Zoos can get you closer to nature, introducing us to plants and animals that we would otherwise find difficult to encounter in everyday life.
However, visiting a zoo is a way to learn something new about nature and its living beings, but it is also a way to become aware of specific issues like the importance of conservation and species protection. Safeguarding them to avoid the risk of extinction, as well as the environmental education of the people who choose to visit you from a perspective of mutual respect. And then, let’s face it, visiting a zoo is pleasant for adults and children alike: the only requirement is to be curious.
In this article, we introduce you to the biggest and most beautiful zoos in the world, the ones that are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime, especially if you are in their vicinity.
Opened in 1970 by a couple of Australians, the Australian Zoo is a huge park, number one in our ranking of the world’s largest zoos. There is a wide variety of animal species, including elephants, tigers, crocodiles, and many bird specimens. Besides, next to the park, a treatment center has also been created to help some animals in their rehabilitation and reintegrate into the wild.
- Size: 400 hectares
- Location: Queensland, Australia
- Number of animals: 1,000
- Number of species: 120
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, also known as Dubbo Zoo, is located in New South Wales, Australia. Divided into different zones according to the origin of the animals present, the Taronga Zoo mainly hosts large specimens (such as elephants and antelopes). Thanks to the vastness of the land, the animals can freely move. In addition to the distribution by geographical areas, there is an area dedicated specifically to children, the Children’s Zoo.
- Size: 300 hectares
- Location: Dubbo, Australia
- Number of animals: 1,000
- Number of species: 97
It is Canada’s largest zoo, whose primary goal is to create environments that are as suitable as possible for the animals housed there. It participates in multiple collaborative projects with other zoos around the world concerning the protection of endangered species. In addition, it is renowned for its activities to reintegrate captive-bred species back into the wild. You can find here are giraffes, gorillas, giant pandas, nocturnal creatures, and Komodo dragons among the animals.
- Size: 287 hectares
- Location: Toronto, Canada
- Number of animals: more than 5,000
- Number of species: 460
Indira Gandhi Zoo
The largest and most beautiful zoo in India, and named after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, it was opened in 1977 It is located near the Kambalakonda Forest Reserve, the zoo is divided into several sections: the primate zone, the carnivore zone, and the reptile zone. The area dedicated to tropical birds is also very popular with visitors, where one can admire specimens of toucan, pink pelican, peacock, etc…
- Size: 253 hectares
- Location: India
- Number of animals: 850
- Number of species: 75
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Found in England, but near the town of Whipsnade, is the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, which is part of the Zoological Society of London (the other large park that is part of this group is Regent’s Park in London). The aim of this association, and therefore of the park itself, is to protect the animals and their natural habitat, so much so that they try to recreate as much as possible the conditions that the animals can also find in nature. Among the activities offered daily, we highlight the show with the sea lions and the Birds of the World near the aviaries.
- Size : : 242 hectares
- Location: Whipsnade, England
- Number of animals: 4,000
- Number of species: 187
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