Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Arizona Docent, 27 Jan 2018.
Thanks for the info @TeaLovingDave I'll look up your directions now
Basically, look out for this food stand opposite the main entrance, just along from some toilets:
The exhibit for Himalayan Civets is tucked behind this stand and visible from a short distance, like so:
However, there IS a larger and more obvious exhibit being built elsewhere in the zoo - it is entirely possible they have moved there by now, but worth checking this exhibit nonetheless.... even knowing roughly where it was, I very nearly missed it myself!
Great stuff thanks, I definitely wouldn't have spotted that! Can wait to visit, so many amazing animals and some will be firsts.
I can now add 3 more zoos to my life list after a short 7 day road trip to the US.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
I've joined the 100 club! Great trip to Germany, though I didn't see the Himalayan Masked Civets at Dortmund (despite multiple visits to their enclosure), but I did see the short-tailed opssum and two oncilla. Duisburg for me was a mixed bag, but finally seeing Baby was a treat, as well as watching Apari (the wombat) following around and playing with his best friend Lizzy, the young Swamp wallaby - it was so cute. Zoom Erlebniswelt was probably my favourite of the three it had some great exhibits (and some not so good). I could have spent all day in the tropical house watching the Orangs. Seeing my first dwarf polar bear was also a highlight, Antonia is such an adorable old lady, I instantly fell in love with her!
Excellent - the opossum arrived after my visit, so this is a species which I am yet to see.
Note that the cats you saw were Southern Tigrina (Leopardus guttulus) rather than Northern Tigrina (Leopardus tigrinus), and as such something of an oddity unless you have already visited Parc des Felins in France, they will have been a lifetick for you.
Finally joined the Hundred Club!
Update: I forgot to put Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Center and Agroventures Adventure Park (does that count?) on my visit to New Zealand in June 2018.
I'm also gonna visit Bali Safari & Marine Park in 14th May during my school trip to Bali.
As of now (April 2019), the first groups all the way up to 100-199 are pretty evenly split and represent the majority. The last two groups, 200-299 and 300 plus, are the elites (I am not among them). They have currently six votes and eight votes respectively.
I am currently stuck on 95, I have 2 new zoos definitely planned over the next 3 months, a trip to the far west of England may take me past the 100
The median is in the 25-49 range, that is more than half the members have visited fewer than 50 zoos. So anybody who has visited 50 or more zoos are in the minority. Yes those how have visited 200 or more are an elite, though!
Very few adds, only two new facilities since I voted on the old thread with a total of 58 now.
Zoo de Barcelona
Aquarium de Barcelona
Parc de les Aus (now closed)
Marineland Costa Brava
Aviario de Mallorca (now closed)
Safari de Mallorca.
Acuario de Porto Cristo
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid
Zoo Parque Grande (now closed)
Zoo de Valencia (now closed)
Jardín del Papagayo
Zoo de Fuengirola
Zoo de Jerez de la Frontera
La Cañada de los Pájaros
Zoo de Guadalajara
Aviapark La Muela
Acuario de Zaragoza
Minizoo del Ebro (now closed)
Zoo de Santillana del Mar
Acuario de San Sebastián
Parque ornitológico Los Molinos (now closed)
Parc Animalier des Pyrénées
Museé de la Mer Biarritz
Zoo de Lagos
Zoo de Lisboa
Artis Zoo (including Micropia)
Berlin Zoo & Aquarium
Central Park Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego
I have currently visited 47 zoological collections in five countries.
While I have not visited nearly as many zoos as some people on here have, judging by the poll I've visited a pretty normal number of zoos for members of this forum as well as a pretty decent amount. I also believe that amongst these collections I have seen some of the top collections in Northwestern Europe as well as some smaller places and admittedly a few not not quite so great ones.
I decided to mention collections by their current name and to mention if the name has changed since my (last) visit. I will list closed facilities in italics as well as add (closed) and list them at the bottom of each country's list. I also choose to list facilities with their names in the original language, but with some explanations/translations where I believe they are appropriate).
The facilities are not listed in any particular systematic order of time, preference or geography.
Some of these facilities I visited quite some time ago (in some cases like two decades ago) so I do not have vivid memories of all of these facilities, but of those I visited in, say, the last decade to decade and a half I do, and in most cases also have pictures, and in many cases very many pictures.
Belgium (16 facilities)
1) Zoo Planckendael (My first "local" zoo, the one I have definitely visited the most - probably well over 100 times by now - one that I still love and that I have had a membership for for over 20 years - i.e. about three quarters of my life.)
