10 Amazing Zoos From Around The World

10. Wellington Zoo, North Island, New Zealand

Two Lions on a rock at Wellington Zoo, North Island, New Zealand
Two Lions on a rock at the Wellington Zoo, North Island, New Zealand

Wellington zoo is situated on a sprawling 32-acres land making it New Zealand’s biggest zoo. It is a home for more than 500 animal of 100 different species including endangered species like Sumatran tigers and the miniature Sun Bear. The zoo is dedicated to providing quality and sustainable enclosures for its inhabitants, which includes solar heating and power, and educating people on the importance of natural preservation.

9. San Diego Zoo, California, USA

A Giant Panda on a tree at the San Diego Zoo, California, USA
A Giant Panda on a tree at San Diego Zoo, California, USA

San Diego Zoo is home to almost 4000 animals from 800 species. Visitors can observe the giant sloths, bears, lions and jaguars in their simulated natural habitats or opt for the 35-minute guided bus tour. They can decide to hop on and off at certain exhibits too. The zoo also features the Elephant Odyssey which is very impressive and educational, tracing the evolution from wooly mammoth to modern day elephants.

8. Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada

Grizzly bear at the Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada
Grizzly bear at Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada

The Toronto Zoo houses 5000 animals from 460 species from around the world. Many animals native to Canada dwell here, like Grizzly bear, Moose, Wood Bison, raccoons, lynx, and cougar. It is a home to numerous endangered animals like Gaur, spider monkeys, Grevy’s Zebras, African Elephants, Greater Kudu, Western lowland gorillas, and the pygmy hippo.

7. Yokohama Zoo, Japan

Polar bear at Yokohama Zoo, Japan
A Polar bear at the Yokohama Zoo, Japan

“Zoorasia” or the Yokohama Zoo is a massive, lush, and sprawling zoo residing 1500 animals from 150 species. The zoo is huge and is divided into 7 separate ecological regions (the Asian Tropical Forest, Central Asian Highland, Oceanian Grassland, Japanese Countryside, African Tropical Rainforest, and the Amazon Jungle) mimicking natural habitats of the  residing animals.

6. Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, North Wales

Humboldt Penguin at Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, North Wales
Humboldt Penguin at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, North Wales

The Zoological Society of Wales basically operates the Welsh Mountain zoo more like conservation lands for native wildlife than a typical zoo. The visitors can watch gray heron, grass snakes, and badgers among the wooded acres, tree-lined paths, and rolling hills. It also has exhibits of Eurasian Otter, California Sea Lions, and the Humboldt Penguin—outfitted with a river, and waterfall and slides.

5. Berlin Zoo, Germany

Elephants at Berlin Zoo, Germany
Two elephants at the Berlin Zoo, Germany

The Berlin Zoo is the oldest and most-visited zoo in all of the Germany. Including the associated aquarium The Berlin Zoo is home to over 17,000 animals. It was almost destroyed during World War II and about hundred animals died. It was rebuilt with the surviving a pair of lions, hyenas, a bull Elephant, almost a dozen baboons, and a chimpanzee.

4. Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Crocodile show at Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Crocodile show at Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Founded by the Australia’s Crocodile Hunter, late Steve Irwin.Australia Zoo has a size of 100-acre, and it is the wildest and the most adventurous zoo in the world. Besides the viewings of more than 1000 different animals, this zoo encourages hands-on encounters with various snakes, koalas, kangaroos, wombats, tigers, elephants.

3. Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania, USA

Zebra at the Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania, USA
A Zebra at the Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia Zoo is known for breeding endangered species in captivity as well as simulated natural habitats for its animal population. It is America’s very first zoo and inhabits over 1300 animals. It houses 10 different primate species in its state-of-the-art primate exhibits including gibbons, lowland gorillas, Sumatran Orangutans, lemurs, and Silverbacks. Philadelphia Zoo also houses 12 endangered species of felines such as African Lions, Amur Tigers, jaguars, Snow Leopards, and cougars.

2. Bronx Zoo, New York City, USA

Tiger Cubs at Bronx Zoo, New York City, USA
Tiger Cubs at the Bronx Zoo, New York City, USA

The Bronx Zoo has a veterinarian society established by the Wildlife Conservation Society and provides primary care for over 15,000 animals located at various zoos across America. It is renowned for its various animal enrichment programs. Visitors can learn about feedings, animal behavior, and health care for the various resident animals.

1. Basel Zoo, Switzerland

Two Cheethas at the Basel Zoo, Switzerland
Two Cheetahs at the Basel Zoo, Switzerland

The Basel Zoo boasts one of the most successful captive breeding programs for endangered species in the world. It shelters more than 600 species, including snow leopards, cheetah, Indian Rhino, flamingos, pygmy hippopotamuses, Somali Wild Ass, and okapi. Most of these creatures are not often seen in other wildlife parks around the world.

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