Do you want to get a bit crazy? Explore our list of the top 10 zoos in the world to find which zoos are dedicated to conservation and animal care in addition to providing a jungle of excitement. From anteater to zebra, we promise you’ll be thrilled.
1. San Diego Zoo, California, USA.
The San Diego Zoo has gone a long way since its humble beginnings in 1916 with abandoned animals from a local display to become one of the top zoos in the world. This wonderful zoo, which has a worldwide reputation for wildlife care, was a pioneer in the notion of open-air, cageless displays that mimic natural environments. The San Diego Zoo was also the scene of the first YouTube video ever shot, which is a fascinating fact.
2. Singapore Zoo, Mandai, Singapore.
Singapore is known for its efforts to establish a natural zoo development, in which animals dwell in “open” exhibits with disguised borders rather than cages. It also contains the world’s biggest captive orangutan population. The late Steve Irwin appreciated the Singapore Zoo so much that he designated it as Australia’s sister zoo.
3. Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Cheshire, England.
Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England, is England’s most popular wildlife destination. The zoo was founded in 1931 by George Mottershead, a wounded World War I soldier. Despite being wheelchair-bound for several years, Mottershead made his first polar bear display out of salvaged wartime road blocks and pillboxes. It is now one of the world’s largest zoos, with over 12,000 animals representing over 400 species.
4. Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria.
The Tiergarten zoo, sometimes known as the “Vienna Zoo,” is the oldest continually functioning zoo in the world. It was founded in 1752 as an imperial menagerie and presently houses over 700 species, many of which are endangered. Tiergarten’s still-preserved baroque structures are a definite treat for tourists, not merely as an educational and conservation centre.
5. Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia.
Taronga Zoo, named after the aboriginal phrase for “beautiful view,” was established on the beaches of Sydney Harbor in 1916. In 2014, Prince William and his wife, Kate, took their son, George, on a tour to the zoo. When the zoo named a charming new bilby after the tiny prince, he was overjoyed.
6. National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa was founded in 1899 and is a component of the National Research Foundation, where it helps to protect and conserve endangered species. It also has the country’s largest inland marine aquarium and third-largest collection of exotic plants. The zoo also provides camping expeditions, where you can spend a night out in the wild.
7. Bronx Zoo, Bronx, New York.
The Bronx Zoo originally opened its doors to the public in 1899, and it was the first zoo in the Western Hemisphere to exhibit snow leopards in 1903. While it has the dubious reputation of showing a human in 1906, an African bushman named Ota Benga, it is currently a key pioneer in animal preservation and education. Benga tried unsuccessfully to return to Africa after being liberated from the Bronx Zoo. In 1916, he succumbed to depression and committed suicide.
8. Zoologischer Garten, Berlin, Germany.
The Zoologischer Garten, better known as Zoo Berlin, is not only Germany’s oldest zoological park, but it also has the world’s most diverse collection of animals. This is a remarkable achievement, especially considering that the zoo was virtually devastated during WWII, with just 91 of the original 3,751 creatures surviving. The flak tower at the Berlin Zoo was one of the last bastions of German resistance to the Red Army.
9. Beijing Zoo, Beijing, China.
The Smithsonian Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., offers free entrance, so it’s easy to get carried away. This zoo, which attracted over 2 million visitors, was also home to the first Smokey the Bear. During his lifetime, he was so well-known that the post office assigned him his own zip code.
10. Smithsonian Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA.
The Beijing Zoo was founded in 1906 with only 12 monkeys, two parrots, and one blind emu. On 219 acres of land, it now houses 950 different types of animals. Flower gardens, lotus pools, magnificent Chinese pavilions, and one of the world’s most popular panda displays are among the attractions. The Beijing Zoo is a panda-monium of entertainment.