12 Best Zoos to Visit in the World

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Guest post by Muhammad Sahabuddin (ArrestedWorld.com)

The best zoos in the world are not always large, they fully reflect the natural environment in which animals lived before they got to the zoo. The best zoos in the world are modern and well developed, they were not created to keep wild animals for display, they create the same conditions for animals as in the wild, in zoos, there is a lot of room for existence, overnight and breeding.

01. National Zoological Garden, South Africa

If you want to get an unforgettable experience from visiting the zoo, you must go to the National Zoological Garden in South Africa. This is one of the largest zoos in South Africa, which is located on Pretoria hills and in which more than 2500 wild animals live. Thanks to the knowledge and experience of zoo workers, all animals that now live in the National Zoological Garden were born and raised here. Also, the zoo is a beautiful reptile park and a large number of amazing exotic and endangered species of trees.

02. Animal Kingdom Zoo, Orlando USA

The “Animal Kingdom” is not one of the largest zoos in the world, it is rather a commercial Disney Land theme park in Orlando (Florida), which houses more than 1,500 exotic animals, as well as thousands of amazing species of birds and fish. Zoo workers work around the clock and hard to ensure the natural living conditions of animals, and also take into account the individual needs of each of them. Loyal employees claim that the zoo is close to the natural habitat of animals.

03. Zoo Basel, Switzerland

Who would have thought that one of the best zoos in the world could be in Switzerland, known for its clean places, snowy mountains, cuckoo clocks, and the most delicious chocolate? Basel is not only one of the best zoos in the world, but it is also the second most popular tourist attraction in Switzerland among tourists. More than 6,000 animals live here, such as the Somali donkey, dwarf hippos. Basel is one of the old zoos that was opened in 1874.

04. Zoo Beauval, France

From the beginning of its opening (1980) to the present day, Beauval Zoo has been very popular. At first, there were only aviaries for more than 2000 species of birds, and after decades, more than 4000 animals appeared in the zoo. The most popular animals of the Beauval Zoo are a pair of white tigers, Gorbi and Raisa, as well as twins of the manatee, Quito, and the Moon. Without a doubt, this is the best zoo in the world worth visiting.

05. The Bronx Zoo, New York

The Bronx Zoo is one of New York ‘s finest zoos. The area of ​​the zoo is 250 acres. More than 4000 animals live in it, many of which belong to rare species that are on the verge of extinction, for example, Siberian tigers, unusual hissing cockroaches, and the well-known lemurs from Madagascar. During a tour of the zoo, you will see Congo Gorilla Forest with an area of ​​6.5 acres, African Safari Adventure, and Tiger Mountain, where you will see Siberian tigers.

06. Berlin Zoological Park, Germany

Berlin Zoological Park was opened in 1800 and is considered a historical monument of Berlin. After World War II, the zoo was completely restored. The amazing structure of the zoo is as beautiful as the animals living here. Berlin Zoological Park is considered one of the best zoos in the world because there are many rare species of animals that are on the verge of extinction.

07. Zoo Schonbrunner, Austria

There is no doubt that Schonbrunner Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world. It was discovered in the late 1700s. Includes Tropical House and Arctic Polarium. At the end of 2007, the polar bear gave birth to two magnificent polar cubs, in the spring of 2008 they were shown to the whole world.

08. Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington

Smithsonian National Zoological Park is one of the best zoos in the world. In the center of Rock Creek Park is home to more than 400 species (more than 2000) of animals. What pleases you at this zoo is the absolutely free admission. Children and adults love the Snore and Roar excursion, which takes place at night, this excursion includes overnight in tents.

09. Loro Park, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Loro Park is known for the largest collection of parrots in the world. It is not surprising that birds singing can be heard everywhere – among the trees, there are up to 350 different species. They even have a parrot kindergarten, where chicks are fed and raised. But not only birds live here, but visitors can also see shows of sea lions and dolphins. We also recommend not to miss the aquarium with jellyfish.

10. Jerusalem Bible Zoo

This huge two-level zoo is located on 25 hectares of a picturesque valley, where in addition to green lawns and trees, there is a large lake and a whole system of waterfalls. There are 200 species of animals: lions, elephants, rhinos, bears, kangaroos, monkeys, zebras, snakes, birds, snakes, and many other representatives of the fauna. Of course, all the inhabitants of the zoo live here in their natural habitat – from the rainforest to the African savannah. To get around the park, visitors need at least several hours, so the Zoo sightseeing train runs here.

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo founded the Jerusalem Municipality in 1940, designating Noah’s Ark as the symbol of this place. By the way, in addition to animals, visitors will also see the famous “Biblical Nature Corner”, where the historical landscape of Ancient Palestine is very accurately reproduced.

11. Singapore Zoo

The 28-hectare Singapore Zoo is one of the most beautiful outdoor animal venues in the world. There are no lattices and cages – animals live in large open enclosures and pavilions, and also walk with people along with the lawns. Very rare representatives of the fauna live here.

Guests can not only stroll through the vast territory of the Singapore Zoo but also take a ride on a compact train or rent a boat or scooter. Besides, various shows are regularly organized at the zoo. For example, visitors themselves can feed animals or birds directly from their hands. And here it is allowed to organize birthdays and other holidays, including a wedding ceremony.

12. Ranua Wildlife Park, Finland

This is not just the northernmost zoo in the world, but a whole wildlife sanctuary, which is located almost at the very northern circle, surrounded by coniferous forests.

About 60 species of diverse representatives of the northern fauna live here. Another feature of the park is that a large hospital is located and operates here – wild animals from all over the country are brought here. After treatment, they are released, and those who could not get stronger are left in the zoo.

By the way, in winter, in Ranua Wildlife Park, guests can rent snowmobiles, sleighs, and skis, ride sledding with deer or dogs. In the summer, an auto-track and a large complex with horses are available for visitors.