2) Zoo Antwerpen (My second "local" zoo and as it also belongs to the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp I've had also had a membership there for over 20 years.)
3) Olmense Zoo
4) SeaLife Blankenberge
5) Serpentarium Blankerberge (small herpetological collection, now also belonging to the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp.)
6) Pairi Daiza
7) Monde Sauvage
8) De Zonnegloed Sanctuary (While they have an official Flemish zoo license* and I am counting them in for that reason, amongst others, this place, as they themselves also indicate, isn't really a zoo, but more like a sanctuary/animal rescue that is open to the public, as they rescue and house animals and educate rather than breed. This was a new facility for me in 2018.)
9) Wildpark Domein van de Grotten van Han (Wildlife park on the domain of the caves of Han-sur-Lesse)
10) Bellewaerde (Theme park also housing an animal collection that while smaller than that of most zoos, does include some charismatic megafauna like elephants, lions and tigers.)
11) Familiepark Harry Malter (Relativaly small family recreational park including an animal collection. I visited as a school kid and have not been there since. At the time conditions were pretty poor for the animals and the attractions included elephant and camel rides, which I sadly participated in. I didn't hear much good about the park later on, although not very recently, but they have discontinued elephant rides at least and I hope they have improved. Last I heard they were working on that.)
12) Insectarium Lieteberg (Small insect museum on the edge of one Flanders' largest nature reserves, the Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen, that houses a small living insect collection and an outdoor facility with captive native butterfly species, which I have not seen elsewhere so far and found the most interesting part of this not very impressive facility)
13) Vlindertuin Knokke-Heist (Butterfly greenhouse in Knokke. Closed. There was a pop-up butterfly house in Knokke more recently but that one has also been closed.)
14) Vogelpark Zwin (Closed. It was a small and pretty outdated bird park with mostly native birds, next to a large nature reserve. The bird park has since closed and been demolished to be replaced by a new education center and the "Zwin Nature Park", a nature experience park with tidal and dune landscapes. The nature reserve still exist and has in fact been substantially expanded recently).
15) Aquatopia (Closed. The former location of Aquatopia within the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel Antwerp, which is in fact located on the same square as Zoo Antwerpen, has now become a chocolate museum).
16) Museum Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (Museum of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, our national natural history museum. The museum still exists, but to my knowledge and research there are no living specimen exhibits currently. It used to house some aquaria and a vivarium room with mostly invertebrates in their entomology and malacology halls, but these have been definitively closed as part of the museum's ongoing renovations. With this and the ending of a temporary exhibition on toxic animals including living specimens they don't currently display living specimens, although they likely do have some, somewhere.)
* Flanders is the Northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Full list of Flemish facilities with a zoo license: Erkende dierentuinen
List for the southern, French-speaking region of Wallonia:
I could not find, nor know of any facilities currently falling under this legislation in the Brussels Capital Region and I believe the two that previously did (Brussels Aquarium and KBIN) have either closed completely (Brussels Aquarium, which I never did visit) or no longer display live specimens.
Netherlands (22 facilities)
18) Burgers' Zoo
19) Safaripark Beekse Bergen
20) Diergaarde Blijdorp - Rotterdam Zoo
21) Natura Artis Magistra - Artis Royal Zoo
22) Ouwehands Dierenpark
23) Dierenpark Amersfoort
24) Vogelpark Avifauna (Bird Park Avifauna.)
25) AquaZoo Leeuwarden (Called AquaZoo Friesland at the time of my visit.)
26) Zoo Parc Overloon
27) Apenheul (Primate park)
28) Dolfinarium Harderwijk
30) Zoo Veldhoven
31) Kasteelpark Born (Kasteelpark = Castle park.)
32) Mondo Verde (Not only a zoo but also botanical and landscape gardens and some fun fair attractions on park grounds. This was a new addition to my list in 2018.)
33) Het Arsenaal (Maritimine museum and attraction including some aquaria.)
34) Reptielenzoo Iguana (Reptile zoo in Vlissingen, the town where Het Arsenaal is also located.)
35) Zie-Zoo (The newest addition to my list and the only new collection I've so far visited this year.)
36) Kasteeltuinen Arcen (Back when it was owned by the now defunct Zodiac Zoos and housed more animals then it does today, but I believe this park, which is mostly botanical and landscaped gardens, still houses some animals including exotics, so it might still be counted as a zoo, although they don't currently have a zoo permit.)
