions group Merlin Entertainments bought Sydney Wildlife World as part of its acquisition of Village Roadshow assets in March 2011. The park changed its name to Wild Life Sydney (trademarked as WILD LIFE Sydney) and re-opened on 13 September 2011. The attraction won the Award for the best family-focused tourism at The Australian's 2007 Travel and Tourism Awards. Construction began in November
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    Aquarium of the Americas

    Aquarium of the Americas

    • Located In: New Orleans
    • Exhibits: Caribbean Reef Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Recognized as one of the leading aquariums in the United States, it is run by the Audubon Institute, which also supervises the Audubon Zoo and Audubon Park (in a different part of the city). It is located along the banks of the Mississippi River by the edge of the historic French Quarter off Canal Street, at the upper end of Woldenberg Park. It opened in 1990. As its name implies, the aquarium specializes in aquatic life of the Americas. The exhibits feature regions throughout North and South America. With 10,000 animals representing 530 species, noteworthy exhibits include: The aquarium also has an IMAX theater, and exhibits for sea otters and African penguins Several scenes of Werner Herzog's 2009 film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, starring Nicolas Cage, were filmed inside the aquarium. The aquarium also features in the tenth episode of the TV series Life After People, in which, without people to feed or clean the tanks of the animals, they would all be dead within one year. In 2005, the facilities were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Though the structure survived the initial hurricane
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    Longleat Safari Park

    Longleat Safari Park

    • Located In: United Kingdom
    Longleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire, England was opened in 1966 and was the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, an English stately home that attracts tourists and is the current home of the 7th Marquess of Bath. The safari park was the first of its kind anywhere in the world and was considered to be a massive breakthrough in the way in which captive animals were kept, with the animals roaming freely and the visitors in cages (cars). Longleat Safari Park and the whole concept of safari parks were the brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield (1912–1990), former co-director of Chipperfield's Circus. Today Longleat's collection comprises over 500 animals, and the whole estate is situated on 9,000 acres (36.42 km) of Wiltshire countryside. The estate is open to the public with the various attractions being individually priced. A 'passport' ticket providing one admission to each attraction is available at a discount. The Jungle Cruise involves taking a short trip around the park's lake, which houses a large family of sea lions, the dominant male of which is called Buster, and a pair of hippos. The central island is home to the
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    Newport Aquarium

    Newport Aquarium

    • Located In: Newport
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Newport Aquarium is an aquarium located in Newport, Kentucky, United States at Newport on the Levee. The aquarium has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet (61 m) in length. The aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including the "Scooter" and "Sweet Pea," two of the few shark rays in captivity and the only breeding pair on display in the world. In 2009, the Aquarium received a baby shark ray from Taiwan, named Sunshine. The facility is open to the public 365 days a year. Newport Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums a leader in global wildlife conservation. The Newport Aquarium is part of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, a for-profit company. The Newport Aquarium's jellyfish gallery is the largest in the South. It includes a frog bog with a small playground where visitors can see different kinds of frogs, and a small Aviary where visitors can feed the birds. Other exhibits include an alligators and an Ohio River tank where you can see fish from the Ohio River, and you can see other fish from rivers like the Mississippi, or
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    Oregon Zoo

    Oregon Zoo

    • Located In: Washington Park
    • Exhibits: Africa Savanna
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Oregon Zoo, formerly the Washington Park Zoo, is a zoo in Portland, the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon. Located 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Downtown Portland, the zoo is inside Portland's Washington Park, and includes a narrow-gauge railway that connects to the International Rose Test Garden inside the park. Opened in 1888 after a private animal collector donated his animals to the City of Portland, the 64-acre (26 ha) zoo is now owned by the regional Metro government. A member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, it has successful breeding programs for California Condors and Asian elephants. The zoo also boasts an extensive plant collection throughout its animal exhibits and specialized gardens. During the summer it is host to a concert series, and in the winter produces a holiday light show viewed from the train. The Oregon Zoo is Oregon's largest paid attraction, with more than 1.6 million visitors in 2008 to 2009. The Oregon Zoo was founded in 1888, making it the oldest North American zoo west of the Mississippi. It all began with two bears purchased by Richard Knight, one brown bear and one grizzly. A former seaman turned pharmacist, Knight began
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    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

    • Located In: Tacoma
    • Exhibits: Asian Forest Sanctuary
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is a combined zoo and aquarium located in Tacoma, Washington, US, owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Situated on 29 acres (12 ha) in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, the zoo and aquarium are home to over 9,000 specimens representing 367 animal species. The zoo was founded in 1905; the aquarium was founded in 1935 near Commencement Bay and relocated within the zoo in 1963. Both are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Zoo was founded in 1905, and moved closer to its current location in 1914. The Point Defiance Park Aquarium opened on the waterfront in 1936 as an entity separate from the zoo. By the late 1940s, several Zoo buildings were in disrepair and had to be rebuilt. The 36-year-old animal house was demolished and a new one with sandstone walls and 3/4-inch-thick viewing windows was built in its place. It housed some big cats and white-cheeked gibbons. In the 1960s, the Point Defiance Park Aquarium had been incorporated into the Zoo. A new aquarium, now known as the North Pacific Aquarium, was built on Zoo grounds in 1963. By the end of the decade, a breeding program was begun for red wolves, which had been declared an
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    Ragunan Zoo

    Ragunan Zoo

    • Located In: Pasar Minggu
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Ragunan Zoo is a 140-hectare (350-acre) zoo located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Indonesia. It is home to over 270 species of animals, 171 species of flora, and employs over 450 people. Many of the animals are endangered and threatened from all parts of Indonesia and the rest of the world. There are a total of 3,122 animal specimens including birds. Laid out in a lush tropical setting, such indigenous animals as the komodo dragon, orangutan, tapir, anoa, sumatran tiger, banteng wild ox and various brightly colored birds are given ample room. The zoo is located in South Jakarta and easily accessible through the Jakarta Outer Ring Road and Transjakarta busway network. The zoo was established in 1864 by a Dutch East Indies flora and fauna lovers organization, the Vereneging Plantenen Dierentuin of Batavia. Raden Saleh, a prominent Indonesian painter in the 19th century, donated about 10 hectares (25 acres) of his land for the establishment of Batavia first zoo in the Cikini area of Central Jakarta. The zoo moved to its present location in 1966, and was officially opened on 22 June 1966, managed by the city administration. The former location was turned into the Taman Ismail Marzuki
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    Twycross Zoo

    Twycross Zoo

    • Located In: Twycross
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Twycross Zoo is an 80-acre (32 ha) zoo near the village of Twycross in Leicestershire, close to the border of Warwickshire (on the A444 about 3 miles (4.8 km) off the A42/M42). The zoo claims the largest collections of monkeys and apes in the World, and in 2006 re-launched itself as "Twycross Zoo – The World Primate Centre." The zoo attracts around 500,000 visitors a year. The zoo is open year round except Christmas Day. In 2000 Badham and Evans co-wrote Molly's Zoo, a book telling the story of the zoo's history. The zoo was founded in 1963 by Molly Badham and Nathalie Evans. In 1972 it became a charitable trust (The East Midland Zoological Society). The Tropical House, opened in 2005, houses a variety of South American species in a natural walk-through rainforest. Groups entering the house are accompanied by zoo staff and are limited in size. Displays outside the house explain how people live in the rainforest, including a selection of plants and trees that can be harvested for food. Inside the house, a "ranger's hut" includes a specimen tank that houses endangered blue poison dart frogs. The main rainforest exhibit houses free-roaming species which include common marmosets, green
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    Zoo Opole

    Zoo Opole

    • Located In: Opole
    Zoo Opole (Polish: Ogród Zoologiczny w Opolu), is a zoo in the city of Opole, Poland. It was founded in 1930. About 20 hectares (49 acres) in extent, it houses around 1000 animals of about 240 different species. It is located on Bolko Island in the Oder River. Media related to Zoo in Opole at Wikimedia Commons
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    Belle Isle Aquarium

    Belle Isle Aquarium

    • Located In: Belle Isle
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Belle Isle Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by noted architect Albert Kahn, it opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005. The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers. The 10,000-square-foot (930 m) historic building features a single large gallery with an arched ceiling covered in green glass tile to evoke an underwater feeling. The aquarium was operated by the Detroit Zoological Society prior to the 2005 closure. It is currently operated by the Belle Isle Conservancy. The aquarium basement served as a speakeasy during Prohibition and later held large fish which no longer fit the Belle Isle Zoo's gallery tanks. Closed circuit television allowed remote viewing of these fish. The aquarium was slightly remodeled in the 1950s. Attendance was on a declining trend in its final decade: 113,000 visitors toured the aquarium in 1995 and only 56,000 in 2004. On 14 January 2005, the city of Detroit announced that the aquarium would be closed to save $530,000 annually, with the staff being
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    Jijamata Udyaan

    Jijamata Udyaan

    • Located In: Mumbai
    • Organization Memberships: Central Zoo Authority of India
    Jijamata Udyaan (Marathi: जिजामाता उद्यान) formerly called Rani Bagh or Victoria Gardens, and now also known as Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, is a zoo and garden located at Byculla, in the heart of Mumbai, India. It was laid out in 1861 and is one of the oldest zoos in India. Also, situated in the Gardens is the Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly Victoria and Albert Museum), mainly of industrial and agricultural interest. On the grounds to the east of the museum is the giant statue of an elephant, taken from the Elephanta Caves on Gharapuri to Britain in 1864, and later returned to these gardens. The gardens were originally the property of the wealthy Jewish businessman David Sassoon. He built the Victoria and Albert Museum, which was designed by famous Lundons architect. Its structure from inside is the same as the Magen David synagogue of Byculla. David Sassoon donated this whole property to the municipal corporation of Mumbai and it is today's zoo and garden. Sassoon also built the Victoria tower, with its clock, that is still in the gardens but is no longer functional. The gardens are spread over 48 acres (19 ha) in Byculla, on the central side of Mumbai, surrounded by low income
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    John Ball Park

    John Ball Park

    • Located In: Grand Rapids
    • Exhibits: Peter C. and Pat Cook Mokomboso Valley Chimpanzee Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    John Ball Zoological Garden is an urban park located on the west side of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. The John Ball Zoo is situated on the ravines and bluffs along the west edge of the park. The zoo houses a variety of animals from around the world and is a significant regional attraction. With the Zoo School and Wildlife Conservation Fund the zoo gives something back to the community and world as a whole. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and was the first zoo in Michigan to receive accreditation. The original 40 acres (160,000 m) of the park was donated to the city by noted pioneer and explorer John Ball upon his death in 1884. Shortly after, another 100 acres (0.40 km) would be added and this marked the beginning of additional amenities, including ponds, a theater, a band shell, playgrounds, ball fields, trails and the zoo. City commission records provide the first mention of animals at the park in 1891, when there was a debate about whether city money should be used to purchase more animals to add to the existing wounded and orphaned animals at the park. During the Great Depression, the Zoo fell on hard times. Most of
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    Ocean Park Hong Kong

    Ocean Park Hong Kong

    • Located In: Wong Chuk Hang
    • Exhibits: Expedition Trail
    Ocean Park Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港海洋公園), commonly known as Ocean Park, is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park, situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong. Opened in 1977 by the then Governor of Hong Kong Sir Murray MacLehose, Ocean Park has grown to about 35 attractions and rides. The park has won several awards, including The World's Seventh Most Popular Amusement Park and 33rd Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World by Forbes. Ocean Park claims that it received 6.95 million visitors in 2011, awarding it the position of the world's 12th most visited theme park by annual attendance. However, reported attendance for the park's fiscal year 2010/2011 is 5.9 million visitors, placing it behind Hong Kong Disneyland's 5.94 million visitors. Covering an area of 870,000 square metres (210 acres) of land, the park is separated by a large mountain into two areas, The Summit (Headland) and The Waterfront (Lowland) respectively. The areas can be reached by a 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) cable car system, a shuttle bus, or the Ocean Express funicular railway. As the Headland comprises several hills, visitors can also
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    Sofia Zoo

