Wildlife World Zoo presents some of the most well known and beautiful zoos of the world, those where animal welfare, research and conservation are at the forefront of the zoo goals.
If you decided you definitely want to experience beautiful wild animals in the convenient proximity of a zoo (see the pros and cons of wild animals’ zoos in "See Wild Animals"), you might as well go to the best zoos in the world!
Browse the Wildlife World Zoo page to find some of the best zoos in the world! This is not a classification or "Top 10 Zoos" however, and not an exhaustive list either. I will keep adding more zoos as I discover them or get a recommendation by you!
So... What zoo can YOU recommend? Please add your best zoo experience to this page!
The San Diego Zoo works in cooperation with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.
Welcome to the famous wildlife world zoo of San Diego! Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The San Diego Zoo has:
And San Diego Zoo is also breeding endangered giant pandas!
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has:
More than half of the Park’s 1,800 acres have been set aside as protected native species habitat. Good on them!
The story goes that the first animals of the zoo were those taken in after being abandoned by a local exhibition.
Since then the zoo has an animal-friendly approach, where it tries to have exhibits that look as natural to the wild animals' real habitats as possible, and complemented by daily enrichment experiences. That means introducing new and exciting sights, sounds, and smells to keep the animals entertained.
1- The San Diego Zoo supports 100 conservation field projects in 35 countries, focusing on wild animals reintroductions programs and helping save endangered species from extinction.
Field stations around the world include:
2- In the zoo itself research is conducted on species such as: the giant panda, Fiji island iguana, Galapagos tortoise, polar bear, Bornean sun bear, and brown kiwi.
3- In the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, 200 scientists are researching conservation issues and new solutions.
Main research interests of the institute are Animal Ecology, Behavioral Biology, Genetics (notably gene bank), Reproductive Physiology and Wildlife disease research, for example with the chytrid fungus, a very serious threat to frog populations.
The Garden of the Senses at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
The mission statement of the zoo is a good way to understand what this zoo is about and whether it supports important values. Indeed the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has a great mission statement:
The Center for Conservation and Research (CCR) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a center for research in molecular genetics, reproductive physiology, nutrition, plant micro propagation and conservation medicine as well as possessing a veterinary medical facility.
One key project is Amphibian Conservation Initiative, including:
In association to the Amphibian Conservation Initiative, the Amphibian Conservation Education Project enables you to take part in frog conservation directly.
Please help the Omaha Zoo help frogs!! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about training programs.
The Bronx Zoo is the largest zoo in a metropolitan location in the United States. The Bronx Zoo is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society with the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo.
Welcome to the famous wildlife world zoo of the Bronx! Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Stavenn
Animal enrichment is important at the Bronx Zoo and is as variable as the animals: from a giant pulley toy for big cats, to a foraging log for birds or octopuses, or a mobile for monkeys…
You wouldn’t believe the latest enrichment activity at the Bronx Zoo! Wild animals such as gorillas, elephants, goats, sea lions, and pygmy porcupines are learning to paint!
Keepers at the Bronx Zoo work with their animals through training sessions that strengthen the keeper-animal bonds, stimulate natural instincts and behaviors, and facilitate the animals’ care.
The Bronx Zoo is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a well known conservation organisation.
The Wildlife Conservation Society:
I am a huge fan of the Wildlife Conservation Society, having seen their work first hand while in Africa, and they are doing a fantastic job all around the world for wildlife. Don't hesitate to support them and the Bronx Zoo, you know you help wild animals by helping the Wildlife Conservation Society!
The Bronx Zoo is dedicated to greening its own backyard with energy-efficient exhibits and office buildings, recycling programs and even composting toilets…
The Bronx Zoo supports the Restoring Bronx Rivers project, which seeks to rehabilitate the lower Bronx River so it can become a natural and community resource for the Bronx again.
Singapore Zoo is one part of the group Wildlife Reserves Singapore which also includes Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and River Safari.
Welcome to the famous wildlife world zoo of Singapore! Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The Singapore Zoo philosophy is four fold (in this order): Conservation, Education, Recreation and Research.
That’s a good start!
The Singapore Zoo is also well known for the design of its animal enclosures: there are no cages in the zoo, humans are separated from other animals by wet or dry moats and glass.
All exhibits are designed to allow zoo animals to express their natural behaviour.
Any legislated codes for animal welfare in Singapore are regarded by the Singapore Zoo as minimum standards.
The Singapore Zoo support conservation and research projects such as:
The Singapore Zoo supports:
Inside the Singapore Zoo research also happens, for example, the role of Malayan tapirs in dispersing different types of fruits and seeds or the ability of orang utans and chimpanzees to solve puzzles were studied.
The Australia Zoo, funded by the famous crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, works in association with the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
The work the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital does for the Australian wildlife is truly amazing. By visiting Australia Zoo you are directly supporting the Hospital and be comfortable that you are helping wild animals when they are at their most vulnerable.
Welcome to the famous wildlife world zoo: Australia Zoo, Photo: Kaus, Wikimedia Commons
Animal welfare considerations are paramount in the treatment and veterinary management of patients at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and are affected minimally by commercial or financial considerations.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors are the conservation arm of the Australia Zoo. They are involved in numerous conservation projects around the world, here are some examples:
- capturing, tagging and tracking crocodiles with GPS Satellite transmitters, increasing our knowledge on the distances crocodiles can move and their ability to return to their habitat after relocation,
- monitoring crocodile behaviour and physiology,
- studying crocodile ability to remain submerged including during flood events.
All data are put to use in the hope of developing a peaceful co-existence of crocodiles and people .
- improving the relationship between farmers and cheetahs by capturing and translocating cheetahs out of properties where they are not wanted (instead of the cheetah being killed)
- also, to help farmers protect their livestock and livelihood, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors support the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Program. Guard dogs are given to farmers to scare away cheetahs (see more on these and other amazing conservation dogs),
- fitting radio-collars, tracking, monitoring and publishing data on cheetahs,
- running local education to reduce the cheetah-human conflict.
The Australia Zoo sponsors a Wildlife Hospital, with a wildlife emergency hotline, a 24/7 wildlife rescue team and rehabilitation program. The facilities at the hospital are truly amazing (I’ve seen that first hand), the teams dedicated and the vet treatment world class. Everything is done to give each and every injured and sick wild animal the best chances of recovery and release.
These are some of the most famous Wildlife World Zoos! I hope you find some inspiration by browsing the zoos, and visit wild animals there or even better, in their natural environments!
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