37) Dierenpark Emmen (The old, now closed Emmen zoo that was replaced by Wildlands, which I have not yet visited.)
38) Dierenpark Wissel Epe (Closed after the bankruptcy of Zodiac Zoos.)
List of the biggest Dutch Zoos, belonging to the NVD (Nederlandse Vereniging van Dierentuinen, Dutch Association of Zoos).
Dierentuinen « NVD Dierentuinen
Facilities with a zoo permit in the Netherlands
Dierentuinvergunning - Wikipedia
Germany (6 facilities)
39) Zoo Duisburg
40) Kölner Zoo
41) Zoo Wuppertal
42) Allwetterzoo Münster
43) Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Named Vogelpark Walsrode at the time.)
44) ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen
France (2 facilities)
45) Nausicaä - Centre National de la Mer (Nausicaä National Sea Center. Large aquarium, although I visited long before the large expansion that opened last year.)
46) Zoo de Maubeuge
47) Sea Life London Aquarium (Before it was purchased by the owners of the Sea Life chain. At the time it was just named the London Aquarium).
Just joined the 4.3 percent of 200-299. At 201
My list now stands at 39
Facility's Name - Visit Date (Not Necessarily Most Recent Visit)
Animal Ark - ?
Aquarium of the Bay - ?
Aquarium of the Pacific - ?
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - June 28, 2017
California Academy of Sciences - ?
Cameron Park Zoo - July 6, 2017
Clearwater Marine Aquarium - ?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom - ?
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary - January 21, 2019
Franklin Drive Thru Safari - April, 7 2015
Honolulu Zoo - ?
Houston Zoo - ?
Lindsay Wildlife Experience - ?
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens - ?
Mandalay Bay Aquarium - ?
Memphis Zoo - ?
Monterey Bay Aquarium - September 29, 2018
National Aquarium D.C. (closed) - ?
National Zoological Park - ?
Oakland Zoo - July 24, 2018
Ocean World - ?
Oregon Zoo - August 11, 2018
Ostrichland USA - ?
Pacific Marine Mammal Center - November 11, 2018
Sacramento Zoo - August 26, 2019
San Diego Zoo - October 6, 2018
San Francisco Zoo - December 31, 2018
Santa Barbara Zoo - ?
Sea Life Park - ?
SeaWorld San Diego - October 7, 2018
Sequoia Park Zoo - April 25, 2019
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden And Dolphin Habitat - ?
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - June 20, 2019
Scipio Petting Zoo - ?
The Marine Mammal Center - ?
The Seas with Nemo & Friends - ?
Utah’s Hogle Zoo - ?
Waikiki Aquarium - ?
Wildlife Safari - April 24, 2019
I've not yet hit 500, but in case it pushes you on I thought I might list those which have taken me from 450 to the current count of 492. With no plans to visit anywhere new before August there's a chance you'll overtake me. We'll see if any spontaneous trips pop up before the summer.
450. Dortmund Zoo (I realised that I hadn’t counted Stratford butterfly farm previously)
451. Aquazoo Dusseldorf
452. North East Falconry (Huntly falconry)
453. Macduff Marine Aquarium
454. St Andrews Tropical butterfly house
455. Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary (now closed)
456. Fife Zoo
457. Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
458. Highland Wildlife Park
459. Landmark Forest Adventure Park
460. SEAR (Scottish Exotic Animal Rescue – still not entirely comfortable counting this one)
461. World of Birds
463. Reptile World Cape Town
464. Two Oceans Aquarium
465. Sun City Aviary
466. Crocodile Village
467. Rhino and Lion Park
468. Johannesburg Zoo
469. National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
470. Montecasino Bird Gardens
471. Lory Park Zoo
472. Mitchell Park Zoo
473. Dangerous Creatures
474. uShaka Sea World
475. Umgeni river bird park
476. Al Ain Zoo
477. Wasit Wetland Centre
478. Sharjah Aquarium
479. The Green Planet
480. Ski Dubai
481. UWEC (Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre)
482. Uganda Reptiles Village
483. Kavumba Recreation Centre
484. Cairo International Garden Zoo
485. ICBP (International Centre for Birds of Prey)
486. Monkey World
487. CRAM (Centro de recuperacion de animales marinos – Fundacion para la conservacion y recuperacion de animales marinos)
488. Tayto Park
489. Sea Life Bray
490. Dublin Zoo
491. Tropiquaria Wildlife Park
492. Exmoor Zoo
From my last trip:
113 (US 58). Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
114 (US 59). Zoo Atlanta
115 (US 60). Georgia Aquarium
116 (US 61). Chattanooga Zoo
117 (US 62). Tennessee Aquarium
118 (US 63). Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
I've visited 28 zoos, aquariums, and insectariums in my lifetime, plus four nature/science museums, one conservation center, and one theme park that keep live animals and could potentially be considered zoos. I've listed these facilities by the most recent year I visited them.
1. Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah WA (2002)
2. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma WA (2002)
3. Racine Zoo, Racine WI (2003)
4. St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis MO (2005)
5. Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden, Las Vegas NV (2009)
6. Oregon Zoo, Portland OR (2013)
7. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA (2013)
8. Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison WI (2016)
9. Louisville Zoo, Louisville KY (2017)
10. Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee WI (2017)
11.Toronto Zoo, Toronto ON (2017)
12. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Baltimore MD (2017)
13. Denver Zoo, Denver CO (2018)
14. Central Park Zoo, New York NY (2018)
15. Bronx Zoo, New York NY (2018)
16. John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids MI (2018)
17. National Zoo, Washington DC (2018)
18. Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield IL (2019)
19. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton IL (2019)
20. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago IL (2019)
21. Potter Park Zoo, Lansing MI (2019)
1. Seattle Aquarium, Seattle WA (2013)
2. National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore MD (2016)
3. New England Aquarium, Boston MA (2017)
4. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (2017)
5. Downtown Aquarium, Denver CO (2018)
6. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago IL (2019)
1. The Butterfly House, St. Charles MO (2005)
1. Museum of Science, Boston MA (2017)
2. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island MD (2018)
3. National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC (2018)
4. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago IL (2019)
1. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal VA (2008)
1. Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg VA (2011)
Any interesting animals at these places?
Reckon I might as well do a little update - as before, closed collections are in italics. I've hit the gross!
Collections visited as of 14/05/2019: 144
Austria: 1 collection
Innsbruck Alpenzoo (first visited 2015)
Belgium: 1 collection
Antwerp Zoo (first visited 2018)
Czech Republic: 6 collections
AkvaTera Plzen (first visited 2017)
Krokodýlí Zoo Praha (first visited 2017)
Prague Zoo (first visited 2017)
Zoo Jihlava (first visited 2017)
Zoo Plzen (first visited 2017)
Zoopark Chomutov (first visited 2017)
Germany: 37 collections
Aachener Tierpark (first visited 2018)
AquaDom & SEALIFE Berlin (first visited 2018)
Aquazoo Dusseldorf (first visited 2018)
Biosphäre Potsdam (first visited 2018)
Erlenbis-Zoo Hannover (first visited 2016)
Klimahaus Bremerhavn (first visited 2016)
Planten un Blomen (first visited 2016)
TerraZoo Rheinberg (first visited 2018)
Tiergarten Nurnberg (first visited 2015)
Tiergarten Schönebeck (first visited 2018)
Tierpark Berlin (first visited 2014)
Tierpark Chemnitz (first visited 2018)
Tierpark Hagenbeck (first visited 2016)
Tierpark Hellabrunn (first visited 2015)
Tropen-Aquarium Hagenbeck (first visited 2016)
Vogelpark Niendorf (first visited 2016)
Vogelpark Olching (first visited 2015)
Weltvogelpark Walsrode (first visited 2016)
Wildgehege Klovensteen (first visited 2016)
Wildpark Connewitz (first visited 2018)
Wildpark Grafenberger Wald (first visited 2018)
Wildpark Schwartze-Berge (first visited 2016)
Wilhelma (first visited 2015)
Zoo am Meer (first visited 2016)
Zoo-Aquarium Berlin (first visited 2014)
Zoo Augsburg (first visited 2015)
Zoo Berlin (first visited 2014)
Zoo Dortmund (first visited 2018)
Zoo Dresden (first visited 2018)
Zoo Duisburg (first visited 2018)
Zoo Frankfurt (first visited 2018)
Zoo Halle (first visited 2018)
Zoo Köln (first visited 2018)
Zoo Krefeld (first visited 2018)
Zoo Leipzig (first visited 2014)
Zoo Magdeburg (first visited 2014)
Zoo Wuppertal (first visited 2018)
Netherlands: 6 collections
BestZoo (first visited 2018)
Burger's Zoo (first visited 2018)
Dierenpark Amersfoort (first visited 2018)
Dierenpark Zie-Zoo (first visited 2018)
Diergaarde Blijdorp (first visited 2018)
Natura Artis Magistra (first visited 2018)
Portugal: 2 collections
Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa (first visited 2019)