    Sofia Zoo

    • Located In: Sofia
    Sofia Zoo in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, was founded by royal decree on 1 May 1888, and is Bulgaria's oldest and largest zoological garden. It covers 36 hectares (89 acres) and, as of March 2006, housed 1,113 animals representing 244 species. Initially, the zoo was located in the park of the former royal palace, with the primary attraction being a Eurasian Black Vulture caught in Bulgaria and exhibited in a cage in the garden. Later, pheasants and deer were added to the collection, but since the exhibits and facilities of the time proved inadequate to accommodate a pair of Brown Bears, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria ordered a grant of land to be awarded to Sofia Zoo on the grounds of the former botanical garden, then in the outskirts of the city. Sofia Zoo's exhibition of animals constantly increased, with both local and foreign species being added. Most notably a pair of lions in 1892, which were housed in a former stable and a lion cub was born the same year. Between 1893 and 1895, new cages and buildings were constructed to accommodate the ever increasing collection of birds and mammals, including a solid three-room stone building in the back of the terrain designed to be
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    Kaunas Zoo

    Kaunas Zoo

    • Located In: Kaunas
    Lithuanian Zoo previously known as Kaunas' Zoo is the only Zoo in Lithuania. It is located in an Ąžuolynas oak grove park in the south-western Žaliakalnis elderate of Kaunas. The territory of the zoo is 15.9 hectares (39 acres). The zoo was initiated in 1935 by Lithuanian zoologist Tadas Ivanauskas and opened on July 1, 1938 with 40 animals. As of 2009, it held over 2,800 insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It experienced funding difficulties during the 2000s.
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    Fort Worth Zoo

    Fort Worth Zoo

    • Located In: Fort Worth
    • Exhibits: Raptor Canyon
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Fort Worth Zoo is a zoo in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits, the Zoo now is home to 5000 native and exotic animals; has been named as a top zoo in the nation by Family Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today and one of the top zoos in the South by Southern Living Reader's Choice Awards; and has been placed in the top 10 zoos in the United States. The Fort Worth Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). When the Fort Worth zoo opened in 1909, it had one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. From its opening until 1991, the zoo was owned and operated by the City of Fort Worth. Although the city collected money from the community to purchase new animals, the Zoological society (now the Fort Worth Zoological Association) was formed in 1939 to help raise additional funds. Monkey Island was created in 1937 with funds from the Works Progress Administration. In 1949 this exhibit became a sea lion pool, and by 1970 it had been converted to house small South American mammals. Storks and cranes called it home in the 1980s, and it
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    Johannesburg Zoo

    Johannesburg Zoo

    • Located In: Johannesburg
    • Exhibits: Amazonia
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Johannesburg Zoo is a 81-hectare (200-acre) zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa. Established in 1904, it has traditionally been owned and operated by the City of Johannesburg. However, it has recently been turned into a corporation and registered as a Section 21 non-profit organisation. The zoo is dedicated to the accommodation, enrichment, husbandry, and medical care of wild animals, and houses about 2000 individuals of 320 species. Tours and excursions around the zoo are offered under the auspices of the zoo's education department. It is one of the few places in the world with white lions (a genetic mutation of African lions), and has had considerable success in their breeding; these are more sought after than tawny lions by other zoos. The Johannesburg Zoo is also the only zoo in South Africa to have successfully bred Siberian Tigers, the largest cats in the world. "Twist" the male Siberian, weighs 320 kg, and is the father of all the Siberian Tigers to be found in South Africa. Max the gorilla was probably the Zoo's best known resident. Due to requirements in the Deed of Gift under which the land for the Johannesburg Zoo and the neighboring Zoo Lake was acquired, the zoo,
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    Miami Seaquarium

    Miami Seaquarium

    • Located In: Virginia Key
    The Miami Seaquarium is a 38-acre (15 ha) oceanarium located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States and is located near downtown Miami. It is the longest operating oceanarium in the United States. In addition to the marine mammals, the Miami Seaquarium also houses various fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles and manatees. The park offers eight different marine animal shows and presentations daily and attracts over 600,000 visitors per year. The park employs over 225 full and part-time employees. It is the third largest contributor to Miami-Dade County’s revenue through land lease payments and taxes. The park was founded by Fred D. Coppock and Captain W.B. Gray and was the second marine-life attraction in South Florida. Upon its grand opening in 1955, it was the largest marine-life attraction in the world. From 1963 through 1967, eighty eight episodes of the 1960s TV show "Flipper" and two movies starring Flipper were filmed at the Miami Seaquarium. One of the Miami Seaquarium's attractions is Lolita, one of the world's oldest captive orcas. She is currently the park's only orca. Lolita arrived at the Miami Seaquarium in 1970,
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    Museum of Science, Boston

    Museum of Science, Boston

    • Located In: Middlesex County
    The Museum of Science (MoS) is a Boston, Massachusetts landmark, located in Science Park, a plot of land spanning the Charles River. Along with over 500 interactive exhibits, the Museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building every day, along with shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni IMAX theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. The Museum is also an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is home to over 100 animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated from various dangerous situations. The Museum is also one of the city's three bases of operations for Boston's privately operated Duck Tours. The Museum began as the Boston Society of Natural History in 1830, founded by a collection of men who wished to share scientific interests. In 1864, after the Society had gone through several temporary facilities, a building was purchased in the Back Bay area of the city and dubbed the "New England Museum of Natural History." It was more commonly called the Boston Museum of Natural History in the 19th century, and this name occurs frequently in the literature. A great deal of scientific work was
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    Artis

    Artis

    • Located In: Amsterdam
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Artis, short for Natura Artis Magistra (Latin for "Nature is the teacher of art"), is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands. In addition to the zoo, Artis has an aquarium, a planetarium, a geological museum, and a zoological museum. The zoo is a member of the Dutch Zoo Federation (NVD), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the International Species Information System (ISIS), and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The zoo was founded in 1838 by Gerard Westerman, J.W.H. Werlemann and J.J. Wijsmuller (also known as the three Ws). It was initially open only to members. Starting in 1851 it was opened to the public during the month of September. In 1920 it was opened year-round to the public, but September remains discount month. The core of the current zoo property, then the "Middenhof" estate, was purchased by the board of the Zoological Society "Natura Artis Magistra" late in 1938 in the Plantage, which was then a rural area on the outskirts of Amsterdam. From the start it exhibited both live and mounted specimens. The zoo is commonly referred to as Artis, because the zoo has three gates with Natura Artis Magistra
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    Baghdad zoo

    Baghdad zoo

    • Located In: Baghdad
    The Baghdad Zoo is a 200-acre (81 ha) zoo originally opened in 1971 and located in Baghdad, Iraq, in the al-Zawraa' Gardens area along with the Zawraa Amusement Park and Zawraa' Tower. Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the zoo housed 650 animals. After being decimated during the 2003 Iraqi war, when only about 35 animals survived, the zoo was reopened in 2003 and now houses about 1070 animals. The Baghdad Zoo was built in 1971 under Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. The facilities were insufficient, with small confinement spaces considered inhumane. After the first Gulf War, Iraq's zoos suffered from the United Nations Iraq sanctions, limited particular foods, medicines, and vaccines. Saddam Hussein closed the zoo for renovations in the spring of 2002. The zoo was destroyed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. For their own safety, zoo workers suspended feeding the animals in early April 2003, when Fedayeen Saddam troops took up defensive positions around the zoo as U.S. forces began the battle of Baghdad. Out of the original 650 to 700 animals in the Baghdad Zoo only 35 had survived to the eighth day of the invasion, and these tended to be some of the larger animals. During the absence of zoo
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    Blackpool Zoo

    Blackpool Zoo

    • Located In: Blackpool
    Blackpool Zoo is a 32-acre (13 ha) zoo, owned by Parques Reunidos and located in the sea-side resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It provides a home to over 1,500 animals from all over the world. The zoo has recently changed ownership twice - once in 2003, and again in 2007, resulting in continued investment each year. Opened in 1972, in recent years the Zoo has been the subject of demonstrations by local animal rights campaigners, who allege that the conditions in which some of the animals are kept do not reflect their natural habitat and therefore are not conducive to the animals' welfare. These groups stage peaceful pickets and distribute leaflets, usually on bank-holiday weekends. The Zoo prepares for these events by producing targeted, anti-protestor literature that is distributed upon their arrival. 2005 saw the opening of the 'Dinosaur Safari', a walkthrough exhibition featuring models of 32 life-size dinosaurs around a trail. The exhibition has had a lukewarm reception as the models of the dinosaurs are deemed by many to be unrealistic and the extra cost of the trail catches many guests unaware. The Dinosaur Safari was included in the normal entrance fee starting in
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    Downtown Aquarium

    Downtown Aquarium

    • Located In: Denver
    • Exhibits: North America
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Downtown Aquarium (formerly Colorado's Ocean Journey) is a public aquarium and restaurant located in Denver, Colorado at the intersection of I-25 and 23rd Ave. The 107,000 square feet (9,900 m) main building sits on a 17-acre (6.9 ha) site adjacent to the South Platte River. Its freshwater and marine aquaria total approximately 1,000,000 US gallons (3,785,000 l), and exhibit a variety of fish and other animals. The Downtown Aquarium in Denver is owned and operated by Landry's Restaurants, Inc., and is the largest aquarium between Chicago and California. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Colorado's Ocean Journey was founded by Bill Fleming and Judy Petersen Fleming as a nonprofit entity. It was partially funded by a $57 million dollar bond loan as well as loans by the department of Housing and Urban Development, and its total cost was $93 million. The facility opened June 21, 1999 and soon earned accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Although initial attendance was high, the number of visitors fell drastically within a few months, and the aquarium failed to meet its attendance projections of over a million visitors per year, in
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    Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

    Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

    • Located In: San Jose
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo and amusement park in San Jose, California which originally opened in 1961. It was closed in 2008 for major renovations, and opened its gates again on 20 March 2010. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Jaycees members Alden Campen and Ernie Renzel started planning the park in 1956. They bought the original 7.5 acres (30,000 m) at the north end of today’s Kelley Park for $300,000 on the city’s behalf. Over 140 animals in the zoo include:
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    Henry Doorly Zoo

    Henry Doorly Zoo

    • Located In: Omaha
    • Exhibits: Expedition Madagascar
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, located at 3701 South 10th Street. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Its mission is conservation, research, recreation, and education. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research. Evolving from the public Riverview Park Zoo established in 1894, today the Zoo includes several notable exhibits. 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 rainforest, and the "Desert Dome" is the world's largest indoor desert, as well as the largest glazed geodesic dome in the world. The Zoo is Nebraska’s number one paid attendance attraction and has welcomed more than 25 million visitors over the past 40 years. The zoo originally began in 1894 as Riverview Park Zoo. Four years later it had over 120 animals. In 1952, the Omaha Zoological Society was created with aims to improve the zoo. In 1963, Margaret Hitchcock Doorly donated
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    Melbourne Aquarium

