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Top 10 Biggest Zoos In The World

  1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, Ohio, USA
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a not-for-profit zoo located near Powell in Ohio. It houses over 7000 animals which represent well over 700 species. The animals are divided according to their geographic location. The zoo is spread over 120 acres as of now. There are plans to add an ‘African Savanna’ section and a ‘Polar Environment’ section. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is visited by an average 2.3 million people every year. In addition to the animals, the zoo also owns a golf course. The course has 18 holes and is known as the ‘Safari Golf Club.’ It covers an area of 140 acres.

 

  1. Moscow Zoo, Moscow, Russia
Moscow Zoo

The Moscow Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world, dating back to 1864. It is also one of the biggest. The zoo is spread over an area of 53 acres and has over 6000 animals from more than 900 species. Along with taking care of the animals, the zoo is also involved in studying animal behavior. It also studies about animal reproduction and feeding. The Moscow Zoo also carries out breeding of animals which are endangered.

 

  1. Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Canada
Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada. It is spread over 700 acres and is home to more than 16,000 animals. The animals are divided into various sections like Africa, Indo-Malaya, Tundra Trek, Eurasia, Australasia, Canadian and the Americas. Most animals are kept outdoors while a few are kept indoors. The animals which are kept indoors can be seen in the tropical pavilions. The animals which are kept outdoors live in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The zoo currently houses over 500 species of animals.

 

  1. Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

The Henry Doorly Zoo is the number one attraction in the state of Nebraska. It was founded in 1894 as the Riverview Park Zoo. The zoo houses 17,000 animals belonging to 962 species. It is spread over 130 acres and features a large indoor desert as well as a massive indoor swamp. There is also a cat complex, comprising big cats like tigers and lions. The zoo’s dome is a very popular feature amongst its visitors. The Henry Doorly Zoo was recently voted as the best zoo in the world by Tripadvisor.com.

 

  1. Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai, India
Arignar Anna Zoological Park

The Arignar Anna Zoological Park was the first zoo in the world to perform birth control surgery on crocodiles. Located in the city of Chennai, this zoo is spread over 510 acres. It comprises specially made dry and wet islands as well as evergreen forests. The chimpanzees at the zoo are especially entertaining and will keep you busy with their antics. The zoo gets an average of about 800,000 visitors every year. The main aim of Arignar Anna Zoological Park is to spread awareness about wildlife conservation.

 

  1. Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo was founded on 1st July 1934. Also known as Chicago Zoological Park, it has animals from over 450 species. The zoo has gained worldwide recognition for using ditches and moats instead of cages. These ditches and moats are used for separating the visitors from the animals. The Brookfield Zoo was the first American zoo to display Giant Pandas. In the year 1960, the zoo built the country’s first dolphin exhibit. In the 1980s, this zoo was again the first to build an indoor rain forest in America.

 

  1. Bronx Zoo, New York City, New York, USA
Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is the biggest zoo in the USA. It is located in the Bronx borough of New York City. Spread over 250 acres, this zoo comprises natural habitats and parklands. More than 4000 animals live inside the zoo, many of which are listed as endangered. The zoo is divided into regions like ‘Wild Asia’ and ‘African Plains’. The Bronx Zoo was the first zoo in the world to display Proboscis monkeys. This is a species of monkey found in Southeast Asia. None of those monkeys are at the zoo anymore. The last two of the monkeys were sent to Singapore Zoo in 1996.

 

  1. San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California, USA
San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in the world. Spread over 100 acres, it is home to more than 4000 animals. These animals represent more than 800 species. Almost all of the animal exhibits are in the open because of the nice soothing climate of California. The zoo is also actively involved in animal preservation and conservation. Many species are bred by the zoo and are then released into their original habitats. The world’s only albino koala bear was born in this zoo in 1997. Recently in 2014, the zoo acquired a colony of penguins.

 

  1. Whipsnade Zoo, Whipsnade, UK
Queen Elizabeth II at Whipsnade Zoo

Whipsnade Zoo the largest zoo in the UK, spread over 600 acres. It is perhaps the only zoo in the world to have an area known as ‘Chimpanasium’. It houses the chimpanzees residing in the zoo. Along with them, there are elephants, reindeer, bears, moose, cheetahs, birds and the big cats. The zoo also features large exhibits like the ‘Wild Wild Whipsnade’. Other exhibits include ‘Birds of the World’ and ‘Lions of Serengeti.’ In addition to these exhibits, there is also a ‘Discover Center,’ which is an indoor exhibit. It features animals like chameleons, snakes and spiders.

 

  1. Berlin Zoological Garden, Berlin, Germany
Berlin Zoological Garden

The Berlin Zoological Garden is the oldest zoo in Germany. Locally known asZoologischer Garten Berlin’, it is spread over 84 acres and is the most famous zoo in the country. The zoo might be smaller in size than several other big zoos but it houses nearly 17,000 animals. It also has the largest collection of animal species in the world, with over 1500 of them. Some famous residents of the zoo include ‘Knut’, who was a polar bear and ‘Bao Bao’, a giant panda. Unfortunately Knut died in 2011. Ever since the zoo opened in 1844, it has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, the zoo gets 3.3 million visitors on a yearly basis. It is considered to be the most popular zoo in Europe.

Originally posted 2017-05-30 06:43:42.

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