Oceanário de Lisboa (first visited 2019)
Spain: 6 collections
Aquàrium de Barcelona (first visited 2019)
Bioparc Valencia (first visited 2019)
Faunia (first visited 2019)
L'Oceanogràfic (first visited 2019)
Parc Zoològic de Barcelona (first visited 2019)
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid (first visited 2019)
United Kingdom: 85 collections
Amazon World Zoo Park (first visited 2013)
Aquarium of the Lakes (first visited 2015)
Battersea Park Children's Zoo (first visited 2017)
Birdland Park and Gardens (first visited 2013)
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (first visited 2011)
Blackbrook Zoo (first visited 2013)
Blackpool Zoo (first visited 2011)
Bluereef Tynemouth (first visited 2009)
Bristol Zoo (first visited 2011)
Butterfly World Stockton (first visited c.1999)
Cedars Nature Centre (first visited 2017)
Chester Cathedral Falconry (first visited 2017)
Chester Zoo (first visited 2010)
Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park (first visited 2011)
Colchester Zoo (first visited 2013)
Cotswold Falconry Centre (first visited 2014)
Cotswold Wildlife Park (first visited 2013)
Crocodiles of the World - original site (first visited 2013)
Crocodiles of the World - new site (first visited 2014)
Dudley Zoo (first visited 2011)
East Park Animal Centre (first visited 2017)
Edinburgh Zoo (first visited 2010)
Exmoor Zoo (first visited 2013)
Falconry Days (first visited 2013)
Five Sisters Zoo Park (first visited 2012)
Flamingo Land (first visited c.1992)
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (first visited 2012)
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (first visited 2013)
Hagley Falconry Centre (first visited 2015)
Hamerton Zoo (first visited 2011)
Hawk Conservancy Trust (first visited 2015)
Heythrop Zoo (first visited 2014)
Highland Wildlife Park (first visited 1989)
Howletts Wild Animal Park (first visited 2012)
ICBP Duncombe Park (first visited 2015)
Jesmond Dene Pets Corner (first visited 2015)
Kew Gardens (first visited 2009)
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens (first visited 2013)
Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre (first visited 2012)
Kirkleatham Owl Centre (first visited 2015)
Lake District Wildlife Park (first visited 2015)
Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre (first visited 2015)
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis (first visited 2015)
Lotherton Bird Gardens (first visited 2018)
Libertys Raptor and Reptile Centre (first visited 2006)
Linton Zoo (first visited 2014)
Living Coasts (first visited 2013)
Manchester Museum Vivarium (first visited 2011)
Marwell Zoo (first visited 2013)
Monkey Haven (first visited 2013)
Newquay Zoo (first visited 2013)
North Anston Tropical House (first visited 2014)
Paignton Zoo (first visited 2013)
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (first visited 2013)
Reaseheath Zoo (first visited 2015)
Regent's Park Waterfowl Collection (first visited 2017)
Scottish Owl Centre (first visited 2015)
SEALIFE Blackpool (first visited 2015)
SEALIFE Manchester (first visited 2016)
SEALIFE Oban (first visited 1994)
SEALIFE Scarborough (first visited c.1992)
Shaldon Wildlife Trust (first visited 2013)
Shepreth Wildlife Park (first visited 2014)
Skye Serpentarium (first visited 1998)
South Lakes Wild Animal Park (first visited 2012)
The Deep (first visited 2017)
Thirsk Bird of Prey Centre (first visited 2015)
Thorp Perrow Arboretum (first visited 2013)
Tropical World Leeds (first visited 2013)
Twycross Zoo (first visited 2011)
Welsh Mountain Zoo (first visited 2012)
West Midland Safari Park (first visited 2015)
Wingham Wildlife Park (first visited 2017)
Wild Animal Adventures (first visited 2014)
Wild Discovery (first visited 2018)
Wild Place (first visited 2013)
Wildwood Trust (first visited 2017)
Woburn Safari Park (first visited 2013)
World Owl Trust Muncaster Castle (first visited 1990)
WWT Martin Mere (first visited 2013)
WWT Slimbridge (first visited 2013)
WWT Washington (first visited 2004)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park (first visited 2014)
ZSL London Zoo (first visited 2012)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (first visited 2013)
Separate names with a comma.