    Melbourne Aquarium

    • Located In: Melbourne
    Melbourne Aquarium is a Southern Ocean and Antarctic aquarium in central Melbourne, Australia. It is located on the banks of the Yarra River beside and under the Flinders Street Viaduct and the King Street Bridge. Built between February 1998 and December 1999, the building was designed by Peddle Thorp architects to resemble a ship moored to the river, and opened in January 2000. The depth of the building however was designed not to be imposing at street level, and extends 7 metres (23 ft) below the surface. At its centre is a world first 2,200,000-litre (580,000 USgal) 'oceanarium in the round' where the spectators become the spectacle to the marine life swimming around them. Soon after opening, the building had a legionnaires disease outbreak that resulted in 2 deaths and another 60 people being affected. Those affected had visited the aquarium between 11 and 27 April 2000. A damages action was brought in May 2000, ending in February 2004. The Melbourne Aquarium recently underwent a significant expansion, also designed by Peddle Thorp, and now extends from the Yarra River to Flinders Street. A new entrance was built on the corner of Flinders and King Streets. The expansion
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    Seattle Aquarium

    Seattle Aquarium

    • Located In: Seattle
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Seattle Aquarium is a public aquarium opened in 1977 and located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, USA. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The aquarium opened on May 20, 1977, and was initially owned and operated by the City of Seattle, Department of Parks and Recreation. On July 1, 2010, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium Society, the official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for the Seattle Aquarium, assumed management of the Seattle Aquarium from the City. Architects for the facility were Bassetti/Norton/Metler/Rekevics. The aquarium is a vital force for marine conservation and is uniquely positioned to help over 800,000 visitors each year, including 50,000 students, understand and become aware of the impact they have on marine life. An 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m) expansion that opened in June 2007 includes a new 2,625-square-foot (243.9 m) gift store and the Seattle Aquarium Café, as well as two new major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters and Crashing Waves.
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    Lisbon Oceanarium

    Lisbon Oceanarium

    • Located In: Lisbon
    The Oceanarium (Portuguese: Oceanário de Lisboa, pronounced: [osiɐˈnaɾiu dɨ liʒˈboɐ]) is an oceanarium in Lisbon, Portugal. It is located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo '98. It's the largest indoor Aquarium in Europe The Lisbon Oceanarium’s conceptual design, architecture, and exhibit design was led by Peter Chermayeff of Peter Chermayeff LLC while at Cambridge Seven Associates. It is said to resemble an Aircraft carrier, and is built into the pier on an internal sea. Chermayeff is also the designer of the Osaka Oceanarium, the world's largest aquarium, and many other Aquariums around the world. The Lisbon Oceanarium has a large collection of marine species — birds, mammals, fish, cnidaria, and other marine organisms totaling about 16,000 individuals of 450 species. The main exhibit is a 1,000 m (11,000 sq ft), 5,000 m (180,000 cu ft) tank with four large 49 m (530 sq ft) acrylic windows on its sides, and smaller focus windows strategically located around it to make sure it is a constant component throughout the exhibit space. It is 7 m (23 ft) deep, which lets pelagic swimmers to swim above the bottom dwellers, and providing the illusion of
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    Beale Park

    Beale Park

    • Located In: United Kingdom
    • Exhibits: New Zealand Islands
    Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens is situated by the River Thames, between the villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon in Berkshire, England. It has three main areas of attraction: collections of small exotic animals, farm animals and birds; landscaped gardens and woodlands; and children's play areas. The park was founded in 1956 by Gilbert Beale as his own private park. He was a keen collector and breeder of peacocks and these birds still roam free in the park. The park is known locally as both "Child-Beale" (after the founding charity) and colloquially as "The Peacock Farm." Over recent years the park has expanded to accommodate a wide variety of visitors, especially the youngest ones. The park has recently built a roplay area, a pets area, sand pits, paddling pools, Little Tikes Play Area and the Beale Railway, a 1-mile (1.6 km) section of 10 ⁄2 in (267 mm) narrow gauge railway on which are run a steam train, "John Remmy", and a diesel "Sir Humphrey Davy", each capable of pulling 5 carriages and 50 people. Thirteen people were injured when a steam train crashed on the Beale Railway on Saturday, 27 June 2009. For older visitors there are the gardens, lakes and the model boat
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    Catskill Game Farm

    Catskill Game Farm

    • Located In: Catskill
    Catskill Game Farm was a zoo in Catskill, New York, U.S.A.. It closed permanently on Columbus Day 2006 after 73 years of operation. The Catskill Game Farm was opened in 1933 by Roland Lindemann, and was still owned by the Lindemann family, as Catskill Game Farm Inc. at the time of its closing. At first, it held only deer, donkeys and sheep. In 1958, the United States Department of Agriculture recognized Catskill as a zoo, and it became the first privately-owned venture to achieve such status. The collection was now allowed to grow more exotic and at the time of its closing played host to roughly 2,000 animals from over 150 species, imported from around the world. The zoo spanned more than 914 acres (370 ha), most of which was used to breed animals for other zoos worldwide. Only about 136 acres (55 ha) was available for public viewing, and then only in the summer and autumn. On August 2, 2006, the Catskill Game Farm announced that it would be closing on Columbus Day of that year, ending its 73-year run. Its owners attributed the closing to mounting financial difficulties, dropping attendance, and legal regulations leading to the shutdown of its Splashdown attraction, though
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    Chester Zoo

    Chester Zoo

    • Located In: Chester
    • Exhibits: Fruit Bat Forest
    Chester Zoo is a zoological garden at Upton-by-Chester, in Cheshire, England. It was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family, who used as a basis some animals reported to have come from an earlier zoo in Shavington. It is one of the UK's largest zoos at 111 acres (45 ha). The zoo has a total land holding of approximately 400 acres (160 ha). Chester Zoo is currently operated by the North of England Zoological Society, a registered charity founded in 1934. The zoo receives no government funding. It is the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain with more than 1.3 million visitors in 2007. In the same year Forbes described it as one of the best fifteen zoos in the world. The Mottershead family's market garden business was based in Shavington near Crewe. George Mottershead collected animals such as lizards and insects that arrived with exotic plants imported by the business. A visit to Belle Vue Zoo in Manchester as a boy in 1903 fuelled his developing interest in creating a zoo of his own. Mottershead was wounded in World War I and spent several years in a wheelchair. Despite this, his collection of animals grew and he began to search for a suitable home for his zoo.
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    Cleland Conservation Park

    Cleland Conservation Park

    • Located In: Adelaide
    Cleland Conservation Park is a conservation park in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Adelaide City centre. Cleland Conservation Park conserves a significant area of natural bushland on the Adelaide Hills face and includes the internationally popular Cleland Wildlife Park and the popular tourist destinations of Mount Lofty summit and Waterfall Gully. The Wildlife Park is accessible by sealed road from both the South Eastern Freeway and Greenhill Road, and on foot on a formed but steep track from Waterfall Gully or Mount Lofty. A limited public bus service operates (Route 823: 3 journeys each day). A fee is payable to enter the Wildlife Park (but not to the Conservation Park except for car parking at Mt Lofty summit). Cleland Wildlife Park offers visitors an opportunity to walk through large enclosures and interact with Australian animals such as kangaroos, koalas and emus, and to see others including wombats, dingos and many bird and reptile species. The park also has a variety of rare and endangered species such as the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, Bush Stone-curlew and Brush-tailed Bettong. Facilities include a souvenir shop, cafe and toilets. Many
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    Coral World

    Coral World

    • Located In: Saint Thomas
    Coral World is a marine park located in the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The museum and park's structure consists of an over-water floor with gift shops, restaurants, exhibitions, a touch pool and an underwater observatory where tourists can see non-captive fish going about their lives. Coral World was inaugurated in the 1970s. It has been one of St. Thomas' most important tourist attractions since then. In the 1990s, world boxing champion Julian Jackson, the third boxer from the Virgin Islands to become a world champion and a big celebrity in St. Thomas, was hired as a worker, to attract more tourists to the site. In September 1998, workers at Coral World began to breed seahorses. In 2000, the park was awarded the EPA Environmental Quality Award.
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    Jersey Zoological Park

    Jersey Zoological Park

    • Located In: Trinity, Jersey
    Durrell Wildlife Park (formerly Jersey Zoo) is a zoological park established in 1959 on the island of Jersey in the English Channel by naturalist and author Gerald Durrell (1925–1995). It is operated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. It has approximately 169,000 visitors per year, despite a lack of emphasis on large animals and its relatively out-of-the-way location; visitor numbers tend to vary with the tourist trade to Jersey. Jersey Zoo has always concentrated on rare and endangered species. It has mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, comprising over 130 species. Since 1964, the zoo has been home to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (formerly the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust). The park is located at Les Augrès Manor, Trinity, Jersey, 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Saint Helier. It officially opened on 26 March 1959. The park is situated in 32 acres (13 ha) of landscaped parkland and water-gardens. The Trust has a strong commitment to looking after the Island’s native wildlife, and large areas within the grounds have been designated native habitat areas. The extensive planting of flowering and fruiting trees throughout the grounds also serves to attract a
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    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

    Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

    • Located In: Carlsbad
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, formerly the Living Desert Zoological and Botanical State Park, is a zoo and botanical garden displaying plants and animals of the Chihuahuan Desert in their native habitats. It is located off U.S. Route 285 at the north edge of Carlsbad, New Mexico, at an elevation of 3,200 feet (980 m) atop the Ocotillo Hills overlooking the city and the Pecos River. It is open every day except Christmas. The park has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2002. The zoo features more than forty native animal species, including pronghorn, badger, bison, bobcats, mule deer, elk, kit fox, Gila monster, cougar, prairie dogs, reptiles, fourteen species of snakes, and Mexican gray wolves. An aviary contains golden eagles, hawks, owls, a roadrunner, songbirds, and turkeys. The gardens feature a greenhouse and hundreds of cacti and succulents from around the world, including acacia, agave, small barrel cactus, cholla, ocotillo, prickly pear, saguaro, sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri), and yucca. 1.3 miles (2.1 km) of self-guided trails lead through sand dunes, arroyos, and pinyon pine/juniper forest.
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    Louisville Zoo

    Louisville Zoo

    • Located In: Louisville
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Founded in 1969, the Louisville Zoo, or the Louisville Zoological Garden, is a 135-acre (55 ha) zoo in Louisville, Kentucky, situated in the city's Poplar Level neighborhood. The "State Zoo of Kentucky" currently exhibits over 1,300 animals in naturalistic and mixed animal settings representing both geographical areas and biomes or habitats. The Louisville Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM). During the 2006-07 season, the zoo set an all-time yearly attendance record with 810,546 visitors. The Louisville Zoo's mission is "To better the bond between the people and our planet." The Louisville Zoo was founded in 1969, on land acquired by the City of Louisville in the 1960s from the estate of Ben Collins. Much of the initial funding was donated by local philanthropist James Graham Brown. In December 2009, the chief restorer of the Louisville Clock Adam Burckle came to an agreement with Louisville Metro mayor Jerry Abramson to install the clock in a new landscaped plaza at the entrance of the Louisville Zoo in Spring 2010, where it would be viewed by about 800,000 zoo visitors a year. In December 2010, zoo
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    Philadelphia Zoo

    Philadelphia Zoo

    • Located In: Philadelphia
    • Exhibits: Creatures of Habitat
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Philadelphia Zoo, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874. It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo in the 1850s. The Philadelphia Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that have been found difficult to breed in captivity. The zoo also works with many groups around the world to protect the natural habitats of the animals in their care. The zoo is 42 acres (17 ha) and is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered. The zoo features a children's zoo, a balloon ride, a paddleboat lake, a rainforest themed carousel, and many interactive and educational exhibits. In the early morning of December 24, 1995, a fire in the World of Primates building killed 23 animals, including a family group of six lowland gorillas, a family group of three
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    Potter Park Zoological Gardens

