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How many zoos have you visited? (poll 2)

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Arizona Docent, 27 Jan 2018.

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How many zoological parks have you visited?

  1. 1-9

    22 vote(s)
    10.3%
  2. 10-24

    58 vote(s)
    27.1%
  3. 25-49

    35 vote(s)
    16.4%
  4. 50-99

    49 vote(s)
    22.9%
  5. 100-199

    32 vote(s)
    15.0%
  6. 200-299

    8 vote(s)
    3.7%
  7. 300 or more

    10 vote(s)
    4.7%
  1. Imperator Furiosa

    Imperator Furiosa Well-Known Member

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    The Museum of Science is accredited by the AZA and houses 50+ species, most of which are in the Live Animal Center. There's a lot of North American wildlife like North American porcupines and northern red-bellied cooters but they also participate in the species survival plan for cotton-top tamarins. The Calvert Marine Museum has mostly wildlife native to the Chesapeake Bay region and the river estuaries, including chain dogfish, river otters, and native turtles like terrapins. I don't know how many species are kept off the top of my head but by space the Estuarine Biology Gallery and otter habitat take up about 1/3 of the total space at the facility. The National Museum of Natural History has a reef display in the Sant Ocean Hall, as well as a butterfly pavilion and the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, which is the oldest continuously operating insect zoo in the US.
     
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  2. pipaluk

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    Now on 98, following visits to Tropical World Leeds, Heythrop, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in the last month. Going to big cat sanctuary in Kent end of July, but if my West Country trip precedes that I will already have 100
     
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  3. devilfish

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    This morning I hit 500 with Malta National Aquarium :D

    Wales:
    493. Welsh Falconry Centre

    Malta:
    494. Villa Rundle Gardens Aviary (Gozo)
    495. Malta Falconry Centre
    496. Malta Bird Park
    497. Mediterraneo Marine Park
    498. L-Arka Ta' Noe
    499. Malta Wildlife Park (really rubbish)
    500. Malta National Aquarium
     
  4. snowleopard

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    Congratulations my friend! Malta National Aquarium should erect a tiny plaque to honour your achievement...it might drum up some business....haha! My 500th zoo will happen this summer and I hope it's also some obscure little facility that hardly anyone has ever heard of. For example, my 400th was the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Michigan, an unknown zoological establishment.
     
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  5. KevinB

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    Updated version - June 2019.

    I am updating my list since I have since discovered I forgot to mention one facility that definitely counts, the Aquarium-Muséum de Liège (aquarium and zoological museum of the University of Liège). That, together with two visits I did since posting my previous list, brings my total to 50 zoological facilities visited so far.

    Without realizing it at the time, Faunapark Flakkee was in fact my 50th zoo when I visited on June 1st. I guess that means something, right, having visited 50 different zoos? And even if it doesn't, it still kinda makes me feel good. That said, it probably will be a while before any more will be added to this list.

    In the updated list below I have removed all comments, except those indicating closed facilities, I added to my previous list, quoted above, and readable on the previous page of this topic.

    The facilities are not listed in any sort of particular or deliberate order.

    Belgium (17 facilities)
    1) Zoo Planckendael
    2) Zoo Antwerpen
    3) Olmense Zoo
    4) SeaLife Blankenberge
    5) Serpentarium Blankerberge
    6) Pairi Daiza
    7) Monde Sauvage
    8) De Zonnegloed Sanctuary
    9) Wildpark Domein van de Grotten van Han
    10) Bellewaerde
    11) Familiepark Harry Malter
    12) Insectarium Lieteberg
    13) Aquarium-Muséum de Liège
    14) Vlindertuin Knokke-Heist (Closed)
    15) Vogelpark Zwin (Closed. Nature reserve and nature park still exist)
    16) Aquatopia (Closed)
    17) Museum Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (Museum still exists, but currently no living animal displays)



