Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"The Top Best Zoos In The world and wild life history"

 "The Top Best Zoos In The world"

As a child, I loved visiting the zoo. The world’s most incredible species all gathered into one location for our viewing pleasure. As I grew up, the novelty wore off as I began viewing animals as innocent victims that had been plucked from their natural habitats, but that opinion soon changed as well.

Today’s zoos have evolved and are much more sophisticated than the ones I visited more than 20 years ago. They’re developed to resemble the natural habitats of each animal, allowing them to roam, mate, and feed as they would have anywhere else in the world. The world is full of zoos, and we’ve searched each continent for the best (for both you and the animals)!

10. Animal Kingdom, Orlando-

Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is part of the Disney Theme Park collection in Orlando, Florida. While it’s obviously a commercial zoo, the zookeepers do their best to make sure each animal feels as though he is in a realistic habitat, with plenty of space and as little human distraction as possible. The goal is to make sure that the park promotes conservation as much as possible. Animal Kingdom is home to over 1,500 exotic animals, plus hundreds of fish and bird species!

9. Basel Zoo, Switzerland-

Cheetahs at the Basel Zoo

Basel Zoo in Switzerland was opened in 1874, allowing it to rank as one of the oldest zoos in operation today. The zoo is, in fact, the second most visited attraction in all of Switzerland. There are more than 6,000 animals in this popular Swiss destination, including Somolian wild donkeys and dwarf hippopotami!

8. Beauval Zoo, France-

White Tigers at Beauval Zoo

The Beauval Zoo in France originally opened in 1980 as an aviary, housing over 2,000 species of birds alone. It wasn’t until over 10 years later when other animals were introduced to the habitat and the zoo has since grown to over 4,000 animals. Favorites include the zoo’s two white tigers, known as Gorby and Raisa; and the pair of twin manatees, known as Quito and Luna. Make sure you stop by and say hello when you visit!

7. Bronx Zoo, New York-

Baboons at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo in New York is the largest zoo you’ll find in a metropolitan location in the United States. The park itself takes up over 250 acres of land and includes a number of endangered and rare species in its collection of over 4,000 animals. Stop by Tiger Mountain to meet the Siberian tigers, visit the stunning 6.5 acre Congo Gorilla Forest for an African safari adventure, or visit Madagascar to meet the lemurs and hissing cockroaches!

6. National Zoological Gardens of South Africa-

Pretoria Zoo

Located in Pretoria, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa leaves nothing to the imagination. As the largest zoo in South Africa, it houses over 2,500 species of animals. Incredibly, most of the animals at the zoo today were bred and born there. The zoo also features a reptile park, the largest aquarium in the entire country, and an extensive collection of exotic trees!

5. Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany-

Elephant Gate at the Berlin Zoo

The Berlin Zoological Garden in Germany originally opened in 1844. It is considered a historical landmark because it survived World War II and was then rebuilt to a better state of existence. Even architects will enjoy the incredible structures contained within the zoos walls! The Berlin Zoo is acknowledged around the world because of the rare species it contains and because it successfully breeds animals on a regular basis.

4. Schonbrunner Zoo, Austria-

The Polar Bear Cubs at the Vienna Zoo

The Schonbrunner Zoo in Vienna, Austria was founded in 1792, making it the oldest zoo in the world. Be sure to visit the Rainforest house and Artic Polarium while you’re there. The most entertaining exhibit at the zoo right now is the home of the polar bears. The mother bear had two beautiful cubs in late November of 2007. She brought them outdoors for the first time in March of 2008. If you’re lucky, she’ll bring them outside while you’re there!

3. Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, DC-

Bald Eagle at Smithsonian Zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington DC has rightfully earned the title of the country’s National Zoo. The zoo can be found in Rock Creek Park and houses over 400 species totaling at least 2,000 animals. The coolest thing about the zoo is that regular admission is free. One of the most exciting features is the Snore and Roar tour – it involves a night-time tour of the zoo and a camp-out – if you dare!

2. Toronto Zoo-

Toad at the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo also ranks amongst the largest in the world, spanning over 700 acres and housing over 5,000 animals! Did you know that 2008 is the year of the frog? Zoos around the world are participating in an effort to increase awareness about the dangers threatening amphibians. The Toronto Zoo has dozens of activities planned throughout the entire year in honor of the frog and his friends!

1. Singapore Zoo-

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is famous for their incredible landscape design, with habitats simulating life in the wild for each of their animal species. The zoo features dozens of fun and unique attractions, including the famous Jungle Breakfast! Enjoy your breakfast with the animals in the distance. You may get to feed the elephants, but more often than not you’ll find yourself entertained by the orangutans as they mingle throughout the crowd!

