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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

    21 vote(s)
    10.8%
  2. 10-24

    51 vote(s)
    26.3%
  3. 25-49

    33 vote(s)
    17.0%
  4. 50-99

    41 vote(s)
    21.1%
  5. 100-199

    32 vote(s)
    16.5%
  6. 200-299

    7 vote(s)
    3.6%
  7. 300 or more

    9 vote(s)
    4.6%
  1. TZDugong

    TZDugong Well-Known Member

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    What! Nooooooo! I wanted to go there because if I travel to the UK and then someone asked me "what did you do on vacation?" And I'd reply " Matlock Bath Aquarium of course!"
     
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  2. Buldeo

    Buldeo Well-Known Member

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    I...uh, have no idea. More than ten though.

    Let's see...

    Sacramento Zoo
    San Diego Zoo
    San Diego Wild Animal Park (we'll never call it that other thing)
    San Francisco Zoo
    Safari West
    St. Louis Zoo
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    Oakland Zoo
    Audubon Zoo
    St. Louis Zoo
    National Zoo
    Woodland Park Zoo
    Monterrey Bay Aquarium
    Aquarium of the Bay
    California Academy of Sciences
    Hong Kong Zoo
    Delhi Zoo
    Vakona Forest Reserve
     
  3. DesertRhino150

    DesertRhino150 Well-Known Member

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    If my memory serves me right, I have visited exactly sixty zoos in my time (depending on your definition of zoo):

    United Kingdom
    1. Africa Alive!
    2. Aquarium of the Lakes
    3. Banham Zoo
    4. Birdland
    5. Bournemouth Oceanarium
    6. Bristol Aquarium
    7. Bristol Zoo
    8. Chessington World of Adventures
    9. Chester
    10. Colchester Natural History Museum (a few terraria briefly holding green anoles, apple snails and a neotenous smooth newt)
    11. Colchester Zoo
    12. Cotswold Wildlife Park
    13. Edinburgh Zoo
    14. Flamingo Land
    15. Hamerton Zoo
    16. Houghton Hall Deer Park
    17. Howletts
    18. Jersey Zoo
    19. Jimmy’s Farm
    20. Leeds Castle Aviary - now closed
    21. Linton Zoo
    22. Living Coasts
    23. London Aquarium
    24. Longleat Safari Park
    25. Manor House Wildlife Park
    26. Marwell Zoo
    27. Mole Hall Wildlife Park - now closed
    28. New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park
    29. New Forest Reptile Centre
    30. Newquay Zoo
    31. Oxford University Museum of Natural History (several displays of invertebrates on its upper floor)
    32. Paignton Zoo
    33. Pensthorpe Nature Park
    34. Poole Serpentarium - now closed
    35. Rare Species Conservation Centre - now closed
    36. Rutland Butterfly House - now closed (reopened as Bugtopia)
    37. SEALIFE Scarborough
    38. SEALIFE Southend
    39. Silent World Aquarium and Reptile Centre - now closed
    40. South Lakes Wild Animal Park
    41. St David’s Aquarium - now closed
    42. Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly House
    43. The Deep
    44. Tropical Wings Zoo - now closed
    45. Twycross
    46. Wildwalk @ Bristol - now closed
    47. Wildwood Trust
    48. Wingham Wildlife Park
    49. Woburn Safari Park
    50. WWT Slimbridge
    51. ZSL London
    52. ZSL Whipsnade
    Netherlands
    53. Amersfoort Zoo
    54. Apenhuel
    55. Burgers Zoo
    56. Rotterdam Zoo

    Germany

    57. Wilhelma

    Spain (Mallorca)
    58. Safari-Zoo Sa Coma
    59. An aquarium I clearly remember but cannot recall its name or location - it definitely wasn't the Palma aquarium and housed a single sea turtle in a small indoor tank

    Costa Rica

    60. Selvatura Herpetarium
     
  4. BeakerUK

    BeakerUK Well-Known Member

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    I just spotted this reply - I quite agree. I think by that point my brain was simply slinging out any animal-related place it could dredge up from my memories! I did not include the likes of Cotswold Farm Park and Prinknash Bird and Deer Park. Wasn't sure about a little falconry which is just does experiences.
     
  5. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member

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    Having only decided this month to seriously start visiting and photographing zoos it comes as no surprise that I am the sole person to have visited fewer than 10 zoos. :)

    England
    1. Belle Vue, Manchester (closed in 1977) < not seen any other mention of this on the site
    2. Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port
    3. Chester Zoo
    4. Knowsley Safari Park
    5. West Midlands Safari Park

    Wales
    6. Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay

    Thailand
    7. Dusit Zoo, Bangkok
    8. Safari World, Bangkok

    Plans are afoot to at least double that this year, and revisit some of those. Just waiting for some warmer weather... :D
     
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  6. agnmeln

    agnmeln Well-Known Member

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    I have been living only 20 minutes’ drive from Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port since May last year, but I still haven’t made it there just yet! I also haven’t visited Knowsley Safari Park since I was about ten years old; again, I only live 30 minutes’ drive away. I really need to pull my finger out!
     