    Potter Park Zoological Gardens

    • Located In: Lansing
    • Exhibits: Wings from Down Under
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Potter Park Zoo is a 102-acre (41.3 ha) zoo located in Lansing, Michigan, within Lansing's Potter Park. Potter Park Zoo is the oldest public zoo in Michigan and is currently home to over 160 species of animals. The zoo is owned by the City of Lansing, and operated by Ingham County. The zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) designed to manage and conserve threatened or endangered animals. The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine partners with the zoo to provide medical care for its animals. Zoo membership in 2008 was about 2,800 families, or a total of 10,000 people. Peak single day attendance in July is approximately 13,000 visitors. Lansing's zoo originated in 1912 with the donation of 58 acres (23.5 ha) of land to the city by J. W. and Sarah Potter, a prominent Lansing couple, for Potter Park. The James M. Turner estate donated a herd of elk to Lansing in 1915. The city's supervisor of parks, H. Lee Bancroft, initially moved the elk to nearby Moores Park. The same year Charles J. Davis transferred deer to the park, creating the city's first zoo. Moores Park continued to grow, and eventually the elk and
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    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    • Located In: Escondido
    • Exhibits: Asian Savanna
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, formerly known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park, is a 1,800 acres (730 ha) zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. The park is in a semi-arid environment and one of its most notable features is the Africa Tram which explores the expansive African exhibits. These free-range enclosures house such animals as antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, cranes, and rhinos. The park is also noted for its California condor breeding program, the most successful such program in the United States. The park, visited by 2 million people annually, houses over 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species, as well as 3,500 plant species. Depending on the season, the park has about 400 to 600 employees. The park is also Southern California's quarantine center for zoo animals imported into the United States through San Diego. The park has the world's largest veterinary hospital. Next door to the hospital is the
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    Central Park Zoo

    Central Park Zoo

    • Located In: Central Park
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Central Park Zoo is a small 6.5-acre (2.6 ha) zoo located on Central Park in New York City. It is part of an integrated system of four zoos and the New York Aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo began in the 1860s as a menagerie, making it the first official zoo to open in New York. The zoo was modified in 1934, with the addition of many new buildings ranged in a quadrangle around the sea lion pool. (The zoo from this era has been commonly known as the "1934 Zoo" or "Robert Moses Zoo".) Finally, the zoo was renovated in the mid-1980s and reopened in 1988, replacing the old-fashioned cages with naturalistic environments. Trellised, vine-clad, glass-roofed pergolas link the three major exhibit areas—tropic, temperate and polar— housed in discreet new buildings of brick trimmed with granite, masked by vines. The zoo is home to an indoor rainforest, a leafcutter ant colony, and a chilled penguin house and polar bear pool. It also coordinates breeding programs for some endangered species: tamarin monkeys, Wyoming toads, thick-billed parrots and red pandas. There are also fruit bats in
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    Elephant Nature Park

    Elephant Nature Park

    • Located In: Chiang Mai Province
    Beyond the concrete jungle of Chiang Mai, Thailand, lies an entirely different jungle. A real jungle where lush, tree-covered mountains are home to numerous species of animals. Within this jungle is a special place -- Elephant Nature Park (ENP), the flagship project of the Save Elephant Foundation. Unlike other tourist outfits in Thailand, ENP delivers something unique—a chance to interact with elephants without exploiting them. Elephants, while revered in the country, are not free from abuse. Every day, wild baby elephants are captured and taken away from their mothers (who are often killed) and forced to undergo training to domesticate them, the phajaan. This practice essentially breaks the spirit of the elephant, using fear of pain to train them to accept riders on their backs, perform tricks and paint. However, ENP provides a sanctuary for these creatures broken by tourism and the illegal logging industry. Founded in 1995 by Sangduen "Lek" Chailert, ENP lets these elephants are live their lives free from bullhooks and abuse. Home to more than 30 elephants, most of which come from the tourist and illegal logging industries, the Park offers visitors the opportunity to engage with
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    Florida Aquarium

    Florida Aquarium

    • Located In: Tampa
    • Exhibits: Ocean Commotion
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, publicly operated institution located in Tampa, Florida, United States. It is a large scale, 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m) aquarium and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world. The facility is located in the Channel District of Downtown Tampa. The Florida Aquarium opened in March 1995 as a privately funded entity, and became a public-private partnership when the city of Tampa assumed responsibility for its debt in 1999. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the Florida Aquarium on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places. The Florida Aquarium was largely constructed using borrowed money amid inflated projections that high attendance and ticket sales would pay off the incurred debt. However, after the aquarium opened in March 1995, the number of visitors and tourists fell well below expectations. The aquarium fell into financial debt. In response to the crisis, the city of Tampa took over The Florida Aquarium's mortgage and debt in 1999. Managers at the institution were
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    Jardin d'Acclimatation

    Jardin d'Acclimatation

    • Located In: Bois de Boulogne
    The Jardin d'Acclimatation (French pronunciation: [ʒaʁdɛ̃ daklimatasjɔ̃]) is a 20-hectare (49-acre) children's amusement park with a zoo, the Exploradôme museum, and other attractions located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne, in Paris. Opened on 6 October 1860 by Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie, the Jardin d'Acclimatation de Paris or the Jardin Zoologique d'Aclimatation as it was first called was a Paris zoo. It was directed by Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, son of the naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, until his death in 1861. During the Siege of Paris (1870-1871), many of the animals in the zoo were cooked and served by chef Alexandre Étienne Choron. From 1877 until 1912, the Jardin Zoologique d'Acclimatation was converted to "l'Acclimatation Anthropologique". In mid-colonialism, the curiosity of Parisians was attracted to the customs and lifestyles of foreign peoples. Nubians, Bushmen, Zulus and many other African peoples were "exhibited" in a human zoo. The exhibitions were a huge success. The number of visitors to the Jardin doubled, reaching the million mark. A miniature road system for children operated by the Paris police was removed in 2008. The park
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    Oklahoma Aquarium

    Oklahoma Aquarium

    • Located In: Jenks
    • Exhibits: Oceans Room & Coral Reef
    The Oklahoma Aquarium is located on a 66-acre (27 ha) campus along the banks of the Arkansas River in Jenks, a southern suburb of Tulsa. The 72,000-square-foot (6,700 m) facility was built in 2002 with the expectation to bring nearly 500,000 visitors to the Tulsa metropolitan area annually. The Oklahoma Aquarium opened on May 28, 2003. On display is an ever growing array of exotic marine life, as well as fish and freshwater environments native to Oklahoma. The aquarium's showcase attraction is Shark Adventure, a 500,000-US-gallon (1,900,000 l) shark tank, complete with a shark tunnel that allows visitors to walk 'through' the shark environment. Near the middle of the tunnel is a 12-foot (3.7 m) high, 20-foot (6.1 m) wide all-acrylic observation dome designed to give unobstructed, 360-degree views of the entire tank and its Bull shark, Lemon shark, Nurse shark, and Sand Tiger Shark inhabitants. In July 2003, Discovery Channel's naturalist and filmmaker Nigel Marven (along with crew) documented four bull sharks at home in the architecturally innovative half-million gallon tank. The resulting shots and commentary were featured in the 2003 edition of Discovery Channel's Shark Week
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    Ucluelet Aquarium

    Ucluelet Aquarium

    • Located In: Ucluelet
    The Ucluelet Aquarium is a seasonal non profit public aquarium in Ucluelet, a town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. In its current form, the aquarium is housed in a smaller temporary building located on the waterfront promenade and has operated as a feasibility trial since 2004 to raise awareness and interest in the establishment of a permanent aquarium in its place. It exhibits marine plant and animal life (invertebrates and fishes) native to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The educational approach of the aquarium fosters an "up close and personal" visitor experience which encourages active participation with staff and volunteers in learning about the marine life on display. All of the specimens in the exhibits, with the exception of freshwater juvenile salmon, are collected from the nearby Pacific Ocean, specifically from Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound, and released back into the ocean at the end of the summer season. This part of Vancouver Island harbors a wide variety of habitats and species because of its varied geography and exposure to the open ocean. Most specimens are collected either by scuba divers, by hand at low tide, or by hand
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    Zoologischer Garten Berlin

    Zoologischer Garten Berlin

    • Located In: Berlin
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Berlin Zoological Garden (German: Zoologischer Garten Berlin) is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it covers 34 hectares (84 acres) and is located in Berlin's Tiergarten. With more than 1,500 different species and around 17,500 animals the zoo presents the most comprehensive collection of species in the world. The zoo and its aquarium had almost 3 million visitors in 2011. It is considered to be the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. Regular animal feedings are among its most famous attractions. Globally known animals like Knut, the polar bear, and Bao Bao, the Giant Panda have contributed to the zoo's public image. The zoo collaborates with many universities, research institutes, and other zoos around the world. It maintains and promotes European breeding programmes, helps safeguard several endangered species, and participates in several species reintroduction programs. Opened on August 1, 1844, the Zoologischer Garten Berlin was the first zoo in Germany. The aquarium opened in 1913. The first animals were donated by Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, from the menagerie and pheasantry of the Tiergarten. During World War
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    Avilon Zoo

    Avilon Zoo

    • Located In: Rodriguez, Rizal
    • Organization Memberships: South East Asian Zoos Association
    Avilon Zoo is a 7.5-hectare (19-acre) zoo located in Barrio San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines. It is operated by the Avilon Wildlife Conservation Foundation, which also operates the Ark Avilon Zoo. Avilon Zoo is currently the largest zoological institution in the Philippines in terms of land area and collection of animals. The 7.5-hectare (19-acre) facility located in Rodriguez, Rizal houses more than 3,000 specimens of exotic wildlife representing more than 600 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes and invertebrates. The zoo has a diverse collection of Philippine native fauna, most of which have been bred successfully in captivity through Avilon’s ex situ conservation programs. Avilon Zoo is also home to a diverse collection of plants of which more than half are endemic to Philippines. Avilon Zoo aims to be one of Southeast Asia’s premiere wildlife facilities. At Avilon Zoo guided tours and educational field trips offer guests the opportunity to learn about wildlife. Conservation efforts being done to preserve threatened species and to protect the environment. Aside from the fascinating animals and pleasant exhibits, guests are encouraged to
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    Drusillas Zoo Park

    Drusillas Zoo Park

    • Located In: Alfriston
    • Exhibits: Lemurland
    Drusillas Park is a small 10 acres (4.0 ha) zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex, UK. Its exhibits are targeted towards children between 2 and 10 years old The zoo is home to both wild and domestic animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, and penguins. There are many hands-on activities, an adventure play area separated for different age groups, an indoor soft play centre, and a Thomas & Friends train that runs daily. There are also cafes, shops, and a restaurant. The zoo has gradually increased the number of animal exhibits, but still maintains a policy of only having smaller animals. The zoo keeps a range of primates including crested black macaques, Brown Capuchin monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, and Lar gibbons. Other residents include servals, African crested porcupines, Rodrigues fruit bats, Asian short claw otters, llamas, Humbolt penguins, parrots, and flamingos. Other exhibits include Pet World, Lemurland, a small farmyard, and a walk-through lorikeet aviary where you can feed nectar to the birds. The 'Zoolympics challenge' lets children compare their abilities (to drag, hang on, jump, shout, run, and hold their breath) against a variety of animals, and record them in a
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    Hanover Zoo

    Hanover Zoo

    • Located In: Lower Saxony
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Hanover Zoo is located in the city centre of Hanover, Germany. The zoo was established on May 4, 1865, and comprises an area of 22 hectares. Currently, it is home to about 3,414 animals in 237 species, which are cared for by more than 400 employees in the summer season (stocktaking 2010). Hanover Zoo is the fifth oldest German zoo. It was established in 1865 with private money. To cover expenses, a stock company was founded. Without any experience in the keeping of wild animals, the company faced huge difficulties and, thus, losses. Nonetheless, it was well visited by local residents. Due to the consequences of World War I, ever increasing subsidies by the government were needed to keep the zoo open. In 1920, the city took over. But in 1922, when the zoo was no longer financially viable, it was closed. Two years later, in 1924, due to public pressure and private commitment by the animal trading company Ruhe, it was reopened with a lions' canyon and monkey rock. In 1932 Ruhe completely took over the zoo and used it as a showcase for their pet shop. Often, the animals could only be seen for a few weeks before they were sold. During World War II the zoo was badly damaged. 1946 Ruhe
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    Parc Aquarium du Quebec

