While exploring the exhibits that house the zoo's 170 species, be sure to pet the wallabies, greet the orangutans and feed lettuce to the friendly giraffes. Weekends are especially crowded, so the best way to see this can't-miss attraction is to splurge on a premium zoo experience, such as an early morning breakfast with pandas followed by a property tour.
Save money by going on a Wednesday (when the entrance fee is any amount you wish to donate), bringing food and buying a Metro-North Railroad Getaway Package. Families can take advantage of free facilities like a lagoon and an aquarium or pay for special experiences like train rides, zip lining and giraffe feedings.
For a unique zoo adventure, join a guided kayak tour to see Expedition Africa's rhinos and lemurs from the water. The year-round facility features exhibits with red pandas, primates, hippos, penguins and more, plus a 4D movie theater, a carousel and a railroad, among other amenities.
The zoo's naturalistic habitats range from an African savanna to rainforests for South American creatures to a sand-floored barn where zookeepers bury food and toys for elephants. Board the monorail for a guided Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari past a waterfall and five exhibits that are not otherwise accessible.
Or, participate in an evening Family Safari Night Hike, which is available on select days and costs $20 per person for visitors ages 5 and older. For 60 years, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has grown from a brewery and bird park to a major fixture encompassing thrill rides, live shows, animal exhibits and expert veterinary care.
At this Tampa attraction, travelers have access to an array of animal encounters, including the 30-minute Serengeti Safari, which allows visitors 5 and older to hand-feed giraffes from open-air vehicles. Fans of “The Wildlife Docs” series on The CW won't want to miss the 45-minute Animal Care Center walking tour.
This $29 per person experience includes watching park animals receive wellness exams and interacting with the zoo's veterinarians. The Wilds were founded in 1984 when the Central Ohio Coal Company gifted nearly 10,000 acres of surface-mined land to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Zookeeper and TV host Jack Hanna helped develop the plot of land roughly 75 miles southeast of downtown Columbus into a large educational preserve that complements the main zoo. Adults can prolong their stays by reserving private yurts at the Nomad Ridge camp, where binoculars are available to watch passing animals like rhinos and red-tailed hawks.
In the Louisiana Swamp exhibit, visitors will learn how Cajuns used Native American conservation techniques to create a unique culture and cuisine in a swampy environment. The petting zoo gives little ones the chance to interact with zebus (miniature cows) and giant Algebra tortoises in an African farm setting, while the five-story treehouse at Monkey Hill (New Orleans tallest point) is a great place to burn off some energy.
While exploring this Rapid City attraction from late April through November, you may encounter black bears crossing the road and mountain lions, buffaloes, elk and reindeer roaming in fields. Before leaving, stretch your legs in the Wildlife Walk area, which features a gift shop and is lined with educational exhibits about foxes, skunks and other small mammals.
Native California desert plants line well-marked hiking trails that overlook Eisenhower Peak and the Coachella Valley, while African baobabs, triangle palms and elephant trees grow in the Madagascar Garden. The zoo also offers educational camel rides, reptile encounters and an endangered species-themed carousel, though some amenities and activities are only available during select months.
Big Cat Crossing, one of five Zoo360 trails, features an overhead mesh bridge for lions, pumas, jaguars and more. Standard admission costs $28 to $37 per person and includes entry to the walk-through Safari World amusement park, with animal presentations, bird and giraffe feedings, a petting zoo, a water playground and more.
And if you don't feel like trekking 21 miles east to a hotel in central West Palm Beach, you can pitch a tent at the on-site GOA campground. Designated areas include an Alaska-inspired region with everything from brown bears to porcupines, a water-filled habitat for Peruvian penguins and a tropical rainforest where jaguars live alongside frogs and birds.
At the city's Safari West nature preserve, which sits less than 28 miles northwest of Sonoma, visitors can get an up-close look at nearly 1,000 animals from 90-plus species. The nearly 100-acre Tucson facility uses invisible fencing in animal habitats, including those for endangered species like Mexican gray wolves and thick-billed parrots.
At this wildlife park in downtown Indianapolis, visitors can interact with approximately 1,400 animals while exploring the gardenlike setting and attending a number of special events. Can't-miss exhibits include Oceans (an aquatic area with an underwater dolphin-viewing dome) and the Simon Skoda International Orangutan Center.
Travelers can watch native Alaskan creatures like rare snow leopards, moose and other Arctic species roam the wooded, hilly landscape of Anchorage. On a chilly Midwestern day, visitors can stay warm while observing otters, monkeys and more in the zoo's Tropical World area.
Travelers can also head to the Living Coast exhibit to check out aquatic animals like sharks and Humboldt penguins. As part of the nonprofit Chicago Zoological Society, the zoo uses a portion of entrance fees to support various global conservation projects, including youth leadership training in Botswana and dolphin tagging in Brazil.
The zoo's busy social calendar includes various conservation fundraisers, such as Pints for Pangolins, Wine for Rhinos and Beers for Bears. Another must-visit exhibit is The Edge, where you can see Amur tigers walking across overhead bridges and from a viewing area with a perforated wall.