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  7. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member

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    I too am about 20 minutes drive from Ellesmere Port, or 29 minutes by bus to Cheshire Oaks, and have been only the once. I came away a bit disappointed wishing I had gone to Chester zoo instead. But that may have been because I was a scuba diver at the time and used to being in the water with the fishes. However my little nephew and his parents have been several times and always enjoy it.

    I haven't been to Knowsley Safari Park since the 1970s but see that their minivan trips can be made wheelchair accessible with 48 hours notice. :)
     
  8. agnmeln

    agnmeln Well-Known Member

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    My tiny list which reaches a not-so-grand total of 26:

    UK

    Southport Zoo
    Knowsley Safari Park
    Blackpool Zoo
    Blackpool Sealife Centre
    Chester Zoo
    Edinburgh Zoo
    Colchester Zoo
    Belfast Zoo

    USA
    Bronx Zoo
    Central Park Zoo
    Queens Zoo

    Asia
    Tokyo Ueno Zoo
    Bali Zoo
    Bali Safari
    Bali Elephant Camp
    Shenzhen Safari Park
    Phnom Tamao Zoo & Wildlife Rescue Centre

    Europe
    Madrid Zoo
    Wroclaw Zoo
    Leningrad Zoo
    Berlin Zoo
    Berlin Tierpark
    Münster Allwetterzoo
    Cologne Zoo
    Arnhem Burgers’ Zoo
    Rhenen Ouewhands Dierenpark
     
  9. agnmeln

    agnmeln Well-Known Member

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    I’m most interested in seeing their sea lions, which they didn’t have when I last went almost 20 years ago now. I’ve been very tempted to go for quite a while, but logistically it was going to be a bit of a nightmare as I didn’t have a car until I finally passed my driving test in June last year. Now I have absolutely no excuse!
     
  10. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member

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    Living virtually on the doorstep I never knew there was a zoo in Southport! Closed in 2004.
     
  11. agnmeln

    agnmeln Well-Known Member

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    I was born, raised and lived in Southport up until last year, so it was my very first zoo as a child!

    I posted elsewhere on the forum that one of my earliest memories relates to getting very upset over the smell of the binturong enclosure there!
     
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  12. Zoo Tycooner FR

    Zoo Tycooner FR Well-Known Member

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    I must re-count them but I must be at more than 100 zoos visited though only 6 were visited after 2016 (and none were new zoos for me, except COEX Aquarium).

    I didn't even know Ouarzazate had a zoo! :eek:
     
  13. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    Location:
    Australia
    Europe
    Germany
    Augsburg Zoo
    Berlin Aquarium
    Berlin Tierpark
    Berlin Zoo
    Cologne Zoological Garden
    Dortmund Zoo
    Duisburg Zoo
    Frankfurt Zoological Garden
    Hagenbeck Tropical Aquarium
    Hagenbeck Zoo
    Krefeld Zoo
    Loebbecke Museum Aquazoo
    Muenster Allwetter Zoo
    Munich Zoo
    Opel Zoo
    TerraZoo Rheinberg
    Weltvogelpark Walsrode
    ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen

    Netherlands
    Burgers' Zoo

    Switzerland
    Basel Zoo

    Australia
    Adelaide Zoo
    AQWA
    Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
    Cleland Wildlife Park
    David Fleay Wildlife Park
    Featherdale Wildlife Park
    Hall's Gap Zoo
    Healesville Sanctuary
    Melbourne Museum
    Melbourne Zoo
    Monarto Zoo
    Moonlit Sanctuary
    Perth Zoo
    Phillip Island Wildlife Park
    SeaLife Sydney
    Taronga Zoo
    Territory Wildlife Park
    Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
    Werribee Open Range Zoo
    WildLife Sydney

    Fiji
    Kula Eco Park

    Guam
    Guam Zoo

    New Zealand
    Auckland Zoo
    Hamilton Zoo
    Island Bay Marine Education Centre
    Kelly Tarlton
    National Aquarium of NZ
    Te Anau Wildlife Centre
    Te Manawa Museum
    Ti Point Reptile Park

    Singapore
    Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
    Jurong Bird Park
    Live Tortoise and Turtle Museum
    Night Safari
    River Safari
    S.E.A.
    Singapore Zoo

    Taiwan
    Taipei Zoo

    Thailand
    Bangkok Snake Farm
    Dusit Zoo
    Pata Zoo
    Pattaya Dolphin World
     
  14. ThomasNotTom

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    I have been to a total of 28 zoos. Its not many, but as I'm still in education I don't get much of an opportunity.
    I've also visited some of the zoos many times... Bristol at least 20.

