They even offer a boat ride to take you past several land and aquatic animals to give you a firsthand experience with these magnificent beasts. The penguins rest against a rocky outcropping for a natural effect, while the polar bear exhibit boasts three different viewing levels, so you can see them wherever they are.
This zoo has an entire enclosure dedicated to family pets like turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, and so much more. The Desert House is completely devoted to reptiles, birds, and a variety of plants that will leave your mouth watering as you imagine what a great exhibit it would make in your very own zoo.
You could dive into Indonesia, China, or even the Tundra as you travel through temples and learn about worldly cultures in a single zoo. The coolest feature for guest viewing is the hanging bridge that is suspended over tons of greenery that will set your heart on fire.
You can watch as these flightless birds zip through the water with ease or hop around on the rocky beach that was made for them. The orangutan exhibit has a ton of ropes delicately designed for superb play, which will make any virtual child's day.
You won't be disappointed as this zoo jumpstarts your creative juices and has you creating things you never knew you were capable of making. They also have an awesome walk that takes you through the seal exhibit, as well as a large elephant and giraffe enclosure that gives you the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures from every angle.
It should also be noted that the Mongolian Steppe Exhibit showcases a wide variety of animals uniquely, as camels and cattle are allowed to roam the waterways and alternate terrain at will. The wetland area is also unique, as it literally places you in waterways and transports you through a variety of slatted walkways.
This is something you will have to have in your zoo and with a little ingenuity and creative thinking, you might even be able to make it bigger and better than they predict the construction project to be in real life. Florida is known for their gators and this zoo doesn't disappoint as the Everglades exhibit has a glass tunnel where these aquatic predators can swim directly over you.
It also features several open field designs for their exhibits, so instead of playing up the decor, their primary focus is on the animals and their happiness in terms of surface area in their enclosure. She enjoys starting fires in her kitchen and collecting pins when she's not writing for Valet, Inc, as an Organic List Writer.
It was recently a part of the community challenge so many players had fun working toward the common goal of breeding and releasing these monsters back into the wild. Guests love the power it has in its trunk, and it helps that there are up to fifteen in a single habitat.
They will also breed until they die and their relationships are not monogamous, so you are sure to have a few little elephants joining the herd before too long. They are native to an Island called Borneo, and the game hopes to educate you about them by giving them a high guest rating of 6,600 to 7,000.
They are fun to watch in the game as well as they climb the apparatuses you put up and entertain guests with their unique behaviors. This critically endangered species is another popular animal in the game as it receives average ratings of 6,800 to 7,000.
It is important to raise awareness about them as poachers and habitat destruction ruin their way of life. The only problem with this species is that their food costs quite a bit of money, so make sure to watch your finances the more lions you obtain.
The Indian Elephant was a very close pick for fourth place in the most popular animal competition, but it came up a little short with an average rating of 6,300 to 7,000. We guess this makes up for the lack of reputation in a way, and it's a great way to quickly earn conservation credits, but overall they are considered a bust.
It seems they are always growing ill at the slightest disease risk and every time you look, one of the females is giving birth to more offspring. You have to monitor them closely, and it can be quite a hassle in bigger zoos where more reputable animals need your care.
They are great for starting a zoo, but once you have successfully hit the ground running, it is best to sell these creatures off. The Common Warthog might be one of the least popular animals among guests, but they are great for players starting a new zoo.
They are not pretty to look at and their habitat definitely smells, but their offspring are worth a decent amount of conservation credits. The Okapi does reproduce every 16 months, but their stress levels tend to be higher as they are shy, which could cause you some issues down the road.
She enjoys starting fires in her kitchen and collecting pins when she's not writing for Valet, Inc, as an Organic List Writer. Narrowing down a list of the best zoos in the US is tricky, especially given that there are over 300 officially recognized zoos in the United States.
Instead of stirring up controversy by trying to label the best zoo out there, I’m instead going to show you a list of my favorites. I’ve scrounged through dozens of travel blogs and took note of their most-recommended zoos in the US, adding some that I personally love.
Popular for: The zoo’s work in taking care of many rare and endangered animals Number of Animals: 17,000 animals across 962 species Must-visit: Don’t miss the famous Desert Dome (where you’ll experience authentic desert ecosystem indoors under the most spectacular-looking dome), The Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, and Kingdom of the Night (a massive indoor swamp). For Kids: Aside from the Children’s Adventure Trails exhibit, your kids will talk about Henry Poorly Zoo for ages if you join the sleeping bag safaris and spend overnight at the zoo.
Animal Interaction: Feed lettuce to giraffes, or visit the separate petting zoo to hug some goats. But after 2 decades of stay in San Diego, the giant pandas had to go back to China.
His “baby mother” Bad Run and their teenager-bear Ciao Lieu went home next in April 2019. Popular for: Pioneered the concept of open-air, cage-less exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats, and a zoo that successfully bred Giant Pandas to prevent them from extinction.
Number of Animals: Over 3,500 animals across 800+ species Must-visit: Koalas and kangaroos in Outback, Polar Bear Plunge in Northern Frontier, Elephant Odyssey, gorillas in Lost Forest, penguins at Conrad Preys Africa Rocks, as well as pretty flamingos and otters in Lost Forest. For Kids: Check out the outdoor playground called ‘Discovery Outpost’ and the Petting Paddock to be able to pet some sheep, goats, pigs and other farm animals.