Any of these zoos is sure to promise you an educational and exciting experience. Pack your bags and hit the road – you’ll want to explore as many of these zoos as you can!

Everyone has their own opinion as to what is the best zoo in the world, their first choice or favourite zoo. It will depend on what you want out of a visit.

The Best Zoo in The World-

Everyone has their own opinion as to what is the best zoo in the world, their first choice or favourite zoo. It will depend on what you want out of a visit. A fancy restaurant, to be entertained, your favourite animals, to actually learn something, or just to generally have a good day out. I suppose for some, it is none of these. Zoos are a personal thing.

My Zoo Visits-

I am a zoo professional. I have worked in zoos for the past 40 years in positions ranging from keeper to curator. I like zoos. I like good zoos.

Since May 2005 I have visited in excess of 186 zoos in Europe, Arabia, S.E. Asia and China, some of these several times. In my life I have probably visited double that number. I am not a zoo 'nut', and am aware of several people who have visited zoological collections that number in the thousands. Some are species spotters others collect guidebooks, take photo's or just tally their numbers upwards.

I am a zoo biologist. I am interested in all aspects of zoo management from cage design, records systems, enrichment, staffing, breeding programmes, cleaning, diets, paint, space provided, signage, public amenities and much much more. I look at the zoo as a whole. Through many years working in zoos I can 'read' cages. I can see behind the mask and pick up on many aspects which would be invisible to the average...and more than average zoo visitor. In a strange way it is the not the animals for me, it is their care and husbandry that matters most. I don't agree with the maintenance or hybrids like Ligers and Tigons or White Tigers. Collections who keep such as these have either lost the plot altogether or are in danger of doing so.

Arabian Oryx-

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Why Zoo's-

Why Zoo's? Why are their zoos today? Sometimes I ask that question myself. I have seen some absolutely atrocious collections and the worst sort of commercial exploitation. I hate it. Sadly Zoos tend to be lumped together in one basket with no distinction made as to what is good or what is bad. I make a concious effort to change the bad to good. In consideration of cultural or other differences my efforts are usually subtle ones. I have no massive charitable back up. I am nonetheless pleased to be able to make some changes, sometimes, along the way.

The modern GOOD zoo must fulfill the following criteria:

3 Jul 2007 ... The San Diego Zoo claims to be the biggest zoo,but I did research ... The museum of natural history is supposed to be the biggest zoo. ...

Zoos and aquariums - America's Best. Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Epcot Center, The Living Seas, National Aquarium, San Diego Wild Animal Park,

Prague Zoological garden is said to be one of the best in Europe and could easily keep your kids busy for one entire day.

29 Jul 2005 ... Yes, you can contribute your own reviews to this world zoo guide. .... For the Best in Zoo News and Serious Comment - Check out

The mysterious deaths of several animals at Kiev Zoo have sparked outrage, with critics accusing the zoo's management of neglect this condition.

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What's Killing the Animals at Ukraine's Biggest Zoo?

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According to animal-rights activists, the number of animals at Kiev Zoo has almost halved in the past two years; they accuse the zoo's authorities of shoddy management, corruption and neglect. The claims stretch into city hall, with critics charging city officials of carrying out shady schemes to privatize the land on which the zoo is located in the center of the capital. The zoo's management denies the allegations, as do city officials.

Many of the complaints focus on zoo director Svitlana Berzina. Critics accuse her and her associates of taking kickbacks and leaving the animals uncared for. Andriy Kapustin, head of the Expert Council, a civic organization chronicling animal-welfare violations at Kiev Zoo, described it as a "concentration camp" in a May 26 article he wrote for the weekly Levy Bereg. Berzina denies all accusations of corruption and says she has been exonerated by numerous investigations.

But activists and opposition politicians say the mayor — who appointed Berzina to run the zoo — is a big part of the problem. In his Levy Bereg article, Kapustin suggests the animal's deaths may be a ploy by city authorities, in cahoots with the zoo's management, to reduce the zoo's animal stock and provide an excuse to move the zoo from the "gold mine" that is the 84 acres of land it sits on. Opponents have long accused Chernovetskiy and his team of giving away tracts of land to family and associates in sweetheart deals. The council offices were raided in early July by the state security service as part of an investigation into irregular land deals. City hall declined to comment to TIME regarding the claims, although officials have publicly denied allegations of improper land privatizations.

Opposition lawmaker Kyrylo Kulykov says an investigative committee in Ukraine's parliament has been set up to look into the broader problem of land corruption in Kiev, but it hasn't started working yet because of "political games." "We are fighting with the whole state apparatus," says Hryhoryev, the activist. "None of this would have happened if there had been some kind of financial control [over zoo management]." Only when the rule of law is firmly established in Ukraine will the zoo's troubles end, he adds.

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