    Bristol Zoo – first birthday and weeks work experience.
    London Zoo – 18th birthday. Berlin Zoo – Year 8 German Trip.
    Exmoor Zoo – Keeper for the day experiences and 18th birthday.
    Wild Place Project – End of exams celebration trip.
    Shandon Wildlife Trust
    Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
    Paignton Zoo
    Living Coasts
    Dudley Zoo
    Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
    Twycross Zoo
    Longleat Safari Park
    West Midlands Safari Park
    Monkey World
    Cricket St Thomas
    Isle of Wight Zoo
    Pafos Zoo
    Tropiquaria
    Slimbridge
    Seaquarium Weston
    Oceanarium Bournemouth
    Amazon World Zoo Park
    Marwell Zoo
    New Forest Wildlife Park
    Birdland
    Yorkshire Wildlife Park
    Dartmoor Zoo
    Wingham Wildlife Park

    My total should increase this year! I'm hoping to visit Hammerton, Both Aspinall parks, Cotswold WP... maybe even a collection in Madagascar when I visit in the summer.
     
  15. sooty mangabey

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    This was more than 20 years ago, so it may well no longer be present. In those pre-GPS days I remember spending longer looking for the zoo than looking round it. A patch of land with a fairly impressive perimeter wall; a camel or two; a donkey or two; a mangy jackal, I’m sure - and that may have been it. Not a great zoo - but not as horrible as the place in Casablanca, visited on the same holiday, which was simply awful!
     
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  16. ShonenJake13

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    Following a similar system to @beccasunbear :

    UK

    Amazona Zoo
    Banham Zoo
    Bison Centre
    Bristol Zoo
    Chessington World of Adventures
    Chester Zoo
    Colchester Zoo
    Edinburgh Zoo
    Exmoor Zoo
    Hamerton Zoo
    The Hawk Conservancy
    Howletts Wild Animal Park
    Linton Zoo
    London Zoo
    Longleat
    Marwell Zoo
    Monkey World
    Newquay Zoo
    Paignton Zoo
    Paradise Park (Hayle)
    Port Lympne Reserve
    Shaldon Wildlife Trust
    Tropiquaria
    Twycross Zoo
    Whipsnade Zoo
    Woburn Safari Park
    Wingham Wildlife Park
    Porfell Wild Animal Sanctuary
    Living Coasts
    Wild Place Project

    USA
    Bronx Zoo
    Central Park Zoo

    Europe
    Antwerp Zoo
    Planckendael
    Pairi Daiza
    Vallee des Singes
    Oceanopolis
    Duisburg Zoo
    Artis Zoo
    Apenheul
    Burgers' Zoo
    Safaripark Beekse Bergen
    Dierenrijk
    Ouwehands Dierenpark
    GaiaZOO
    Diergaarde Blijdorp
    Vogelpark Avifauna
    Dolfinarium Hardewijk
    Emmen Zoo (not Wildlands)
    Loro Parque
    Palmitos Park
    Cocodrilos Park
    Madrid Zoo

    This leaves me at a total of 53 zoos visited in my lifetime (with at least 11 more to be added this year)
     
  17. animal_expert01

    animal_expert01 Well-Known Member

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    Australia:
    1. Australia Zoo
    2. Wildlife HQ
    3. SEALIFE Mooloolaba
    4. SeaWorld
    5. Dream world
    6. David Fleay Wildlife Park
    7. Currumbin Sanctuary
    8. Melbourne Zoo
    9. Taronga Zoo
    10. Wild Life Sydney
    11. SEALIFE Sydeny
    12. Melbourne Aquarium
    13. Werribee Open Range Zoo
    14. Taronga Open Plain Zoo
    15. Darling Downs Zoo
    16. Dolphin Marine Magic
    17. Alma Park Zoo
    18. Irukandji Shark and Ray Centre

    Singapore:
    19. Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
    20. Underwater World Singapore
    21. Singapore Zoo
    22. Jurong Bird Park
    23. Singapore Night Safari
    24. Singapore River Safari

    New Zealand:
    25. Kiwi Birdlife Park
    26. Auckland Zoo
     
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  18. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member

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    I found on another website it was still extent in November 2009, but that is the only mention I can find of it.
     
  19. Okapipako

    Okapipako Well-Known Member

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    My list is pretty puny! I haven't seen any outside the US, and even then only the east coast. I haven't lived too long and don't have a lot of opportunities for travel :c

    Zoo Atlanta
    Georgia Aquarium
    Birmingham Zoo
    Montgomery Zoo
    Disney's Animal Kingdom
    Busch Gardens Tampa
    SeaWorld Orlando
    St. Augustine Alligator Farm
    Ripley's Aquarium (South Carolina)
    Tennessee Aquarium
    North Carolina Zoo
    Smithsonian National Zoo
    Bronx Zoo
    Baltimore Aquarium

    ... and a handful of much smaller local places throughout the southeast whose names I just can't remember. Miami, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Memphis have been on the cards for a while.
     
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  20. agnmeln

    agnmeln Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had Smithsonian on my list for so long!