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Best Polar bear exhibit in the U.S

Discussion in 'United States' started by pachyderm pro, 3 Oct 2016.

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Best polar bear exhibit

Poll closed 10 Oct 2016.
  1. Brookfield zoo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Detroit zoo

    11 vote(s)
    64.7%
  3. San Diego zoo

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  4. NC zoo

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  5. Henry vilas zoo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. St louis zoo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Columbus zoo

    3 vote(s)
    17.6%
  8. Kansas City zoo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Toleado zoo

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  10. Pittsburgh zoo

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  1. pachyderm pro

    pachyderm pro Well-Known Member

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    Here is a list of the top 10 polar bear exhibits (in my opinion) please vote witch is the best.

    Brookfield zoo- Great bear wilderness http://photos.zoochat.com/large/gbw50-97547.jpg

    Detroit zoo- Artic ring of life
    http://photos.zoochat.com/large/detroit_zoo_032-8501.jpg

    San Diego zoo- Northern frontierhttp://pics.kaybee.org/Vacations/California2002/SanDiego/Zoo/BigAnimals/PolarBears/110-1089_IMG.JPG

    North Carolina zoo- Rocky coasthttp://photos.zoochat.com/medium/north_carolina_zoo_361-121359.jpg

    St louis zoo- Polar bear pointhttps://www.stlzoo.org/files/5213/8115/8629/Polar_Bear_Point_Bear_viewing_rendering_Saint_Louis_Zoo.jpg

    Henry Vilas zoo- Artic passage http://s3.zoochat.com.s3.amazonaws.com/large/dscf29553-301726.jpg

    Columbus zoo- North America http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-B5xddZWO5TY/TpsTPmd0JGI/AAAAAAAAANQ/Ntsm12Y65zo/s1600/214.JPG

    Kansas City zoo- Polar bear passage http://www.jalillig.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/KCMOZoo2.jpg

    Toledo zoo- Artic encounter http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2003/10/09/800x_b1_cCM_z/Toledo-Zoo-defends-its-exhibits.jpg

    Pittsburgh zoo-Waters edge http://photos.zoochat.com/large/pittsburgh_zoo_108-12425.jpg
     
  2. GraysonDP

    GraysonDP Well-Known Member

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    My top ten would have Detroit as number one, Columbus as a close runner-up and North Carolina, Hogle, Como Park, San Diego, Buffalo, Brookfield, Henry Vilas and Saint Louis making it ten. Memphis and Toledo would also be considered. If Canadian zoos are counted I would put in Toronto and Assiniboine Park
     
  3. RetiredToTheZoo

    RetiredToTheZoo Well-Known Member

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    I didn't vote because the only one I've ever seen is Memphis, which I think is very good but, it's not even in your top ten. So all these others must be outstanding and I hope to see them someday.
     
  4. elefante

    elefante Well-Known Member

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    I have seen four polar bear exhibits in the last seven years. Detroit's is outstanding. Hogle Zoo's is good, Como Zoo's is okay, and Henry Doorly Zoo's is dismal.
     
  5. blospz

    blospz Well-Known Member

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    The Columbus Zoo has a beautiful, naturalistic exhibit, but you can only view it from the front. North Carolina has more vantage points, some being open air viewing, so it's a notch up for me. I am sure once I see Arctic Ring of Life it would go to the top of my list.

    Sorry to nitpick, but I wouldn't think to place Pittsburgh Zoo as a top polar bear exhibit. Although it has an underwater tunnel, it's basically a modern grotto exhibit. For newer exhibits, I would have put Buffalo Zoo over Pittsburgh Zoo.

    Some photo of Buffalo Zoo's exhibit -

    Exhibit #2:

    http://www.zoochat.com/549/polar-bear-exhibit-2-a-427798/

    http://www.zoochat.com/549/polar-bear-exhibit-2-a-427803/

    http://www.zoochat.com/549/polar-bear-exhibit-2-a-427793/

    Exhibit #1:

    http://www.zoochat.com/549/front-view-polar-bear-exhibit-1-a-427791/

    http://www.zoochat.com/549/polar-bear-exhibit-1-a-427795/
     
    Last edited: 3 Oct 2016
  6. pachyderm pro

    pachyderm pro Well-Known Member

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    I forgot about Buffalo, my bad:rolleyes:. I liked Pittsburgh because it has the underwater tunnel and it has a rocky feel toit. Buffalo is much better though.