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The best zoos in the world


Almost every major city in the world boats of its own unique zoo. However, there are very few zoos in the world which have managed to become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. These select few have been internationally recognized for their magnificent wildlife exhibits, magnificent atmosphere and unique wildlife preservation and conservation programs. For most nature and animal lovers, these zoos can conjure up images of excitement and romance. Whenever you visit any one of the cities mentioned in this list, a trip to their iconic zoos is a must. Here is the list of the best zoos in the world.

10. Tiergarten Schonbrunn, Vienna


The Tiergarten Schonbrunn opened its doors way back in the year 1752 and is famous for being the oldest zoo in the world. Despite having been partially destroyed during the course of the two world wars, the zoo has successfully managed to reconstruct the original beauty and glory of its rich 17th century architecture. After grand renovations in the early 1990s, the Tiergarten Schonbrunn has also become home to more than 500 species of animals which also includes the scintillating Siberian tigers and the engendered one-horned rhinos. The most famous animal residents at the Tiergarten Schonbrunn are sea lions, elephants, jaguars and pandas.

09. The London Zoo, London, UK


The London Zoo is one of the most respected zoos in the planet and has also been termed as one of the oldest scientific zoos in the world. The zoo has slowly increased and expanded its animal population ever since it opened in the year 1828. As a result, this 36 acre zoo is now home to more than 16000 animals which encompass 755 different species. One of the most famous projects that was launched by the London Zoo in the recent past was the Tiger SOS program which aimed to raise funds for the conversation and protection of the Sumatran Tiger. The most popular animals at the London Zoo are the serval, tigers, gorillas, Komodo dragons, giraffes, zebras and penguins.

08. The Beijing Zoo, Beijing, China


The Beijing Zoo was opened in the year 1906 during the Qing dynasty. This 219 acre zoo is now home to one of the largest animal collections of China. It is also one of the most popular zoos in Asia and is known to attract more than It houses more than 950 species of animals and is also known to have the best collection of rare and endangered animals in China. Some of the most famous animal exhibits of the Beijing Zoo include Chinese alligators, the South China tigers and the Chinese Great Salamanders.
more than 6 million people each year.

07. Basel Zoo, Basel, Switzerland


The Basel Zoo opened in the year 1874 and is known to be the second most touristed attraction of Switzerland. The zoo has successfully managed to breed a number of endangered species due to its magnificent conversation programs and dedication to studying animal behaviour. The zoo is home to more than 6000 animals and attracts almost 2 million tourists each year. Some of the most animals at the Basel Zoo include the Somolian wild donkeys, cheetahs, rhinos, flamingos, apes, hippos and okapi.

06. The Berlin Zoological Gardens, Berlin, Germany


The Berlin Zoological Gardens opened its gates to the public way back in the year 1844. It is the oldest zoo in Germany and is spread over an area of 84 acres. The zoo is home to more than 19500 animals which encompass 1500 different species and also include a number of endangered species. The Berlin Zoological Gardens is famous all over the world for hosting one of the most comprehensive collections of animals in the world and is visited by more than 3 million tourists each year. The zoo offers tourists with a unique feeding program which allows them to witness and take part in the feeding of the animals at the zoo. The most famous animal exhibits at the Berlin Zoological Gardens include polar bears, wolves, seals elephants, pandas and lions.

05. The Bronx Zoo, Bronx, USA


The Bronx Zoo opened in way back in the year 1899 and has transformed itself into one of the best zoos in the world ever since. Spread over an area of 265 acres, the zoo is one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the world and houses more than 4000 animals. The zoo is managed by the Wildlife Conversation Society and boasts of numerous unique programs which aim to facilitate the natural instincts of the animals residing here. The most famous animals at the Bronx Zoo include lions, snow leopards, giraffes, cobras and monkeys.

04. The Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Canada


The Toronto Zoo opened in the year 1974 and is known to be the largest zoo in Canada. It covers an area of 710 acres and consists of 16000 animals which encompass 491 different species. The zoo offers tourists with a number of viewing platforms located at different levels to catch glimpses of the magnificent exhibits and it also takes part in a number of conservation programs which includes researching for a cure for a fungi which affects frogs and rescuing polar bears. The zoo is also known to be one of the largest recyclers of mobile phones in North America. Some of the most famous animals at the Toronto Zoo include polar bears, pygmy hippos, snow leopards, tigers and penguins.

03. The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is located in Pretoria and is known to have one of the most exotic tree collections in the continent, a massive collection of animals and a humongous aquarium. Spread over an area of 210 acres, the zoo is home to more than 9000 animals which encompass 705 different species. What makes the zoo so unique is that it is split into two different areas which caters to two different types of habitats. Both these areas are divided by the Apies River that flows through the zoo. One of the areas is relatively flat while the other is quite hilly. The most popular animals at the The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa include the marmosets, cheetahs, hippos, red pandas and tigers.

02. The San Diego Zoo, San Diego, USA


The San Diego Zoo is spread over 100 acres and is home to more than 650 different species of animals. It is known all over the world for its dedicated commitment to the protection and exhibition of rare animals from all over the world. The zoo is home to more than 3700 animals which also include a number of rare and endangered species. All animals are allowed to roam in their natural habitats and the zoo is also working on a program to breed the endangered giant pandas. The most famous aspect of the San Diego zoo is its Safari Park and an adoption program which allows any individual to adopt and support a particular animal at the zoo. The most famous animal exhibits at the San Diego Zoo include the tigers, sun bears, elephants, koalas, pandas and orangutans.

01. The Singapore Zoo, Singapore


The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens, is famous all over the world for its magnificent landscapes and an open concept design which separates the visitors and animals using a mixture of wet and dry moats. The zoo opened its doors in the year 1973 and has slowly risen to become one of the best zoos in the world. The Singapore Zoo is spread over an area of 69 acres and has a population of more than 2800 animals which represent more than 350 different species. It also allows animals to roam around in their natural habitats and also supports a number of conservation programs. One of the most famous programs run by the zoo is its breeding program which has nurtured a number of white rhinos, king cobras and orangutans. The most famous animals at the Singapore Zoo include seals, tigers, elephants, polar bears, tigers and orangutans.


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