    Parc Aquarium du Quebec

    • Located In: Sainte-Foy, Quebec
    • Organization Memberships: Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Aquarium du Québec (English:Aquarium of Quebec) is a public aquarium located in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada. The 16-hectare (40-acre) facility is home to more than 10,000 animals representing more than 300 species. It is operated by Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq), and is a member of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). The origin of the Aquarium du Québec dates back to 1953, when Dr. Vadim D. Vladykov convinced Dr. Arthur Labrie, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Fisheries, to obtain a site near the Quebec Bridge that belonged to the Canadian National Railway. The provincial government acquired the land in 1954, and work to construct the buildings began in 1955. In 1956, the Biological Centre of Quebec opened, and included laboratories occupied by research teams in marine biology and fisheries, a rotunda, and two galleries of aquariums. Soon, a research wing was added to house laboratories for research on species with commercial potential, such as salmon, eel, and lobster, and to gather all documents in the library of the Ministry of Fisheries. 230,000 gallons of freshwater were supplied by tanker from Lake St. Charles and drawn directly
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    Shedd Aquarium

    Shedd Aquarium

    • Located In: Chicago
    • Exhibits: Amazon Rising
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. The Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. The aquarium has 2 million annual visitors; it was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. It contains 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium received awards for best exhibit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999, Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004. The Shedd Aquarium was the gift of retail leader John G. Shedd, a protégé of Marshall Field (benefactor of the adjacent Field Museum), to the city of Chicago. Although Shedd only lived
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    Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park

    Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park

    • Located In: Las Vegas
    The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park, informally known as the Las Vegas Zoo, is a 3-acre (1.2 ha), nonprofit Zoological park and botanical garden located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is located northwest of the Las Vegas Strip, about 15 minutes away. It focuses primarily on the education of desert life and habitat protection. Its mission statement is to "educate and entertain the public by displaying a variety of plants and animals". An admission fee is charged. The park includes a small gem exhibit area and a small gift shop at the main exit. The gift shop and admission fees help support the zoo. The zoological park exhibits over 150 species of plants and animals, including the last family of Barbary Apes in the United states. Other animals displayed include:
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    Taipei Zoo

    Taipei Zoo

    • Located In: Taipei
    The Taipei Zoo (Chinese: 臺北市立動物園), sometimes referred to as the "Muzha Zoo" (木柵動物園), is a public zoological garden in Taipei City in Taiwan. It is the most famous zoological garden in Taiwan and a leader in conservation, research and education, and recreation. It is also the largest zoo in Asia. Taipei Zoo was founded in 1914, when Taiwan was under Japanese sovereignty, in Yuanshan Mountain (Maruyama) on the northern suburb of Taipei City. It was originally a private zoological garden owned by a Japanese citizen, Mr Oe. The Japanese government in Taiwan bought the property the following year and opened it as a public park. After World War II, the Republic of China retreated to Taiwan and the ownership of the park was passed to the Taipei city government of ROC. An Asian elephant named Lin Wang that served with the Chinese Expeditionary Force during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) and later relocated to Taiwan with the Kuomintang forces was moved to the zoo, and lived out most of his life and was the most popular animal at the zoo, and the most famous animal in Taiwan. Many adults and children alike affectionately called the bull elephant "Grandpa Lin Wang." Due to a need
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    Karachi Zoological Gardens

    Karachi Zoological Gardens

    • Located In: Karachi
    Karachi Zoo (Urdu: کراچی چڑیاگھر) also known as Karachi Zoological Garden is located on Nishter Road and Sir Agha Khan III Road in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is the oldest zoo in the country after Lahore Zoo. Karachi Zoo, established in year 1878, was commonly called as 'Mahatma Gandhi Garden' (Urdu: باغ مہاتما گاندھی). In 1861, the zoo was transferred to municipality by the government. In 1878, the municipality placed the zoo under a trust to be developed out of public subscription. Later, the zoo was once again opened to public in 1881. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the name was changed to 'Karachi Zoological Gardens' or 'Karachi Zoo' for short. In 1953, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation introduced a zoo curator and a qualified veterinary doctor. In 1991-2 CDGK for remodelling of Natural History Museum, which was carried out. In 1992, the Japanese Princess inaugurated the remodeled Natural History Museum. Currently, total strength of Karachi Zoo is about 240 staff members. Karachi Municipal Aquarium was constructed in 1953. Located inside the Karachi Zoo, the aquarium has a total of 28 tanks which contain a total of around 300 fishes of about 30 species. It is one
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    Antwerp Zoo

    Antwerp Zoo

    • Located In: Antwerp
    Antwerp Zoo (Dutch: ZOO Antwerpen) is a zoo in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, located right next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. Since its foundation, the park has been controlled by De Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen, a society originally called Société Royale de Zoologie d'Anvers (The Antwerp Royal Society for Zoology). This also became the popular nickname for the zoo "De Zoologie". The initial objective was to encourage zoological and botanical sciences. The first director was renowned zoologist and botanist Jacques Kets (10 November 1785 – 1 February 1865). He accepted this position on one condition: a museum had to be built to house his nature-historical collections. This building was inaugurated in 1844 by H.M. King Léopold I. The predicate Royal was added to the name of the society on that occasion. Throughout the years it has tried to encourage wildlife preservation through activities and exhibits on a recreational, educational, scientific and cultural level. In its early years, the size of the park grew from less than 1.59
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    Cosley Zoo

    Cosley Zoo

    • Located In: Wheaton
    • Exhibits: Pig & Poultry Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Cosley Zoo is an AZA-accredited zoo located in Wheaton, Illinois. It is a facility of the Wheaton Park District. Admission is free for Wheaton Park District residents and children under the age of 18. Admission for non-resident adults is $3 for ages 18-54 and $2 for ages 55 and over. The zoo, which is situated on 5 acres (2.0 ha) of land, is built on the site of a historic train station and consists of domestic animals, as well as wildlife that is native to Illinois. The zoo holds many youth-directed programs, including Junior Zookeepers, birthday parties, and holiday events.
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    National Birds of Prey Centre

    National Birds of Prey Centre

    The International Centre for Birds of Prey, formerly the National Birds of Prey Centre, in the United Kingdom houses a large collection of birds of prey with over 60 species of owls, eagles and hawks. It works towards the conservation of birds of prey through education, captive breeding, research and rehabilitation. The centre is located near Newent in Gloucestershire. The Director is Jemima (Glasier) Parry-Jones. The ICBP was originally established, as the Falconry Centre, by the Glasier family as a specialised zoo containing only birds of prey, including falcons, hawks, eagles and owls. It had the aim of educating people about birds of prey and their value in the world. It also aimed to teach falconry. It first opened to the public on 25 May 1967. \
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    New York Aquarium

    New York Aquarium

    • Located In: Coney Island
    • Exhibits: Aquatheater
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, having opened in Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896. Since 1957, it has been located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The aquarium is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as part of its integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium, most notably the Bronx Zoo. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The facility occupies 14 acres and boasts over 350 species of aquatic wildlife. Its mission is to raise public awareness about issues facing the ocean and its inhabitants with special exhibits, public events and research. At the Aquarium’s Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences (OLMS), several studies were conducted investigating such topics as dolphin cognition, satellite tagging of sharks, and coral reefs. The New York Aquarium opened on December 10, 1896, at Castle Garden in Battery Park. Its first director was the respected fish expert, Dr. Tarleton Hoffman Bean (1895–1898). On October 31, 1902, the Aquarium was adopted into the care of what was then the New York Zoological Society. At the time, the Aquarium housed only 150
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    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    • Located In: Motobu
    • Exhibits: Deep Sea Gallery
    • Organization Memberships: Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館, Okinawa Churaumi Suizokukan), located within the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park in Okinawa, Japan. It welcomed its 20 millionth visitor on 30 March 2010 and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA). In 1975, the World's Exposition or World's Fair was held in Okinawa, Japan at the Ocean Expo Park. Afterward, the park began to lose tourism and it was believed that a new aquarium would help revive the area and celebrate Okinawa's Marine tradition. The aquarium was designed by Yukifusa Kokuba and was opened on 1 November 2002. "Churaumi" was selected as the name of the aquarium by public vote amongst Japanese people. "Chura" means "beautiful" or "graceful" in the Okinawan Japanese dialect, and "umi" means "ocean" in Japanese. The aquarium is a part of the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park located in Motobu, Okinawa. The aquarium is made up of four floors, with tanks containing deep sea creatures, sharks, coral and tropical fish. The aquarium is set on 19,000 m² of land, with a total of 77 tanks containing 10,000 m³ of water. Water for the saltwater exhibits is pumped into the
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    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

    • Located In: Darjeeling
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda. The zoo attracts about 300,000 visitors every year. The park is named after Padmaja Naidu (1900–1975), the governor of West Bengal (1956–1967) and the daughter of Sarojini Naidu, the nationalist leader, poet, and orator who was sometimes called the 'Nightingale of India'. The zoo serves as the central hub for Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. A zoo was established on August 14, 1958 in the Birch Hill neighbourhood of Darjeeling under the Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal with a goal to study and preserve Himalayan fauna. Its first Director and founder was Dilip Kumar Dey. Mr. Dey, who belonged to the Indian
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    West Midland Safari Park

    West Midland Safari Park

    • Located In: Bewdley
    • Exhibits: African Reserve
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    West Midland Safari and Leisure Park is a safari park located in Bewdley in Worcestershire, England. It was opened in spring 1973. The park holds over 165 species of exotic animals. The 4-mile (6.4 km) safari contains about 600+ animals from around 40 different species from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. Along with the 4 mile-safari is a large amusement park and a 'Discovery Trail' including reptile and insect houses. There is also access to Spring Grove House, the grounds of which the park is built in. West Midland Safari Park is the home to the only pride of White Lions in the UK and has branded itself 'Home of the White Lions' The park is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). The dhole enclosure in the safari is a heathland Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Before you enter the Dhole enclosure the park are now breeding Adders to release them back into the wild across the UK. The park contains the largest pride of White Lions, The largest Coalition of Cheetah, The Largest Streak of White Tiger, The largest Pod of Common Hippopotamus and the largest Lemur walk-through
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    Australia Zoo

    Australia Zoo

    • Located In: Beerwah
    • Organization Memberships: ARAZPA
    Australia Zoo is a 100-acre (40 ha) zoo located in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains. It is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), and is owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin, whose wildlife documentary series The Crocodile Hunter made the zoo a popular tourist attraction. The zoo is run by Director Wes Mannion. Australia Zoo was opened by Bob and Lyn Irwin on 3 June 1970 under the name Beerwah Reptile Park. Their son Steve, had helped his parents since childhood to care for crocodiles and reptiles and to maintain the growing number of animals in the zoo. In 1982 the park was renamed to the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park and the area was doubled with the purchase of another 4 acres (1.6 ha). Steve and Terri changed the name of their now growing wildlife park to Australia Zoo. As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri put all money raised from filming and merchandise into conservation and building new exhibits. Australia Zoo won the Australian Tourism Awards for 2003–2004 in the category Major Tourist Attraction. In 2004, the Australian Animal Hospital was opened next to the zoo to help with
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    Brisbane Forest Park, Queensland

