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The Worlds Best Zoos
Old 27-07-2009

I've Started this thread so us Zoochatter together, we can decied the top ten list of the worlds best zoos

you simpley contribute what you think are great zoological gardens, they can be Hardcore zoos, zoos that started as rescue centres (or centers if your American) Theme parks combined with zoos, anything!

Ill start with some

Chester zoo

Howletts

Port lympne

Taronga Zoo

Bronx Zoo

San diego Zoo

San Diego WAP

Miami Metro Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Busch Gardens Africa

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Night Safari

Disneys Animal Kingdom

with more to come

these are in no order.

They can be zoos you haven't visited either

so please contribute

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Old 27-07-2009

Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is typically considered a top 3 or so zoo in the U.S. depending on if places like DAK and SD WAP are considered zoos.

Woodland Park, Columbus, North Carolina, Brookfield, and St. Louis seem to be considered in the next class after the aforementioned ones in the states. Probably missing a couple there as well. Maybe Phoenix.
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Berlin Zoo
Berlin Tierpark
Prague Zoo
Rotterdam Zoo
Vienna Zoo

I would put these at the top in Europe

Then there's
Antwerp Zoo
Zurich Zoo
Leipzig Zoo (when Gondwanaland is ready they might move up)
Hagenbeck's Hamburg
ZooParc Des Beauval
Burgers' Zoo Arnhem

Close behind. Did i miss anything?
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Melbourne Zoo and Taronga are the only real contenders form Australia but Werribee Open Range Zoo is fantastic for naturlistic exhibits and Healesville Sanctuary and Currumbin Sanctuary are the 2 best Native Zoos.
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Old 27-07-2009

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Close behind. Did i miss anything?
Yes

IMO:
Munchen zoo
Bioparc Valencia
Parc Paradisio
Bioparc zoo de Doue

I would leave out Hamburg and Antwerp
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zoo de barcelona, Madrid zoo aquarium
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Best zoo again?
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Here's an article that does a pretty good job of listing the best:
The World's Best Zoos - ForbesTraveler.com

Hey, I was quoted from in the article!!
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Here's an article that does a pretty good job of listing the best:
The World's Best Zoos - ForbesTraveler.com

Hey, I was quoted from in the article!!
As I said in another thread, I'm not sure how seriously that list can be taken when it has the National Zoo and Toronto Zoo listed, neither of which are considered great. I haven't been to any of the overseas zoos listed, so not sure how worthy they are, although I've heard very good things about a couple of them.
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As I said in another thread, I'm not sure how seriously that list can be taken when it has the National Zoo and Toronto Zoo listed, neither of which are considered great. I haven't been to any of the overseas zoos listed, so not sure how worthy they are, although I've heard very good things about a couple of them.
I usually tend to agree with you, mweb08, but this time I'll slightly disagree with you. I've always heard of Toronto raved about as one of the Continent's very best zoos. When SnowLeopard panned it, that was the first time I'd ever heard anyone dislike it. It certainly is a huge zoo with an enormous collection and some animals that are rarely seen anywhere else in North America (ie, wisents, Barbary apes, etc.). As for the National Zoo, I'd probably agree that it's not among the 15 best in the world, but I do put it among the 15 best in the USA. They have a great collection, giant pandas, and some terrific indoor animal houses.

So all in all, the Forbes article isn't a bad list of the "world's best". But on the other hand, I think you and I would agree that the biggest omission is .... Omaha! I also don't like the way the group the two Berlin zoos together, as well as grouping the San Diego zoos together.
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I usually tend to agree with you, mweb08, but this time I'll slightly disagree with you. I've always heard of Toronto raved about as one of the Continent's very best zoos. When SnowLeopard panned it, that was the first time I'd ever heard anyone dislike it. It certainly is a huge zoo with an enormous collection and some animals that are rarely seen anywhere else in North America (ie, wisents, Barbary apes, etc.). As for the National Zoo, I'd probably agree that it's not among the 15 best in the world, but I do put it among the 15 best in the USA. They have a great collection, giant pandas, and some terrific indoor animal houses.

So all in all, the Forbes article isn't a bad list of the "world's best". But on the other hand, I think you and I would agree that the biggest omission is .... Omaha! I also don't like the way the group the two Berlin zoos together, as well as grouping the San Diego zoos together.
I'm not saying Toronto or DC are poor zoos. I just don't think either are considered elite. I went to the National Zoo just last week, and it's a good zoo, but I don't see how it can be listed in a worlds best list, or in the top 4 US zoos(counting DAK). Was that in order? If so, that makes it way worse.

How good this list is depends a lot on how credible the selections of the overseas zoos are, which I can't really analyze.

Yes, Omaha probably should have been on the list, certainly over DC and Toronto, but it's difficult for me to say what should be on the list beyond some obvious ones since I don't know much about foreign zoos. I just know that there's no reason for DC to be on the list, and I don't see much of a case for Toronto either.
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Was that in order? If so, that makes it way worse.
How good this list is depends a lot on how credible the selections of the overseas zoos are, which I can't really analyze.
No, I think the list was in alphabetical order. As for the foreign (non-USA) zoos, I've been to 5 of them (Berlin, Chester, Prague, Vienna, and of course Toronto) and all of the others are great! Even those that I haven't been to (Basel, Pretoria, Taronga, Ueno, Singapore) are zoos that I've heard nothing but great things about. The only zoo that was a surprise to me was France's Beuval -- only because it's a relatively new zoo. If you go to their website, they indeed appear to be a very impressive zoo too.
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Old 31-07-2009

If Toronto is such a great zoo, then why has there been article after article online talking about a $250 million overhaul of the grounds? The animal collection is vast, but many of the pavilions are badly outdated with small animal enclosures, and in terms of truly world class exhibits there are exactly zero. Maybe the African Savanna? That area of the zoo is quite nice, but for an exhibit person such as myself I think that the Calgary Zoo is even better, and there are at least 30 zoos just in North America that are better than Toronto. The National Zoo has the brilliant "Asia Trail" area, "Amazonia", giant pandas and is much better than the Toronto Zoo, but neither are in the top 10 in North America.
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Old 01-08-2009

Well the new tundra exhibit looks like it could be really good, but if the zoo isn't as good as the National Zoo, than yeah, it's a total joke for it to be on this list.
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Old 02-08-2009

Tiergarten Schönbrun Vienna for the beautyfull exhibits and architecture and a very nice collection.

Burgers Zoo for its ecodisplays, biggest rainforest, biggest desert in the world with a roof. Also Burgers Ocean and they have a very nice collection of animals and plants(biggest mangroveplant collection outside the mangroves)
 


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