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Old 11-07-2008

Hi everyone, I was thinking about the largest zoo collections, as in the zoos with the most number of species. I know Berlin Zoo is the first with about 1500 species. Does anyone know a few?
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San Diego has got to be up there with the leaders, when it comes to the number of species.
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Yep, San Diego has 897 species.
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When You also count in historical husbandries (as You seem to do, regarding Your behaviour in another thread...), I would also mention

-Bronx Zoo
-Frankfurt
-Duisburg
-Hamburg
-Vogelpark Walsrode
-London
-Antwerp
-Rotterdam
-Naples
-Cincinnati
-Paris (at least one of them)
-Jurong
-Dallas Aquarium
-Poznan

...and maybe other zoos like Hannover, Stuttgart etc. If You look at the old records, You know what I mean. Although not all the species mentioned there have been kept in the particular zoo at the same time, the numbers of species that have at least once been kept, especially in certain "rarity collections" like in Frankfurt or Duisburg are highly impressive.

In terms of current collections, besides the already mentioned zoos of Berlin (where the amount of species kept was even far more impressive in the times of Lutz Heck or Dathe, resp.), I would also list the Shedd Aquarium, Moscow and Pilsen Zoo and Al Wabra Wildlife Reserve.

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The Berlin Tierpark has one of the biggest collection in europe, they had at the end of 2007 976 diffrent species, the Berlin Zoo had in January 2007 1439 species, Stuttgart has around 1000 species, Leipzig around 950.

Frankfurt had once a big collection, too. In the mid sixties, they had more than 900 species, unbelivable in this small zoo, they have only an area of nearly 30 acres.

And what left of the great collection of London Zoo ? Not very much, but they had no other choice, as like as Frankfurt Zoo. But the diffrence is, London has a big expansion zoo outside the City, Frankurt dosn't.

In the USA, San Antonio has a very big collection, too, and not to forget the Bronx-Zoo.
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And what left of the great collection of London Zoo ? Not very much, but they had no other choice, as like as Frankfurt Zoo. But the diffrence is, London has a big expansion zoo outside the City, Frankurt dosn't.
London still has a fairly sizeable collection despite the loss of the larger animals. The 2007 inventory listed 755 species (252 invertebrates, 213 fish, 23 amphibians, 77 reptiles, 113 birds, 77 mammals).

Both ZSL parks combined come to 891 different species.
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San Diego has got to be up there with the leaders, when it comes to the number of species.
But, actually, Houston has beat San Diego with over 900 species!

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But the diffrent between and San Diego is, Houson has an Aquarium, San Diego does not.
I think, Houston does has more reptile species than San Diego.
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But the diffrent between and San Diego is, Houson has an Aquarium, San Diego does not.
I think, Houston does has more reptile species than San Diego.
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I can add the exact numbers for Pilsen Zoo, mentioned earlier by Sun Wukong.
Stand 31st December 2007 - 1210 species, thereof 220 mammals, 416 birds, 228 reptiles, 51 amphibians, 77 fish, 218 invertebrates.
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Old 12-07-2008

Thanks Jana, You spared me the work... A lot of the species listed is kept behind the scenes at Pilsen, and having the chance to peek at this "secret" husbandry is one amazing experience, where You encounter species You hardly ever see in other zoos.
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Some information of the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp (RZSA or KMDA) that owns both Antwerp Zoo and Planckendael animal park:

Antwerp Zoo: about 770
Planckendael: about 250 (some of them are the same as in Antwerp Zoo)

So actually the RZSA has about 970 different species.

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Old 15-07-2008

Whilst the figures from the above posts thrill me, they are only from Europe and America. Many Asian zoos have very large collections. Zoo Negara, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a very large zoo and I had the pleasure of visiting it in January. Singapore Zoo is one of the best, and I assume their collection is also sizable. Without having visited, I think many city zoos in East Asia easilly push European and American zoos behind them, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tapei, Seoul, and the places in and near Tokyo. At least one zoo in Mexico is supposed to be very large. Sorry for not being able to cite figures here, but maybe someone else can.
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Old 15-07-2008

Yes I also thought Signapore Zoo would have a big collection but actually they have 'only' 315 different animal species (information from the official zoo site). But that doesn't change the fact that it's a very good zoo of course!
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Old 15-07-2008

I'd expect Taronga zoo in Sydney would have a large collection but it only has 340 species, but its the best in Australia and most likely the southern hemisphere,
 


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