All cities that attract tourists have a zoo. A zoo is a place to go and observe wildlife while visiting your favorite animals. They promote animal awareness and public education while at the same time creating a natural habitat for endangered species and animal conservation. Here is a list of the top ten zoos in the world.
10. National Zoological Gardens, South Africa
Opened in 1899, the National Zoological Gardens is Africa’s best zoo. This enormous zoo houses 4500 animals. Due to its size, guests can rent a golf cart to travel around its grounds and visit all the animals. The National Zoological Gardens is also home to South Africa’s largest aquarium.
9. Yokohama Zoo, Japan
Known as Zooasia, Yokohama Zoo opened in 1999. It houses 1500 animals and 150 different species. At the entrance, guests receive binoculars to better see the animals because of the large premises. Yokohama Zoo has seven separate ecological areas designed to imitate the natural habitats of the animals.
8. Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania
America’s first zoo opened in 1874, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to 1300 animals. It has some of the best primate exhibits in the world and breeds endangered species. An exciting extra at this zoo is the overnight camp experience for kids.
7. Tiergarten Schombrunn Zoo, Austria
The Tiergarten Schombrunn Zoo is the oldest zoo in the world; opened in 1752. It is one of four zoos that house the giant panda. Also, Tiergarten Schombrunn is the first zoo with successful natural insemination producing the first panda birth in Europe in 2007.
6. Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada
This award winning zoo houses 5000 animals and 460 different species. As one of the largest zoos in the world, the Toronto Zoo offers many special experiences, including camel rides and a sting ray touch area.