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5 Best Zoos to Explore in the World – It’s a Jungle Out There!

If you are planning to head off to a zoo with your children once the lockdowns have cleared up, here is a list of the best zoos in the world that you can explore. They are child-friendly and educational. You can also see thousands of animals in a day and get to know more about endangered species.

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San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California

There are over 4,000 animals and 800 species living in the 100-acre area that makes up the San Diego Zoo. One of the most fascinating parts of the entire experience is the giant Elephant Odyssey exhibit which features both African and Asian elephants. Children can learn about the physical differences between the elephants as well as their distinct habits. When people discover famous zoos in the world for the first time, San Diego is where they visit.

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Tiergarten Schonbrunn – Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Zoo which is also known as Tiergarten Schonbrunn has been voted the best zoo in Europe five years in a row and you can learn more about it on websites the likes of My Entertainment Hub. There are 700 species housed in the zoo in Austria including giraffes, giant pandas and orangutans among the more endangered species. The Vienna Zoo's pair of giant pandas who were a gift from the People's Republic of China is the star attraction that garners many visitors and their interest in the zoo.

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The Singapore Zoo – Singapore

The Singapore Zoo is a marvel in itself. It is situated in the Mandai rainforest and has a comprehensive breeding program that has seen a lot of success in birth and survival rates in the recent years. The zoo experience is also very technologically advanced, and this makes it the perfect place to take your children for an interactive learning experience. The zoo has put in a lot of work in terms of wildlife conservation and biodiversity. There are many walkthroughs exhibits where you can get up close and personal with animals such as flying foxes and mouse deer in the Fragile Forest exhibit.

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St. Louis Zoo – St. Louis, Missouri

The St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, USA is one of the top free attractions in the US that has also a lot of merit in terms of education and conservation. The zoo is massive, being home to over 16,000 animals and receiving up to 3 million visitors every year. The complex is separated into six zones each of which houses a certain type of animal the likes of The Wild Zone where you will get to interact with gorillas, penguins and grizzly bears. There are also many endangered and rare species in the zoo.

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Wellington Zoo – Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand's very first zoo, the Wellington Zoo was first opened in 1906 by Prime Minister Richard Seddon. The zoo has come far since then, having gone through many renovations and improvements. Today, it mostly focuses on educating people about the importance of natural preservation. The zoo is spread out across 32 acres and is home to many species.