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Zoos - Zoological Parks

Updated on August 19, 2011

Zoological Parks

I absolutely love going to Zoological Parks . It's almost as if you step into a twilight zone, seeing creature's from all around the world. Some say if you seen one, you seen them all. I beg to differ and that's what this hub is about. Each zoo has a little something different to offer from all the rest and with all the new technologies and innovations, zoo's have come a long way and really stepped it up for the new generation. A new generation of young folks who are developing a love and a passion for animals all around the world, and some of those kids will grow up and do fabulous things for their planet and wildlife in general. In today's world there is an increasing need for conservation leaders, someone who is passionate and driven to teach, guide and motivate others to make a positive impact in the world they live in. Zoo's are place for learning, for appreciating and enjoying some good old family time too.  

The Brookfield Zoo - Chicago, IL

In 1919, Edith Rockefeller McCormick donated 83 acres of land specifically for a zoo to be built to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The Forest Preserve District through in additional property and in total they had 200 acres. They opened the doors on July 1,1934 after struggling through the financial crash of 1929. Well you can hear crashing at the zoo now, by walking through their indoor rain Forrest exhibit with real waterfalls. Fun fact,...The staff traveled to Uganda to measure the tree's and tape insect noises. Talk about innovations, did you know the Brookfield Zoo was first in the nation to build an inland dolphinarium in 1960. If you love wolves, check out the Regenstein Wolf Woods, A little over 2 acre exhibit, along the south shore of Indian Lake a one-way glass separates you and the wolves. Breath taking,..These creature's will amaze you. Speaking of creatures that can amaze you, Wow, the kid's,..yes I said the Kid's. They have a 2 acre play habitat for kid's to play in. They can dress up and play veterinarian, or dig for bugs in the sand. A real hand's on experience that will forever stay with a kid. Moving on, there is dolphin shows, a exhibit that lets you get nose to nose with a bear, or watch white cheeked gibbons swing 20 feet, from tree branches 30 feet above the ground. One last place to visit, the gift shop. Perfect gift for any one's gift list who wants to go Green,...Poo Poo Paper !!! ha ha. Yes this is for real, elegant gifts made from elephant dung, such as journals and note box's. They also do have some of the most beautiful ornaments you'll ever see. Hand carved, blown glass and handcrafted beaded ornaments. 

The Bronx Zoo - New York

The Bronx Zoo is located within the Bronx Park, 265 acres of naturalistic habitats in which the Bronx river flows through it. They opened the doors on Nov. 8th, 1899 with only 22 exhibits and a little over 800 animals. Now when you go, you will see over 4,000 animals, many which belong to the endangered or threatened species list. When visiting the Bronx Zoo, take a walk through Madagascar,...It's got lemurs, hissing cockroaches and cave-dwelling crocs !! Want more adventure, walk through Africa and go nose to nose with Gorillas in a 6 and a half acre of rain forest, walk under canopy of leaves, go to treetop lookouts and sprays of mist along the way. Tiger Mountain is very cool also,..woodlands that recreates the Russian far East. They have many different food venues to chose from, camel rides and face painting.  

The San Diego Zoo - California

The San Diego Zoo 100 acres located in the beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego, California, by far they are the World's Famous of zoo's. It is one of the few that houses the giant panda's. They offer tours and sleepovers, and you can even adopt a animal of your own. Their elephant exhibit is a must see, over 2 acres and several pools, one holding 137,000 gallons of water with 7 elephants roaming through it. For the thrill seekers they have a flight line you can go on, harness your way in and fly 160 feet above ground and zip through 2/3 of a mile over exotic animals in their open exhibits. Definitely a fly by your seat experience. If your a cowgirl or cowboy at heart you can always take a ride on some mules. Since it's California you have to take a peek at Condor Ridge, good thing it wasn't condors in the movie, the birds. The Kilimanjaro Safari Walk is a 2 mile adventure on a backcountry trail with lions, tigers and elephants and the gardens are magnificent.

Philadelphia Zoo - Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Zoo is America's first zoo and it just turned 150 years old on March 21st,2009. It's 42 acres is located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This zoo is one of the best in the world when it comes to breeding animals that have been difficult to breed in captivity. There 20 million big cat exhibit Big Cat Falls is a gotta see. It houses 12 endangered big cats including snow leopard, cougars and a black jaguar. In May of this year they opened the McNeil Avian Center which features two extinct species, Guam Rail and the Micronesian Kingfisher, no where to be seen in the wild again. What a fabulous chance of a life time to see these amazing creatures. Kids love the Zooballoon ride as it rises 400 feet into the air, what a view. It also has rides for the kids, such as the Amazon Rain forest Carousel, horse and pony rides, camel safari's and you can sail away on a swan boat.

Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Zoo is 580 acres and the land lies along the eastern banks of the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir on the  peaceful Scioto River in Powell,Ohio just north of Columbus. The zoo is was named by the USA Travel Guide as the number one zoo, because of the efforts of Jack Hanna when he was director of the zoo. What I think is cool about this zoo it that they have the animal exhibits divided into 8 different regions of the world. The Shores region known as "Discovery Reef" and "Manatee Coast just will blow you away with their Manatee aquarium, with flamingos and American alligators. Go into Southeast Asia and see Komodo Dragons and Black Swans, Continue your journey's to Australia and go down under into a world of kangaroos, Koala Bears and check out the Rainbow Lorikeet. Just a beautiful park, with friendly attendants and I gotta mention, the gift shops in the regions goes along with the themes. If your a golf lover then your in for an added treat. Located just south of the zoo there is a 18 hole golf courses, Safari Golf Club. For the rest of the family there's Zoombezi bay, an awesome water park and Jungle Jack's Landing, an amusement park including the Sea Dragon Roller Coaster. 

Houston Zoo in Houston, Texas

The Houston Zoo is 55 acres within  Hermann Park in Houston, Texas. They have invested in a 1 million dollar project called "African Forest" expected to be complete next fall in 2010. It will be undoubtedly an inspirational experience I am sure. The bird exhibits is a must see, with 250 species and 800 specimens it is one of the largest collections of birds anywhere in the U.S. The Macaws and their colors is amazing. The reptile and Amphibian exhibit houses the Gaboon vipers, Black mambas and the Black forest cobras. You can see Komodo dragons and Crocodile monitors. Monkey around in their Wortham World of Primates, be immersed in deep foliage and see lemurs from Madagascar, mandrills from Africa and as you leave you'll pass  beautiful Duck Lake. When passing through though you'll feel the stares from the lion's, for that tunnel leads into the Carnivores realm. It houses 9 species of exotic cats, bears and even the fossa of Madagascar. I also need to mention the Kipp Aquarium, it has 23 aquatic habitats and uses over 26 thousand gallons of water. It houses seahorses, moon jellyfish, coral reefs, octopus and 100's of other species. It also has the John P. McGovern Children's zoo with 40 more exhibits and a water playground.  

If you have been to anyone of these Zoo's,.. I'd really like to hear your review on them,..or maby you have some traveling tips you might want to share, just post it in the comments !!!


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    • Animal World profile imageAUTHOR

      Animal World 

      8 years ago

      Hi Habee,.. I'd love to link them together, not sure how to do it though. Animals are awesome, zoos are by far my favorite places to go.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I love animals and zoos! I wrote one about ZooAtlanta. We should link them! Let me know.


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