    Netherlands (24 facilities)
    18) GaiaZoo
    19) Burgers' Zoo
    20) Safaripark Beekse Bergen
    21) Diergaarde Blijdorp - Rotterdam Zoo
    22) Natura Artis Magistra - Artis Royal Zoo
    23) Ouwehands Dierenpark
    24) Dierenpark Amersfoort
    25) Vogelpark Avifauna
    26) AquaZoo Leeuwarden
    27) Zoo Parc Overloon
    28) Apenheul Primate Park
    29) Dolfinarium Harderwijk
    30) Dierenrijk
    31) Zoo Veldhoven
    32) Kasteelpark Born
    33) Mondo Verde
    34) Het Arsenaal Vlissingen
    35) Reptielenzoo Iguana Vlissingen
    36) Zie-Zoo
    37) BestZoo
    38) Faunapark Flakkee
    39) Kasteeltuinen Arcen
    40) Dierenpark Emmen (Old Emmen Zoo, I haven't visited Wildlands yet).
    41) Dierenpark Wissel Epe (Closed)


    Germany (6 facilities)
    42) Zoo Duisburg
    43) Kölner Zoo
    44) Zoo Wuppertal
    45) Allwetterzoo Münster
    46) Weltvogelpark Walsrode
    47) ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen

    France (2 facilities)
    48) Nausicaä - Centre National de la Mer
    49) Zoo de Maubeuge

    United Kingdom/Great Britain (1 facility)
    50) Sea Life London Aquarium
     
  6. devilfish

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    Thanks very much! I think my 400th was Tama zoo in Japan - not bad, although my records are so poorly maintained (and qualifying criteria so indecisive) I fear that a newly- remembered collection will skew the numbers.

    It felt weird to try and organise my visits on this trip in order to make the aquarium number 500. I don't think I'll be doing that kind of thing again for a long time!
     
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  7. Stefan Verhoeven

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    Recently I made the 50 zoos and am now on 53. I just started with making a list and for sure I missed some from my childhood. Without knowing my 50th was Emdoneni cat rehabilitation center.
    As a Dutch guy the Netherlands is with 24 zoos the biggest bulk, second is the UK (8 in one trip), Germany & Spain (6), Belgium (3) and several with 1 (France, The Gambia, Laos, Cambodia, Qatar, South Africa). So still enough to discover for me.
     
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  8. Lizardman64

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    Aquarium of Niagara - Niagara Falls, NY
    Buffalo Zoo - Buffalo, NY
    Catskill Game Farm - Catskill, NY (Closed)
    Cleveland Metropark Zoo - Cleveland, OH
    Dallas Zoo - Dallas, TX
    Disney's Animal Kingdom - Orlando, FL
    Gatorland - Orlando, FL
    Marineland Canada - Niagara Falls, ON
    Maryland Zoo - Baltimore, ML
    National Aquarium in Baltimore - Baltimore, ML
    Rosamond Gifford Zoo - Syracuse, NY
    SeaWorld Ohio/Six Flags Worlds of Adventure - Aurora, OH (Closed)
    SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, FL
    SeaWorld San Antonio - San Antonio, TX
    Seneca Park Zoo - Rochester, NY
    Smithsonian National Zoo - Washington DC
    The Wild Animal Park - Chittenango, NY
     
  9. ThomasNotTom

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    Since Feb of 2018, I’ve been rather busy visiting with zoos/animal collections and have increased my total from 28 to 50! (Some additions have been made as they were forgotten when making the original list) Whilst this is sure to increase in the coming months, I thought it appropriate to update my list now. It may be small, but I am a somewhat regular visitor to certain collections such as Exmoor, Hamerton and Bristol… and soon to be Paignton on my placement.

