Can fostering wildlife be much more personified? Of course, the zoos listed here have been doing the same by conserving the rarest and endemic species across the globe at centric locations. Initially, with the user intentions, the first thing comes up as the largest or biggest zoos, is in terms of size. But, we have come up with the 10 biggest zoos around the world that emphasizes both on animal species count as well as the landscape. Let’s look at the most impressing zoos to get inspired to conserve wildlife for life.
0. Vandalur Zoo
Vandalur Zoo is considered India’s largest Zoo, located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Officially recognized as “Arignar Anna Zoological Park”, the zoo was opened in 1855. Over 1.7 million people are being attracted to the zoo annually. With an impressive area of 1,490 acres, the Vandalur Zoo beats all the zoos listed here in terms of area into consideration. The zoo houses for over 2,300 animals and contributes in persevering 46 endanger species along with other species of animals. With huge area to cross over, roaming around either with personal car or safari buses would be fun filled.
9. Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo, also recognized as “the Chicago Zoological Park” is located in Illinois. With an area of 216 acres, the zoo was opened in 1934. There are about 450 species and houses over 2300 animals. Unlike other zoo to keep all the animals in the cage, the Brookfield zoo has created a moat. These moats separate the visitors and the animals without having to put them inside the cage. The zoo is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society and owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.
8. San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo is a nonprofit zoo located in California, United States. The zoo homes for about 650 species comprising of over 3,700 animals. Opened in 1916, the zoo is renowned for breeding and successfully housing giant pandas. There are very few zoos in the world, which facilitate in preserving giant pandas. With a land cover of approx. 100 acres, the zoo is accounted for holding many awards since 1961. To make the tour at the park much more impressive, there is a facility called “the Skyfari” to give the aerial view of the zoo. Additionally, the safari bus service helps the tourists to move across the zoo to cover over 75% of the landscape.
7. Beijing Zoo
Beijing Zoo is home for an incredible animal count of 14,500 with 950 species counts. It is in Beijing, covering a landscape of 220 acres. Considered as the oldest zoo in China, it comes to light after being founded by the Qing dynasty in 1906. Some of the most endangered species reside here, that are endemic to respective geographical regions. Animals like red panda, Asian black bears, clouded leopards, Tibetan gazelle and many more, which seems to be very endangered are preserved at this location.
6. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of the largest parks in the world, located in the Bedfordshire, England. It is a beautiful zoo cum safari park, which is currently owned by the Zoological Society of London. Initially, the zoo was recognized as “Whipsnade Wild Animal Park”. The zoo is so big that walking and roaming across the area seems to be too tiring. People tend to normally take either zoo’s bus service or personal cars. With conserving animals of over 3,873 in an area of 600 acres, the zoo happens to be Europe’s largest wildlife conservation. Some of the rare animals like Rhino’s of Nepal, Red-necked Wallabies and more that are endangered in the wild is preserved here.
5. Bronx Zoo
Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo located in the New York City. There have been 2.15 million visitors annually. With land spread over to 265 acres, the zoo comprises of 650 species of animals. With animal count of about 4000, the zoo happens to host many award-winning competitions. The zoo was opened in 1899 and since there pilling up of animal reservation have been increasing drastically. Currently, the zoo is divided into integral part of four and out of which one of the aquarium is managed by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
4. Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a huge zoo located in Omaha, Nebraska. With reference from the travel media giant TripAdvisor, the zoo is considered as one of the best zoos in the world. Further, with record attendance of over 25 million visitors for the last 40 years, the zoo accounts as the top tourist attraction in Nebraska. The zoo holds a fantastic rating and reviews from visitors across the globe. The zoo interior environment can give a big-time bliss for your mind. With over 130 acres of land cover, the zoo consists of 962 species almost all unexpected animal varieties to come over.
3. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium covers an area of 580 acres of land to hold the third spot in the biggest zoos in the world. Located in north of the city of Columbus, the zoo runs as a non-profit. The zoo is much compatible for both adults and kids, which attracts annual population of over 2.3 million people. Opened in 1927, the zoo grabs about 7000 animal population constituting 800 species. The funding to the Columbus Zoo is assisted by even some of the private organization programs.
2. Berlin Zoological Garden
Berlin Zoological Garden happens to be the best zoo around the world, opened in 1844. With an area of just 86.5 acres, the zoo still grabs the second spot due to hosting of over 19,000 animals. The concentration of animal species is impressive with count of about 1,500. Additionally, the zoo happens to be the oldest in Germany. It is so popular around the world that it comprises of an annual visitor exceeding 3.5 million people. Further, the zoo as well attracts many universities and research institutes by collaborating with them.
1. Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo is considered as the largest zoo in the world, located in Canada. As well, the zoo is the biggest in Canada, which was opened in 1974. With an area of 710 acres, the zoo accommodates over 5000 animals. The collection of animals here is pretty much incredible with diverse combination. With fun combined with over 500 species of animals, the zoo features Kids play area, Splash Island and Waterside Theatre.
Something impressive to see that the zoo enlists a division based on the zoogeographic regions. Such as Indo-Malaya, Tundra, Trek, Australasia, Africa, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain. Now, each of these regions showcases the animals belonging to respective regions. A decade back the attendance here were accounted to be over 600,000 people annually. Further, today the zoo still impresses people across the globe of all age groups.