Visitors can use an animal map to navigate the park's dirt roads on foot or ride the complimentary shuttle, which stops in four areas. Watch zookeepers prepare special diets, get an up-close look at various critters (during select months) or explore the Enrichment Playground, which is filled with toys similar to those used by the property's animals.
You'll find the action-packed Hermann Memorial Park, where the zoo resides, easy to reach by Eurorail's Red Line from downtown Houston. The African savanna is not to be missed with its giraffes, zebras and gazelles, and the sea lion shows are always a hit.
It houses more than 1,100 animals representing nearly 200 species, including everything from penguins and polar bears to gorillas and big cats. This family-friendly attraction in Chicago also boasts a popular children’s zoo, sea lion pool and birdhouse.
Not only does it offer a wide range of activities for the whole family (such as face paintings like animals), but it also stands out from the rest with eco-friendly operations and natural habitats. At Predator Ridge, listen to the roar of a lion, while Northern Shores offers the chance to watch polar bears play and Primate Panorama features the always curious orangutans.
The zoo also includes the Pioneer Train for a fun ride around Flamingo Lake and Carousel Meadow. It helps to advance conservation action and inspire caring for nature by connecting visitors with wildlife and features seven main sections, including the Primate Discovery Center, the African Region, Cat Kingdom, South America, Bear Country, Outback Trail and a great Children’s Zoo.
Visitors can get up close to all sorts of other creatures too, with everything from the African hedgehog and Visayans warty pigs to rhinos, monkeys, sea lions, polar bears, penguins and tigers. The Temperate Forest is home to red pandas and Kunekune pigs, while the Adaptations Building features animals like sloths, Indian flying foxes and markets.
There are plenty of immersive experiences and special events like Brew at the Zoo for enjoying the animals with beer tastings and behind-the-scenes tours to help support conservation efforts. That includes its beloved giant pandas as well as Asian and African elephants, gorillas, orangutans, polar bears, and tigers.
Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at zoo life with the “Keeper for the Day” program, and ride the Safari aerial tram for a birds-eye view of all the habitats too. It’s truly one of the best, not only featuring a highly-acclaimed aquarium that includes a 100,000-gallon coral reef tank with colorful tropical fish, but a Congo habitat housing gorillas, bonobos and mandrills as well as the Animal Encounter Village.
While some can be important centers of research and conservation, others make headlines for less than satisfactory animal conditions. The most popular exhibits of the Beijing Zoo include the species that are endemic to the nation of mainland China, such as Giant pandas, Chinese giant salamanders, Chinese alligators, South China tigers, Tibetan gazelles, kings, and others.
These include Giant pandas, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, and African lions. Berlin Zoological Garden was founded by the Prussian King Frederick William IV, and formally opened operations for the first time in 1844.
World War II had a devastating impact on the zoo, killing most of the animals, with only 91 surviving the bloody conflict. The aquarium at the zoo exhibits unique and elusive aquatic species as well, including piranhas, sharks, and fish, with many of the latter belonging to coral reef ecosystems.
They thrive within their suitably recreated habitats, ranging from the African grasslands to the tropical rainforests of Asia. The Congo Gorilla Forest, with its animal feeding and species demonstration sessions, is one of the most popular attractions to be found at the Bronx Zoo.
The most popular attraction at the zoo includes the habitat there recreating a large watering hole akin to those on the African Savannah. This award-winning zoo, situated a mere 12-minute ferry ride away from Tonga Quay, houses over 4,000 animals.
Australian native wildlife species, including kangaroos and koalas, call this zoo their home, alongside many imported animals as well. Tonga admissions tickets fees include talks conducted by its zookeepers, as well as a ride on Sydney’s only cable car, the Sky Safari, and various forms of entertainment.
More than 500 species live at Targaryen, with Siberian tigers, hippos, pandas, and rhinos being at the top of most people’s watch lists. Currently, the North of England Zoological Society, an organization financed by charitable funding, operates this zoo.
Such animal-themed areas as the Spirit of the Jaguar, the Realm of the Red Ape, the Save Rhino Experience, the Chimpanzee Breeding Center, and the Somali National Park Painted Dogs Conserve are some of the most prominent exhibits of this zoo. The zoo is divided into 11 ecological zones, with recreated habitats to house the respective species of each region.
The Fragile Forest (mimicking the rainforest habitat), the Frozen Tundra (housing the polar bear and other Arctic species), the Primate Kingdom (with its 39 primates on their own, separate islands) and the Reptile Garden (housing giant tortoises, Komodo dragons, and venomous snakes) are some premiere attractions of this spectacular Asian zoo. The zoo is an ideal venue for family visits, with special programs geared just for children.
The zoo occupies an area of 100 acres within the city’s Balboa Park, itself lying nestled amidst a picturesque landscape of hills and canyons. The zoo serves as the breeding grounds for a number of exotic species, including koalas, tigers, gorillas, giraffes, bonobos, Galápagos tortoises, and others.