Tickets: Admission fees go from $48 to $60, depending on the type of passes. Popular for: Being the first indoor, multi-species exhibit (the Tropic World), which houses animals from three continents.
Number of Animals: 2,300 animals Must-visit: Check out the spider monkeys at the South American area, impressive variety of endangered snow leopards, African lions, Amur leopards at “Big Cats,” and free-flying Rodriquez fruit bats, kangaroos and more at the Australia House. Animal Interaction: Hamill Family Wild Encounters is free from November 2019 to end of February 2020, so take advantage of hands-on feeding of animals like goats, parakeets, reindeer, alpacas, llamas, pandas, wallabies, and more.
Not only is this one of the best zoos in the US, this 265-acre attraction is also the country’s largest urban zoo and one of the oldest, having been open to the public since 1899. Number of Animals: 1,300 animals from 340+ species Must-visit: Many endangered animals housed at The Rare Animal Conservation Center, birds from Africa and the Pacific at the McNeil Avian Center, wild cats like African lions, Siberian tigers, Amur leopards, and snow leopards at the Key bank Big Cat Falls, and Humboldt penguins at the Penguin Point.
There’s also a play area (called Meerut Mat Maze) at the wild hog section. For bigger kids, go on a scavenger hunt (Philadelphia zoo always has one ready).
Animal Interaction: The guided walking tour Behind-the-Scenes (BTS) lets you interact with giant tortoise, giant river otter, giraffes, the hippos, Humboldt penguins, white rhinos, and some big cats like lions, pumas, leopards, jaguars and tigers. Its ranking as the best zoos in the US may be debatable, but its title as the largest zoo in the country isn’t.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is so massive (at 588 acres) that it features a 22-acre Zambezi Bay water park, 18-hole Safari Golf Club, summer campgrounds, a theme park, and a ton of other activities. Popular for: Former zoo director “Jungle Jack” Hanna, who was a famous animal-expert guest on Letterman, Larry David, Good Morning America, and others news/talk show circuits.
He was responsible for transforming the caged enclosures into habitat environments and conservation/preservation of many near-extinct animals during his tenure at the zoo (from 1978 to 1992). Hanna may not be zoo director anymore, but he is still around providing educational programs throughout the year.
Number of Animals: 9,000 animals representing over 800 species from around the globe Must-visit: Congo Expedition African Forest, North America’s Bear Exhibit section and the newly-constructed Adventure Cove (where you’ll find the Life Support System building and new Animal Encounters Village). The plane located at the Africa exhibit will also be a favorite for kids of all ages.
Animal Interaction: Walk up close to the kangaroos and koala bears when you visit the Australian section, or feed giraffes near the observation deck. This 500-acre attraction is a zoological theme park divided into 7 areas, including Africa, Asia, Camp Minnie-Mickey and Dino Land USA.
Popular for: A mix of Disney musical shows, our favorite characters, exotic animals, and theme-park features in one. If you’re still here by nighttime, be awe-inspired by the ‘Tree of Life Awakenings’ and ‘ Rivers of Light Dessert Party’.
Number of Animals: 1,800 animals of 300 different species Must-visit: Great Cats on Lion and Tiger Hill, Amazonia, The Cheetah Conservation Station, The Reptile Discovery Center, The Great Ape House and Elephant Trails are some must-see exhibits. Number of Animals: 1900 animals from over 500 species Must-visit: Aside from the Africa exhibit, the awesome historical structures around the zoo (like the Elephant House and Reptile House), don’t forget to pass by Fiona the hippopotamus, the first hippo born at the zoo in 75 years and went viral for being born premature and slowly grown healthier in front of the world’s eyes.
Instead, start small and simple, with animals like ostriches, warthogs, and tortoises, which are all easy to maintain and will earn you Conservation Credits, and money to build more things in your zoo to bring in even more guests. Instead, turn your acquired critters into your breeding pair, and set their offspring lose to the wild for Credits instead.
Make sure you place enough Planet donation boxes for your guests to appreciate you, and boost your zoo's revenue funds. (Image credit: Frontier)Although Planet caretakers and vets are obviously important, it's the keepers and mechanics that will keep your critters safe, fed, clean, and happy.
You can then have enough to get your zoo up and running, trading in the smaller animals, which will earn you enough money through guests to fund the other staff facilities a little later. (Image credit: Frontier Developments)If you have happy critters, they're going to start making some of their own to add to your zoo.
That's obviously a great thing because a) baby animals are the cutest b) they can be raised and released into the wild for Conservation Coins and zoo reputation and c) pull in more guests. If you have more than one male adult animal per enclosure they'll start fighting for alpha status, which means injuries, vet bills, and unhappy guests.
(Image credit: Frontier)If you're struggling to keep a Planet population at a manageable state, then don't be afraid to add some contraceptives to your animals' dinner. (Image credit: Frontier)If you don't want to be that creative yourself when it comes to building a zoo from scratch, you can root through the Planet Steam Workshop blueprints to discover what the community has already created.