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IN Animals ON 29 Nov, 2016
Most of the top cities host a zoo where they not only make the animals feel at home but also help to save the endangered wildlife that would otherwise get lost in the hustle bustle of life. One of the best ways to get closer to the wildlife and in some cases, even feel their skin, is to spend some time at a zoo.
If you are an animal lover and wish to enjoy some safe yet intimate time with the wildlife in their natural habitat, you must visit one of these zoos we have mentioned here. Here is a list of the 10 best zoos in the world that are doing a good job of taking care of the animals and allowing humans to come close to some of the most exotic animals on earth.
Winding through exhibits containing kangaroos, red pandas, tamarins, emus, chimpanzees, smaller primates, marmosets and various waterbirds that are all native to South African wildlife, this zoo is 216 acres wide and is divided by the Apies river with suspension bridges hanging over it for easy crossing. 9,000 animals belonging to over 705 species have settled in here and call it home.
If you are an adventure seeker who loves animals, then this is the place to go. Founded by the crocodile hunter, the late Steve Irwin, the Australia Zoo is the most adventurous and the wildest zoo on earth. Experience a hands-on encounter with koalas, kangaroos, tigers, elephants, snakes, and wombats and enjoy a close look at the 1,000 other animals that reside in this beautiful place.
Stingray touch tanks and camel rides are a popular attraction of this zoo that boasts of housing endangered species like Gaur (Indian bison), pygmy hippo, African elephants, spider monkeys, Greater Kudu, and Western lowland gorillas. The zoo that has given a safe environment to 5,000 animals from 460 species, has also shared space with its native wildlife like the raccoons, lynx, Wood Bison, Grizzly bears, and cougars.
New Zealand's first zoo sprawls around 32-acres of land with more than 500 animals of 100 different species. Besides the regular animals, it has some native endangered species like the Sumatran tigers and miniature Sun Bear. This wildlife park is very particular about its environment-friendly, quality practices like solar heating and power, and allows one-on-one encounters with the animals for a deeper understanding and importance of natural preservation.
Counted among the top 7 by the Zoological Society of London, the Basel zoo has the most successful captive breeding programs of endangered species. More than 600 species of endangered species like the Indian rhinos, snow leopards, Somali Wild ass, flamingos, pygmy hippos, cheetahs, etc. are proud to be residing in this wildlife park.
This zoo boasts of an incredible and interesting architecture that houses 9,500 animals of 1,500 species. It is the most visited zoo in Europe and the oldest one in Germany. You would be surprised to know that this zoological garden is also the proud owner of the largest aquarium in the world.
Spread over 265 acres and bustling with over 6,000 animals, the Bronx zoo became the first zoo to house snow leopards and is now gearing up to become one of the largest zoos in the world. You can either walk around the place or enjoy a monorail guided tour across the zoo that will take you past our stouter friends like elephants, rhinos, and tigers.
The first and oldest zoo of America, the Philadelphia zoo is home to over 1,300 animals and is popular for captive breeding of endangered species and simulated natural habitats for its animal friends. PECO Primate Reserve, which is a 2.50-acre state-of-the-art primate exhibit makes this zoo even more renowned and houses 10 different primate species like lemurs, Silverbacks, gibbons, Sumatran Orangutans, and lowland gorillas.
Exotic creatures like the giant pandas, leopards, koalas, and Chinese alligators are fortunate enough to be housed in this zoo that provides them their natural habitat settings. Divided into ten different bioclimatic zones, this zoo has ensured that animals do not feel out of place and the people interested in revising their geography lessons can simply take a leisure walk around or enjoy a Skyfari Aerial Tram for an interesting journey through this animals' haven.
Huge and impressive, Singapore Zoo is one of the first open concepts zoos that allows the visitors to watch the animals enjoy in an open and safe habitat. Polar bears, kangaroos, lemurs, flamingos, elephants, and mandrills are a part of this zoo that has been nurturing 2,800 animals, birds and reptiles of over 300 species.
With so many wildlife parks that are dedicated to preserving and nurturing endangered species and providing a safe captive breeding for animals, it is impossible to resist the temptation of being intimate with our animal population. Visit any of these zoos today and take selfies with these exotic creatures to flaunt your animal love with.