Who doesn’t secretly wish to get up close, and personal with some of the most incredible, powerful, and beautiful wildlife species of the planet? The good news is, there are some amazing, larger than life zoos on the planet that ensure you get the best possible glimpses of these magnificent creatures. Not only that, these modern-day sanctuaries also serve in protecting endangered animals, educating visitors, and leading conservation efforts all around the world. What’s more, these wildlife homes are also some of the best places for some serious family-friendly fun!
In the list below, we have presented some of world’s largest zoos, where you and your kids can have a ball of a time.
1. Berlin Zoo
Area covered: 86.5 acres
Located in Berlin’s Tiergarten and established in 1844, the Berlin Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the entire world. Considered to be the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide, this zoo offers routine feedings and shows where you can see wolves, fur seals, King penguins, hippos, and Californian sea lions among other animals, happily chomping on their favourite grub.
All thanks to its two, world-famous occupants, Knut the polar bear and Bao Bao the giant panda, the Berlin Zoo is busy all year round.
2. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Area covered: 580 acres
Country: United States of America
Located in Delaware County, Ohio, and established in 1927, the Columbus Zoo has more than 10,000 animals. The zoo owes its reputation and popularity (it sees over 2.3 million visitors annually) in large parts to Jack Hanna, its legendary zoo keeper & TV personality, who helped bring the topic of conservation in the global limelight. The zoo is divided into 8 different regions of the world, each housing animals famous from that particular region.
The Columbus zoo has a big global impact; contributing 4 million dollars every year to conservation efforts around the world and operating a 10,000-acre conservation centre.
3. The Toronto Zoo
Area covered: 710 Acres
Located in Toronto, Ontario, and established in 1966, the Toronto zoo is recognized as having one of the most taxonomically diverse collection of animals on display of any zoo in the world. The zoo has creatively titled zones such as Giant Panda Experience, Tundra Trek, Gorilla Rainforest, Indomalaya, and African Savanna that takes visitors on a wonderful journey across the varied wildlife zones of the world.
The newest sensation of the zoo is an adorable Indian rhino calf called “Nandu”. Just 9 months old, Nandu is already attracting a sizeable fan following!
4. The Beijing Zoo
Area covered: 219 Acres
Located in the Xicheng district, Beijing, and established in 1906 by the late Qing dynasty, the Beijing Zoo is home to over 14,500 animals. The zoo serves as a home to some of the rarest animals endemic in China, such as the golden snub-nosed monkey, South China tiger, white-lipped deer, Pere David’s deer, crested ibis, Chinese alligator, and the Chinese giant salamander. The zoo also has the biggest aquarium in China, where you can see belugas, dolphins, sea lions, and other diverse varieties of fishes.
The stars of the zoo are undoubtedly the resident, endangered red giant pandas.
5. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Area covered: 130 acres
Country: United States of America
Located in Omaha, Nebraska, and established in 1894, the Henry Doorly zoo was rated the best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor in 2014. This 120-year-old zoo has a lot of unique attractions to its name such as Kingdoms of the Night – the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor swamp, Lied Jungle – the world’s largest indoor rainforest, and Desert Dome – the world’s largest indoor desert.
It is highly recommended to take backstage passes for your favourite area here and experience the wild nature like never before.
*Some honorable mentions include Moscow zoo, National Zoological Gardens of Republic of South Africa, Bronx zoo, and San Diego zoo.