    1. Bristol Zoo
    2. London Zoo
    3. Exmoor Zoo
    4. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
    5. Wild Place Project
    6. Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
    7. Longleat Safari Park
    8. Shandon Wildlife Trust
    9. Paignton Zoo
    10. Living Coasts
    11. Dudley Zoo
    12. Twycross Zoo
    13. West Midlands Safari Park
    14. Monkey World
    15. Cricket St Thomas
    16. Isle of Wight Zoo
    17. Pafos Zoo
    18. Tropiquaria
    19. Slimbridge
    20. Seaquarium Weston
    21. Oceanarium Bournemouth
    22. Amazon World Zoo Park
    23. Marwell Zoo
    24. New Forest Wildlife Park
    25. Birdland
    26. Yorkshire Wildlife Park
    27. Dartmoor Zoo
    28. Wingham Wildlife Park
    29. Alstone Wildlife Park
    30. Crocodiles of the World
    31. Cotswold Wildlife Park
    32. Chester Zoo
    33. Blackpool Zoo
    34. Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
    35. Wild Discovery
    36. South Lakes Safari Zoo
    37. Hamerton Zoo Park
    38. The Deep
    39. Woodside Wildlife Park
    40. Birmingham Wildlife conservation Park
    41. Flamingo Land
    42. Ventura Wildlife Park
    43. Paradise Wildlife Park
    44. Stonebridge City Farm
    45. Whipsnade Zoo
    46. All things Wild
    47. Wolds Wildlife Park
    48. Axe Valley Wildlife Park
    49. Lemurs Park, Madagascar.
    50. Brean Down Bird Garden.
     
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  10. pipaluk

    pipaluk Well-Known Member

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    Hoping to finally reach 100 next week if all goes to plan on my 3 day Devon tour
     
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  11. ThomasNotTom

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    What zoos will this include? I've been revisiting all of the Devon zoos recently :)
     
  12. pipaluk

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    *= 1st visit
    Definitely planned
    Living Coasts *
    Paignton
    Exmoor *
    Axe Valley *

    Probably
    Shaldon

    Possibly
    Combe Martin *
    Dartmoor *

    The last 2 would depend on how long I need for 1st visits to Living Coasts and Exmoor. How long would you recommend?
     
  13. ThomasNotTom

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    You can easily do Exmoor and Combe Martin in one day - I recommend CM first, and then Exmoor second as the carnivores are more likely to show in the afternoon. Keep an eye out for the Amur leopards at the top of the valley, and the wolf pups at CM!

    I haven't done living coasts since I was tiny, so couldn't comment :)
     
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  14. Shorts

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    It's a tricky question as it depends on personal visiting styles/favourite species but I'd cater about 90 minutes for Living Coasts and at least three hours for Exmoor* (personally I'm quite happy spending the best part of a day there). Note that getting from Paignton/Living Coasts to Dartmoor can be a nightmare if you're driving through/near Totnes (very bad traffic).

    * Thinking about it, however long you spend at Hamerton -add between an extra one to two hours (to cover the extra number of species).
     
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  15. pipaluk

    pipaluk Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Shorts, that's very useful to know
     
  16. ThomasNotTom

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    Somehow missed Berlin Zoo from my list - total now stands at 51.
     
  17. pipaluk

    pipaluk Well-Known Member

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    Made it to 100 today
    99 Combe Martin
    100 Exmoor, probably the best zoo in England I hadn't visited and fitting that it was my 100th!
    Ive wanted to visit for years and had a visit cancelled 3 years ago.
     
  18. pipaluk

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    My whole trip has changed as a result of Axe Valley being closed on a Monday currently.
    Went to Combe Martin and Exmoor today.
    Tomorrow it will be 1st visits to Living Coasts at opening time ( as Combe Martin was today after leaving at 5am)and Newquay. Next day will be my now annual Paignton visit, I may still manage axe valley on the way home, but looking less likely ...
     
  19. EmmettTheOtter

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    Zoos:
    Bergen County Zoological Park
    Central Park Zoo
    Franklin Park Zoo
    Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
    Metro Richmond Zoo
    Philadelphia Zoo
    Roger Williams Park Zoo
    Seneca Park Zoo
    Smithsonian National Zoo
    Turtle Back Zoo
    ZooAmerica

    Aquariums:
    Alaska SeaLife Center
    Atlantic Sea-Park
    Bergen Aquarium
    Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    Georgia Aquarium
    National Aquarium (Baltimore)
    National Aquarium (DC - closed)
    New England Aquarium

    Theme Parks:
    Busch Gardens Tampa
    Disney's Animal Kingdom
    SeaWorld Orlando

    Museums:
    Calvert Marine Museum
    ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

    Also have plans to go to Discovery Cove and may go to New York Aquarium and Toronto Zoo
     
  20. drill

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    Where is Atlantic Sea-Park?