    Brisbane Forest Park, Queensland

    Brisbane Forest Park (now officially the southern part of D'Aguilar National Park), is located on parts of the D'Aguilar Range. The large nature reserve lies on the western boundary of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in Enoggera Reservoir, adjacent to The Gap and between the Mount Coot-tha Reserve on the Taylor Range and higher peaks to the north. Brisbane Forest Park supports plants and animals and is essential to their survival. The main entrance is located in the suburb of The Gap although there are a number of other access points. A number of waterways have their headwaters in the park including South Pine River, Enoggera Creek, Gold Creek, Moggill Creek and its tributary Gap Creek, Cabbage Tree Creek and Cedar Creek, a tributary of Kedron Brook. Lake Manchester Dam, Gold Creek Dam and Enoggera Dam are also located within the park. The first national park on the D'Aguilar Range, Maiala National Park was declared in 1930. The park was established by a community group called the Brisbane National & Recreation Park Committee. In 1973 the group released a study on the feasibility of establishing a park between Mount Coot-tha and Mount Nebo. Initially the Brisbane City Council was
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    Cologne Zoological Garden

    Cologne Zoological Garden

    • Located In: Germany
    The Aktiengesellschaft Cologne Zoological Garden is the zoo of Cologne, Germany. It features over 7,000 animals of more than 700 species on more than 20 hectares. The internationally renowned zoo with an attached aquarium and invertebrate exhibit has an emphasis on primates such as bonobos and lemurs, and is active in preservational breeding of animals that are in danger of becoming extinct. In addition, in-the-wild conservation efforts and research focussing on animals of Madagascar, the Wallacea, and Vietnam are actively promoted and supported via cooperation with Cologne University and local projects, such as in the case of Przewalski's Horses. The zoo was founded in 1860. The world wars led to a phase of stagnation, and the zoo had to close for two years entirely, after virtually being destroyed in World War II. It reopened in 1947; the aquarium was added in 1971. In 1985, the large primate house, one of the main attractions, was opened. Today, the zoo also features a free-flight rainforest hall with free-ranging birds and reptiles opened in 2000, and as the latest addition a large elephant park. Dian Fossey detailed in Chapter Five of her book Gorillas in the Mist how in
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    Korkeasaari

    Korkeasaari

    • Located In: Helsinki
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Korkeasaari (Swedish: Högholmen) is an island in Helsinki, Finland where the country's biggest zoo is situated. The English name of the zoo is Helsinki Zoo. The zoo is located on a 22-hectare (54-acre) rocky island. It's connected to mainland via a bridge to Mustikkamaa, where there is access to the zoo all year round. A ferry and water buses take visitors to the island summertime from Kauppatori and Hakaniemi. Korkeasaari is one of the most popular places among visitors in Helsinki. The animals on display are divided geographically to Amazonia, Africasia and Borealia. Animal species number about two hundred, and plant species about a thousand. Korkeasaari has been a recreational park for Helsinki people long before the zoo was founded, since 1569. It was first used as pasture and for fishing. In 19th century, it was used for storing timber. During the Crimean war, the island was a military area. Helsinki city gained access to it again in 1864 and then the recreational use really started: steam boat traffic was established, and a restaurant together with facilities for dancing, bowling, and picnics were provided. The zoo was started 1889. The main collection comprises mammals and
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    NandanKanan

    NandanKanan

    • Located In: Bhubaneswar
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Nandankanan Zoological Park is a 400-hectare (990-acre) zoo and botanical garden in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. Established in 1960, it was opened to the public in 1979 and became the first zoo in India to join World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in 2009. It also contains a botanical garden and part of it has been declared a sanctuary. Nandankanan, literally meaning 'The Garden of Heavens', is located near the capital city, Bhubaneswar, in the environs of the Chandaka forest, and includes the 134-acre (54 ha) Kanjia Lake. A major upgrade was done during 2000 (after the ruins caused by the super-cyclone of 1999 in coastal Orissa). More than 2 million visitors visit Nandankanan every year. Forest officials decided in 1960 that including rare plants and animals in the Orissa pavilion at the World Agricultural Fair in Delhi would help increase attendance. Word was sent to the forest department to capture as many small animals as possible for the display. In all, the forest department managed to capture two spotted deer (Axis axis), two barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak), two black buck (Antilope cervicapra), one mouse deer, one leopard cat, one flying squirrel, one
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    Prague Zoo

    Prague Zoo

    • Located In: Prague
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Prague Zoo is a zoo in Prague, Czech Republic. It was opened in 1931 with the goal to "advance the study of zoology, protect wildlife, and educate the public" in the district of Troja in the north of Prague. The zoo occupies 45 hectares (111 acres) and houses about 4,400 animals that represent 670 species from all around the world. Prague Zoological Garden has contributed significantly to saving the Przewalski horse. For many years it was the biggest breeder of the species in the world. In 2007 Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Prague ZOO among the world's best zoos. Media related to Prague Zoo at Wikimedia Commons
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    Detroit Zoo

    Detroit Zoo

    • Located In: Royal Oak
    • Exhibits: Arctic Ring of Life
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Detroit Zoo is located about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the Detroit city limits at the intersection of Woodward Avenue, 10 Mile Road, and Interstate 696 in Royal Oak and Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA. The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), a non-profit organization, operates both the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo, located in the city of Detroit. The DZS is responsible for the care and feeding of more than 3,300 animals representing 280 species. The first Detroit Zoo opened in 1883 on Michigan and Trumbull Avenues, across from the then site of Tiger Stadium. A circus had arrived in town, only to go broke financially. Luther Beecher, a leading Detroit citizen and capitalist, financed the purchase of the circus animals and erected a building for their display called the Detroit Zoological Garden. The zoo closed the following year and the building converted into a horse auction. The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo's official opening did not occur until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, acting Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around
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    Diergaarde Blijdorp

    Diergaarde Blijdorp

    • Located In: Rotterdam
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Diergaarde Blijdorp (Official Dutch name: Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde, Foundation Royal Zoo of Rotterdam) is a zoo in the northwestern part of Rotterdam, one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands. In 2007 it celebrated its 150th anniversary. Diergaarde Blijdorp is a member of the Dutch Zoo Federation (NVD) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). The original Rotterdam Zoo was lost in the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II, which destroyed most of the city centre. Some streetnames, such as Diergaardesingel (Zoolane), still recall the old zoo. Blijdorp was rebuilt slightly to the north, where it opened to the public in its current location on December 7, 1940. The new zoo was designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn, who designed the central railway station in Rotterdam, as well. In 2001, 'Blijdorp' became almost twice as large when it opened a new western part, called Oceanium, with its main attraction an aquarium. In 2007, the zoo was declared a rijksmonument. In May 2007 the zoo appeared in the news when Bokito, Blijdorp's silverback gorilla, escaped from his enclosure and seriously injured a female visitor. Before the attack, the woman
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    Aquarium of the Pacific

    Aquarium of the Pacific

    • Located In: Long Beach
    • Exhibits: BP Sea Otter Habitat
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Aquarium of the Pacific (formerly the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific) is an aquarium on a 5-acre (20,000 m) site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, United States. It is situated across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction. The Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aquarium. The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. It focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Popular exhibits include the interactive Shark Lagoon (guests can pet sharks and sting rays) and Lorikeet Forest (guests can feed nectar to colorful lorikeet birds). Exhibits introduce the inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific, while also focusing on specific conservation messages associated with each region. Exhibits
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    Lahore Zoo

    Lahore Zoo

    • Located In: Lahore
    • Organization Memberships: South Asian Zoo Association for Regional Cooperation
    Lahore Zoo (Punjabi: لہور چڑیا گھر, Urdu: لاہور چڑیا گھر) in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, established in 1872, one of the largest zoos in South Asia. It is currently managed by the Wildlife and Parks department of the Government of Pakistan. Today the zoo houses a collection of about 1380 animals of 136 species. Lahore Zoo was the host of the fifth annual conference of SAZARC in 2004. The stated mission of the zoo is: To carry out ex-situ conservation of species and to actively contribute to Pakistan’s International commitment in terms of the Convention on Biological Diversity in addition to provide excellent educational and recreational facilities. Lahore Zoo is thought to be the third or fourth oldest zoo in the world. Vienna Zoo of Austria, established in 1752 as a menagerie, was opened to public as a zoo in 1779. London Zoo of England, established in 1828, was opened to public in 1847. The Alipore Zoo of India, established some time in the early 19th century, was opened to public as a zoo in 1876. Lahore Zoo had its beginnings in a small aviary donated by Lal Mahundra Ram in 1872 to the Lahore Municipal Corporation. Over time the animal collection increased and the zoo expanded.
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    Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park

    Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park

    • Located In: Window Rock
    The Navajo Nation Zoological and Botanical Park is located in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation. It is the only tribally owned zoological park in the United States and is notable among zoological facilities in that it labels its exhibits in a Native American Indian language. Having been operated by the Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation Department since its inception in the early 1960s, it became part of the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife in September 2006. While its facilities have the unique mission of preserving and caring for the fauna and flora significant to Navajo culture, its existence has also sparked controversy among the more traditionalist elements in Navajo society. The zoo's first specimen was a bear that had been left behind after the 1963 Navajo Nation Fair by a state organization, and the animal was named "Yogi the Bear," after the then-popular cartoon character. Since then, the exhibit has grown to about 50 different species on display, almost all of them native to the area. In 1976, the zoo, then named "Navajo Tribal Zoo," relocated to its current home and became part of the Navajo Tribal Parks & Recreation system. In September
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    Safari Park, Karachi

    Safari Park, Karachi

    • Located In: Karachi
    Safari Park (Urdu: سفاری باغ) is situated in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on University Road in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Safari Park has a zoo, a children's playland and many gardens. It is one of the major recreation and amusement areas in Karachi. Karachi Safari Park is situated on Main University Road, covering an area of 300 acres (1.2 km). Inaugurated in 1970 by Lieutenant General Atiq-ur-Rehman, it was an independent project of the then Karachi Municipal Corporation. The creation of an independent Zoo, Safari and Aquarium department followed in 1995. Karachi Safari Park is now an independent wing of the Community Development Department of City District Government of Karachi. It has been designated as a Family Park. There is a theme park called Go Aish Adventure Park also running in Safari Park; another amusement section called Aladin Park is also a part of Safari Park. Safari Park has the distinction of being the only project or park in the Sindh province to have a proper chairlift. The chairlift project was set up at a cost of US$ 2 million and was inaugurated by the Karachi City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal on 8 March 2006. The thrilling 10-minute ride crosses a man-made lake and provides
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    Seoul Grand Park

    Seoul Grand Park

    Seoul Grand Park is a park complex to the south of Seoul, South Korea, in the city of Gwacheon (과천시). Facilities at Seoul Grand Park include hills and hiking trails, Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Children's Zoo, A rose garden, SeoulLand amusement park, and the Seoul Museum of Modern Art. The attractions all have separate admission fees. Line 4 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway stops at Seoul Grand Park Station. A free shuttle bus from the station visits the art museum and upper park entrance. Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Korea's first zoo, was created in 1909 by the Japanese occupying forces in the former royal palace of Changgyeongung, which was under the changed name of Changgyeongweon. The zoo opened on Nov. 1, 1909 with Siberian tigers, kangaroos, ostriches, camels, orangutans, and other animals. Towards the end of World War II the Japanese needed both manpower and steel for weapons, and gave orders to kill the animals in the Korean zoo, poisoning 150 animals. Animals that survived this had to also survive the end of the war, when all the remaining zookeepers fled the zoo. After Korea's independence the zoo was maintained at Changgyeongweon until 1984 when it was relocated to its current site
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    Apenheul

