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Finest Small Zoos

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Neil chace, 3 Feb 2019.

  1. Neil chace

    Neil chace Well-Known Member

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    A lot of threads talk about what the best zoos are, but seem to ignore the many good under 20 acre zoos. What good zoos do you know under 20 acres. I have been to four very good collections-
    Central Park Zoo- 6 acres
    Zoo America- 10 acres
    Buttonwood Park Zoo-10 acres
    Capron Park Zoo- 8 acres
     
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    Bristol zoo - 12 acres
     
  3. Scottish Wildcat

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    Stone Zoo New England and Five Sisters in Scotland are some of my personal favourites
     
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    The best tiny zoo I have visited is the Wildwood Zoo. It's incredible for a zoo of it's size.
     
  5. Alex Bensky

    Alex Bensky Well-Known Member

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    The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island and the Santa Barbara Zoo are a bit bigger, but they are real connoisseur's pieces, well worth a visit if you're in the area.

    The Santa Ana Zoo is about twenty acres and seems to have markedly improved since I was there.
     
  6. PAT

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    Perhaps the best 'small' zoo in Australia is Adelaide Zoo. A quick Google search gives its area as 20 acres (8 hectares), so it's right on the cusp of what you'd define as small. It's a perfect combination of interesting species, mostly good-to-fantastic exhibits, beautiful landscaping and location, and fascinating historic elements to appeal to zoo enthusiasts and the general public alike.

    I was also going to suggest Antwerp Zoo but at 26 acres, it's a little too big to fit the criteria.
     
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    Black Footed Beast Well-Known Member

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    Cosley Zoo is a nice small zoo that I know of
     
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    Possibly one of the most important small zoos in the world (if not the most) is Bioparc Fuengirola (Spain), of only two hectares
     
  9. lintworm

    lintworm Moderator Staff Member

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    I would consider The Menagerie Jardin des Plantes in Paris to be the most important small zoo.
     
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  10. ThomasNotTom

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    I think the UK is full of great "small" collections - but the definition of a "small" zoo in the UK, is probably different to what someone in the states, or even mainland Europe would refer to as a small zoo.

    Some personal favourites include Shaldon Wildlife Trust, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Amazon World Zoo Park ... And many that I havent been to myself.
     
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  11. Crowthorne

    Crowthorne Moderator Staff Member

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    Shaldon Wildlife Trust and Ventura Wildlife Park, are both favourites of mine, both very small in size.
     
  12. Loxodonta Cobra

    Loxodonta Cobra Well-Known Member

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    My home zoo, Seneca Park Zoo, is only 20 acres in size, and contains a lot of the charismatic zoo animals you’d expect to see.