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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Arizona Docent, 1 Apr 2016.

  1. Arizona Docent

    Arizona Docent Moderator Staff Member

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    Use this thread to list abandoned zoos. What I mean are zoos that were closed but of which there are structural remains that you can still see. I do not want a list of all zoos that ever existed - only those for which some parts are still visible today.
     
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    Catskill Game Farm (Catskill, NY)
     
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    The small zoo in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, still has some of its enclosures standing. They use them for television and movie sets sometimes like in an episode of "Long Gunmen" and the Planet of the Apes reboot.
     
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    Wildlife Wonderland aka The Giant Worm at Bass, Victoria, Australia is still all in place some 5? years after it closed.
     
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    The Old Catskill Game Farm is open for visits. You need to sign up in advance. You can find the info at
    The Old Game Farm
     
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    I have visited the old Catskill site. Very interesting to walk around the grounds.
     
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    A lot of zoos in Brazil.
     
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    Zwartberg Zoo in Genk (Belgium) and the Wassenaar Breeding Station in The Netherlands come to my mind.
     
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    I don't know how much of it is visible from the lakeshore but Discovery Island is still in ruins in Disney World. That's an abandoned zoo I actually got to visit while it was still open.
     
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    Spokane's Walk in the Wild Zoo closed in the mid-nineties. They do have Cat Tales, a smaller zoo specializing in, of course, cats.

    I was in the area just before the internet took hold and I was later quite irked to find out that although Cat Tales was in existence, neither a local guide book nor Spokane's chamber of commerce's publication on what to see in the area mentioned it at all, so I missed it.
     
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    One year after the closure, still very visuable,the old Emmen Zoo - the Netherlands :

     
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    I was in Emmen zoo in 1983 and in the new zoo in 2016. I have never understood how a zoo as good, in my opinion, as the old one, has been closed