    Apenheul

    • Located In: Apeldoorn
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Apenheul Primate Park is a zoo in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. It specializes in apes and monkeys. It opened in 1971 and was the first zoo in the world where apes and monkeys could walk around freely in the forest and between the visitors. It started with just a few species, now it displays more than 30 different primates, among them bonobo, gorilla and orangutan. In summer 2011, three adult male proboscis monkeys joined the collection from Singapore Zoo to commemorate the zoo's fortieth anniversary. They are the only known living specimens outside Southeast Asia. Apenheul Primate Park was conceptualised by photographer Wim Mager in the 1960s, when it was legal for private citizens to own monkeys. Mager, who himself had several monkeys as pets, believed both humans and primates would benefit from housing the animals in a more natural forest-like environment. He created the apen-heul (from apen meaning monkeys, and heul, an old Dutch word for a safe haven). Apenheul Primate Park opened in 1971 as a small but revolutionary park housing wool-monkeys and other species. It is located in the nature park of Berg en Bos (Mountain and Wood) and proved popular with visitors and primatologists
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    Harewood House

    Harewood House

    • Located In: United Kingdom
    • Exhibits: Harewood Bird Garden Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Harewood House ( /ˈhɑrwʊd/ HAR-wuud) is a country house located in Harewood ( /ˈhɛərwʊd/ HAIR-wuud) near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Designed by the architects John Carr and Robert Adam, it was built from 1759 to 1771 for wealthy trader Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood. Still home to the Lascelles family, Harewood House is a member of Treasure Houses of England, a marketing consortium for nine of the foremost historic homes in England. The house itself is a Grade I listed building, there are a number of features in the grounds and courtyard that have been listed as Grade I, II and II*. The house was built from 1759 to 1771 for Edwin Lascelles, whose family had bought the estate after making its fortune in the West Indies through Customs positions, slave trading and lending money to planters. The house was designed by the architects John Carr and Robert Adam. Much of the furniture is by the eighteenth-century English furniture designer Thomas Chippendale, who came from nearby Otley. Lancelot "Capability" Brown designed the grounds to which Sir Charles Barry added a grand terrace, in 1844. Artist Thomas Girtin stayed at the house many times, painting the house itself and also
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    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    • Located In: Pittsburgh
    • Exhibits: African Savanna
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Pittsburgh Zoo is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the United States. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Highland Park, the zoo sits on 77 acres (31 ha) of park land where it exhibits more than 4,000 animals representing 475 species, including 20 threatened or endangered species. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participates in 64 Species Survival Plans. The Pittsburgh Zoo opened on June 14, 1898, after Christopher Lyman Magee donated $125,000 (about four million dollars when adjusted to inflation) for the construction of a zoological garden in Pittsburgh's Highland Park. Like most other zoos of the time, the Pittsburgh Zoo resembled a menagerie more than an actual zoo. However, as time progressed, the animal exhibits eventually became more naturalistic, and the zoo's goal became more focused on conservation. In 1937, the bear exhibits were created under the Works Progress Administration. These exhibits were the zoo's first attempt at constructing more naturalistic exhibits instead of simply displaying animals in cages. In 1949, the Children's Zoo opened, thanks to a grant from the Sarah Mellon Scaife
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    Ross Park Zoo

    Ross Park Zoo

    • Located In: Binghamton
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is a zoo located in Binghamton, New York, USA. The zoo was opened in 1875, making it the 5th oldest zoo in the nation. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is only open seasonally from April through October. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The 90 acres (36 ha) of land was donated by Erastus Ross, a wealthy businessman whose only instructions were to build a park that all the community could enjoy. The electric trolleys in the area allowed easy access to the park. Other features of the park included roller coasters, swings, a bear exhibit and a carousel. Band concerts were a frequent summer event. Increased use of automobiles let people easily travel outside the city for recreation, this plus the two World Wars and the Great Depression led to the decline of the park. Eventually the USDA was threatening to close the park because of sub-standard exhibits. In 1966, concerned citizens formed the Southern Tier Zoological Society in an attempt to upgrade the facilities. Mr. Ross donated the zoo enough money to run it for many years. He intended it to be free for all guests as well as the carousel that
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    Woburn Safari Park

    Woburn Safari Park

    • Located In: Woburn
    • Exhibits: Northern Plains
    • Organization Memberships: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    Woburn Safari Park is a safari park located in Woburn, Bedfordshire, England. Visitors to the park can drive through the large animal exhibits, which contain species such as White Rhino, Elephants, Tigers and Black Bears. It is part of the estates of the Duke of Bedford that also includes Woburn Abbey and its 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) deer park. Woburn Safari Park is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Woburn Safari Park first opened in 1970, established by the 13th Duke of Bedford on the grounds of his estate, Woburn Abbey, as a means to help improve the financial position of the estate and restore the Abbey, which had fallen into disrepair during the second world war. The 11th Duke of Bedford had been president of the Zoological Society of London and had introduced various species such as American Bison, Deer, Antelope, Lion and Tiger to the park. Starting with upgrades to the wolf facilities in 2004 which allowed the wolves overnight access to the outside enclosure they share with the parks bears, the park had spent about £4 million by 2010 to upgrade off-show animal facilities in the
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    African Lion Safari

    African Lion Safari

    • Located In: Flamborough, Ontario
    • Organization Memberships: Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    African Lion Safari is a family-owned safari park situated in Flamborough, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of Toronto. The mailing address is in Cambridge, Ontario. It includes more than 1,000 animals, representing over 100 species of mammals and birds from across the globe. Guests may tour seven game reserves (with a total area of about 300 hectares) traversed via tour buses or the visitors’ own vehicles where animals roam freely in large contained areas. Accompanying the game reserves is a large walking section where hundreds of exotic birds and primates, as well as the park’s herd of Asian Elephants, are on display. The African Lion Safari is an accredited member of the CAZA, and is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the International Elephant Foundation (IEF) and the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE). African Lion Safari is open from the first weekend in May to the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving in October. African Lion Safari has an on-site bus in which to tour the park, but public transportation to the park itself is limited. The park was founded by Gordon Debenham "Don" Dailley,
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    Birch Aquarium

    Birch Aquarium

    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Birch Aquarium at Scripps (sometimes referred to as Scripps Aquarium or Birch Aquarium) is the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium at Scripps has an annual attendance of more than 435,000, including more than 40,000 school children, and features more than 3,000 animals representing 380 species. The hilltop site provides spectacular views of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus and the Pacific Ocean. To provide ocean science education, interpret Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation. The aquarium was established in 1903 after the Marine Biological Association of San Diego was created to conduct marine research in the local waters of the Pacific Ocean. (Its name was later changed to Scripps Institution of Oceanography to honor supporters Ellen Browning Scripps and E.W. Scripps, part of the Scripps family of newspaper pioneers.) The founders built and maintained a small public aquarium and museum to communicate their discoveries to the world. The researchers outgrew their modest laboratory in the
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    Cameron Park Zoo

    Cameron Park Zoo

    • Located In: Waco
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Cameron Park Zoo is a 52-acre (21 ha) zoo located in the city of Waco, Texas, United States next to the Brazos river. It was originally established in 1955 as the Central Texas Zoological Park. The Cameron Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Initially established in 1955 as the Central Texas Zoological Park, by a group of wildlife enthusiasts who wanted to create an area for recreation and education opportunities. In 1981, a master plan was established to expand the zoo, and in 1989 a countywide bond was issued to redevelop a 52-acre (210,000 m) area of Cameron Park, into the Cameron Park Zoo. The project was completed, the old zoo was closed, and the new zoo was opened to the public July 18, 1993. The Cameron Park Zoo features species from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Including a large reptile house, an African lion display, and Lemur Island, a large open lemur habitat. In 2005, a large new area was opened called the Brazos River Country, featuring a 50,000-US-gallon (190,000 l) saltwater reef aquarium, a large swampland habitat, and many other native Texas
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    Dallas Zoo

    Dallas Zoo

    • Located In: Dallas
    • Exhibits: Wilds of Africa
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre (43 ha) zoo located 3 miles (5 km) south of downtown Dallas, Texas in Marsalis Park. Established in 1888, it is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas and is managed by the non-profit Dallas Zoological Society. The zoo is home to over 2,000 animals representing 406 species. The Dallas Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Since 2009, attendance and community support for the zoo has surged. The Dallas Zoological Society is supported by over 20,000 membership households and growing. The DZS manages all fundraising, membership, special events, food services, retail operation, volunteer programs, marketing, and public relations for the zoo under management contract with the City of Dallas. The Dallas Zoo was established in 1888, when the city purchased two deer and two mountain lions for $60 from a private seller in Colorado City, Colorado. The animals were placed in pens and put on display in City Park. In the 1890s, the Dallas City Council approved funding for the zoo and more animals were purchased and added to the zoo's collection. The zoo
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    Exmoor Zoo

    Exmoor Zoo

    • Located In: Exmoor
    • Organization Memberships: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Exmoor Zoo is a conservation centre in Exmoor, North Devon, England. The zoo developed from Exmoor Bird Gardens, opened on the site of a farm in 1982. The current owners took over in 1993, and have steadily enlarged and developed the zoo, now specialising in the conservation of smaller animals. The zoo has been a member of BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, since 1995. Exmoor Bird Gardens opened on the site of a 7-acre (28,000 m) farm in 1982, expanding to 12 acres (49,000 m) in 1985. Financial difficulties over a number of years led to a change of ownership in 1993, and the new (and still current) owners started refurbishing the run-down bird gardens, also adding a number of animal species to the attractions. The 1995 name change to Exmoor Animal & Bird Gardens coincided with the joining of BIAZA, following the realisation that they were actually running a modern zoo. A further name change, to "Exmoor Zoological Park", took place in 1997, although this has since been shortened to just "Exmoor Zoo". Since then the zoo has expanded and developed further, and the focus has started shifting towards exhibiting larger animals then previously Exmoor Zoo cares
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    International Crane Foundation

    International Crane Foundation

    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of the 15 species of cranes. Founded in 1973, ICF moved to its current 225-acre (91 ha) headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1984. From the beginning, ICF was pledged to a mix of five essential activities: research, education, habitat protection, captive breeding and reintroduction. ICF tackled the extensive task of captive breeding of cranes, of which little experience or knowledge had previously existed, resulting in a succession of firsts. hooded and Siberian cranes produced young for the first time in captivity, and young Brolgas and black-necked cranes hatched for the first time in North America. The Foundation was also the first to hatch an endangered species from an egg fertilized by cryogenically preserved semen. Over the past nearly 40 years, ICF has gathered unique collaborations and led effective community-based conservation programs, important research projects and innovative captive breeding and reintroduction efforts. These efforts have inspired unusual international cooperation – bringing together both North and South Koreans, for example – while helping
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    Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park

    Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park

    • Located In: Kristiansand
    The Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park (Kristiansand Dyrepark) is a Zoological garden and amusement park situated 11 km east of Kristiansand, Norway. It is Norway's most frequently visited attraction, covering an area of 150 acres (61 ha). Animals include wolves, lynxes, wolverines, tigers, lions, chimpanzees, mooses, zebras, and orangutans. Other attractions include Cardamom Town (Norwegian: Kardemomme by), which is made to look like the town in the book by Thorbjørn Egner, and Captain Sabertooth and pirate village Kjuttaviga (Luna Bay), which is taken from a theatre act by the singer and actor Terje Formoe.
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    Los Angeles Zoo

    Los Angeles Zoo

    • Located In: Los Angeles
    • Exhibits: Campo Gorilla Reserve
    • Organization Memberships: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 133-acre (54 ha) zoo founded in 1966 and located in Los Angeles, California. The City of Los Angeles owns the entire zoo, its land and facilities, and the animals. Animal care, grounds maintenance, construction, education, public information, and administrative staff are city employees. The first zoo, called the Griffith Park Zoo, opened in 1912 and was located about two miles (3.2 km) south of the current zoo site until it was closed in August, 1966. Remnants of the original zoo remain. The site of the current zoo was formerly the location of Rodger Young Village, which was itself built on the land which had been used for the Griffith Park Aerodrome. The zoo opened in its present location in November of 1966. By the early 1990s, the zoo's infrastructure was deteriorating. In January 1992, a ten-inch water pipe burst, leaving half of the zoo without water. The next day, city officials passed a $300 million master plan that had been recently drafted to deal with the infrastructure problems and inadequate exhibits. In 1998, the zoo opened Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, followed by Red Ape RainForest in 2000, the Komodo Dragon
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    Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens

    Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens

    • Located In: Milwaukee
    • Exhibits: Taylor Family Humboldt Penguins
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Milwaukee County Zoo is a zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operated by the Milwaukee County Parks Commission. The zoo houses 1,800 animals and covers an area of 200 acres (81 ha). It is noted for the first birth of polar bears and siamangs in captivity. The zoo is also home to one of the largest group of bonobos in one location outside their native Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to two cheetahs from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.. West Park Zoo opened in 1892, displaying small mammals and birds. The following year, the zoo added two cinnamon bears and created an iron bear den. In 1899, the zoo constructed a $2,137 herbivore building that housed a variety of animals. In 1900, West Park Zoo became Washington Park Zoo and two years later, the zoo was expanded to 23 acres (9.3 ha). Even with the Great Depression of the 1930s, the zoo prospered, creating a bear den that resembled bears' natural habitat. In 1931, the zoo's bear collection contained 37 specimens. By 1937, the Washington Park Zoo was beginning to show its age. A reptile exhibit was opened in the main zoo building in 1942. George Speidel, zoo director at this time, began planning a new zoo. Although still
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    Monarto Zoo

    Monarto Zoo

    • Located In: Monarto
    • Exhibits: Waterhold Viewing Platform
    Monarto Zoological Park is an open-range animal sanctuary that is administered by the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia, along with the Adelaide Zoo. It has an area of 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi). It is located in Monarto, approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) from the city of Adelaide. It features several unique attractions, including a drive through cheetah habitat, a southern white rhinoceros habitat, and Australia's largest giraffe herd. It is also home to South Australia's largest revegetation project. Monarto was created in 1983 on land owned by the state government as a closed-to-the-public, purpose breeding area and endangered species sanctuary. In 1990, a study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of allowing public access to the park, and by 1993 it had been developed into a large educational facility, open to the public, with bus and walking tours. Five major habitat exhibits have been developed, including the Asian steppes, arid north Africa, African plains, and Asian grasslands. The entire park is surrounded with vermin-proof fencing to keep the habitat as self-contained as possible. The area is not irrigated, and is populated primarily with native
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    Montreal Insectarium

    Montreal Insectarium

    • Located In: Montreal
    The Montreal Insectarium is a museum located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, featuring a large quantity of insects from all around the world. It is the largest Canadian insectarium and among the largest insectariums worldwide. It was founded by Georges Brossard and opened on February 7, 1990. Its average attendance is 400,000 visitors per year. It displays both live and dead insect collections, from butterflies to bees and ants. It is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, along with the Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal Planetarium and the Montreal Biodome. Seen from the sky, the Montréal Insectarium resembles a stylized insect. This can also be seen from the observatory of Montréal's Olympic Stadium. The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.
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    Moody Gardens

    Moody Gardens

    • Located In: Galveston
    • Exhibits: Aquarium Pyramid Caribbean Exhibit
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Moody Gardens is a tourist complex, with zoo, gardens, beach, waterslides, paddlewheeler, cinemas and hotel in Galveston, Texas. It is owned by the City of Galveston but funded, operated, and supported by the multi-billion-dollar Moody Foundation, through a complex agreement. Moody Gardens features two main pyramid attractions: the Aquarium Pyramid, which is one of the largest in the world and holds many species of fish and other sealife; the Rainforest Pyramid, which contains tropical animals and plants, birds, butterflies, reptiles and a variety of other rainforest animals including free-roaming monkeys and two-toed sloths; and the Discovery Pyramid, which focuses on science-oriented exhibits and activities. Another major attraction is Palm Beach, a landscaped white sand beach with freshwater lagoons, a lazy river, tower slides, and splash pad play area for children. Moody Gardens also has a RideFilm Theater with motion-based pod seating, the MG 3D Theater features the largest screen in the state of Texas, 4D Special FX Theater, paddlewheel cruise boat, a hotel and a convention center. The complex attracts many local tourists from the city of Houston and its outlying suburbs. The
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    Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

    Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

    • Located In: Mystic
    • Exhibits: Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is an aquarium and oceanography institute in Mystic, Connecticut. The Aquarium is one of four U.S. facilities holding Steller sea lions and it has one of the largest outdoor Beluga Whale exhibits in the United States. Special exhibits include a ray and shark touch pool, a penguin exhibit, and a jelly gallery. The Institute for Exploration features maps, diagrams, and models from Dr. Robert Ballard's explorations of the Black Sea and of the wreck of the RMS Titanic. At the Nautilus Live Theater, presentations tell more of Dr. Ballard's more recent explorations and the ship E/V Nautilus. Through technology, audience members are linked to crew members on the ship at sea and can ask them questions directly. The aquarium is a member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Mystic Aquarium was first opened in 1973 as a privately owned corporation. Kelvin Smith, the industrialist and philanthropist who was the primary shareholder, chose Mystic, Connecticut as the site because of the area's scenic shoreline and rich maritime history. In 1999, the
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    Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

    Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

    • Located In: Santa Monica
    Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is an aquarium in Santa Monica, California located beneath the Santa Monica Pier, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Since 2003, it is operated by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization. It was formerly known as the Ocean Discovery Center and was operated by UCLA. As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, it is open to the general public and attracts more than 65,000 visitors from around the world per year (approximately 15,000 are students). This facility offers educational programs, activities and special events dedicated to marine conservation, pollution prevention, and environmental education. The SMPA has numerous exhibits featuring marine life native to the Santa Monica Bay, including: Species on display include: In February 2009 the two-spotted octopus managed to manipulate the pipe connection that takes care of draining the water tank. Consequently a few hundred gallons of water flooded the visitor space.
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    Stone Zoo

    Stone Zoo

    • Located In: Stoneham
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    Stone Zoo is a medium-small sized zoo of about 26 acres (11 ha) in Stoneham, Massachusetts, United States, by the Spot Pond reservoir. It is operated by Zoo New England, which also operates the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Stone Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo was founded in 1905 as the Middlesex Fells Zoo. It began as a small collection of local animals, but soon began to include more exotic species as well. A new attraction, the Kiddy Zoo (which was largely based on Mother Goose stories) opened in the 1950s. The zoo underwent its largest renovation project in the 1960s under the guidance of zoo director Walter D. Stone; state-of-the-art exhibits were built, including a large free-flight aviary. Also from the renovation project, the zoo began featuring elephants, giraffes, zebras, pygmy hippopotamuses, sea lions, and many other large animals. On March 14, 1969, the zoo was renamed the Walter D. Stone Memorial Zoo in honor of Walter D. Stone, after his untimely death in 1968. The zoo was very popular by the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, it began breeding endangered species, including orangutans, kinkajous, siamang gibbons,
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    Underwater Adventures Aquarium

    Underwater Adventures Aquarium

    • Located In: Mall of America
    SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium is a public aquarium located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It is home to more than 10,000 aquatic creatures, including a large collection of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and freshwater fish. The 1,200,000-US-gallon (4,500,000 l) aquarium also features sea turtles, octopuses, and lobsters. Freshwater exhibits include game fish from the northern region of the United States, several giant catfish and a 180-pound (82 kg) alligator gar from the southern United States. The aquarium includes a 300-foot (91 m) clear acrylic tunnel that lets visitors explore the underwater world while remaining dry. The aquarium also claims to have the "world's largest jellyfish collection" and the "world's largest underground shark exhibit". The aquarium at the Mall of America was opened in 1996 under the name Underwater World. The aquarium took 18 months to build. In 2000, the re-opening of the aquarium changed its name to Underwater Adventures Aquarium. In 2008, the aquarium became a part of British-based Merlin Entertainments group of attractions, and was rebranded as a Sea Life Centres in March 2011. In the summer of 2009, the aquarium debuted a
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    Valley Zoo

    Valley Zoo

    • Located In: Edmonton
    • Exhibits: Birds of Prey
    • Organization Memberships: Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Edmonton Valley Zoo is a zoo located in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta's river valley. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Edmonton and is open 364 days a year, only closing on Christmas. The zoo is currently accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is one of three accredited zoos in Alberta. The Valley Zoo opened on July 1, 1959 as a replacement for a previous Edmonton Zoo (Borden Park Zoo) which was torn down to expand Northlands Park (now Northlands). The zoo is home to over 350 exotic and native animals and houses over 100 different species. In 2007, the Edmonton Valley Zoo launched the Makira Conservation Fund Initiative in honour of their newly-unveiled lemur habitat, aptly named the Makira Outpost after the Makira forest region in Madagascar. In addition to this cause, the zoo also raises funds and awareness for other endangered animals such as red pandas, through the Red Panda Network, and various other conservation efforts. This facility also actively promotes animal conservation through its participation in the Species Survival Plan, an international effort led by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association which
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    Virginia Zoological Park

    Virginia Zoological Park

    • Located In: Norfolk
    • Exhibits: Trail of the Tiger
    • Organization Memberships: Association of Zoos and Aquariums
    The Virginia Zoological Park is a 53-acre (21 ha) zoo located adjacent to Lafayette Park in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The zoo opened in 1900, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1987. In 1892, the City of Norfolk purchases the 65 acres (26 ha) that is currently occupied by Lafayette Park. In 1900, the park begins acquiring animals to exhibit, and by 1901 its collection exceeds 200 animals including mammals, birds and reptiles. In 1974, the animal area is fenced off from the city park and named Lafayette Zoological Park. Though fenced off, residents of the nearby LaValette Street can see the zoo's elephants from their homes. Newcomers, unfamiliar with the fact that a zoo is in the location, sometimes called the police at the sight of elephants. Between 1974 and 1980, most of the zoo's old exhibits are renovated. In 1974 the Friends of the Zoo is established to act as a support organization for the development of the zoo. In 1989 it is renamed as the Virginia Zoological Society and established as a non-profit organization. In 1985, Lafayette Zoological Park is renamed the Virginia Zoological Park at Norfolk (commonly known as the Virginia Zoo). In 1987,
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    Zoo Negara

    Zoo Negara

    • Located In: Ulu Klang
    • Exhibits: Insect Zoo
    • Organization Memberships: South East Asian Zoos Association
    The National Zoo (Malay: Zoo Negara) is a zoo in Malaysia located on 110 acres (45 ha) of land in Ulu Klang, near Taman Melawati, in north-east Kuala Lumpur. It was officially opened on 14 November 1963. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. For funding, Zoo Negara relies on gate collections and on support from donors and sponsors. Zoo Negara is home to 5137 animals of 459 different species. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature. Zoo Negara received MS ISO 9001:2008 certification in July 2007, and is a member of the South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA). The President and chairman of the zoo is Y. Bhg. Dato’ Ismail Hutson. In 1957, the Malayan Agri-Horticultural Association (MAHA) opened a miniature zoo. After the creation of the mini-zoo, the idea of proper zoo gradually gained momentum, and the federal government chose a spot in Ulu Klang, Selangor next to the border of Kuala Lumpur. In the 1960s, Ulu Klang was an undeveloped green area. In 1963, the first Prime Minister of Malaya (now Malaysia)
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