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Oct 12, 2018 - 4:47:23 AM

mander

USA

2576 posts since 10/7/2007

When I was little, our City zoo, which actually got it's start in someone's basement, was not much more than a concrete animal prison. Over my life time, it transformed into something I consider amazing. I love our zoo. Having seen how far we've come, I tend to be a little prideful over it, and if someone really wants to ruffle my feathers, they'll tell me their zoo is better than my zoo.

Someone did that recent. I'm licking my wounds.

However, never should it be said, I'm not willing to be open minded on this topic.

While my zoo is obviously the best zoo, because, hey, it is, we all know that to be a fact, I would like to determine who has the second best zoo?

Who wants to nominate their zoo favorite zoo? What makes it the best zoo for you?

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:05:10 AM
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I've heard the San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the nation (I've never been there).

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:47:51 AM
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Trewq36

Canada

1834 posts since 11/30/2007

Toronto Zoo | Canada's premier Zoo

When I was a kid it was a five minute walk from me and I would go there all the time. But as with Mander's it was a concrete animal prison. Today it is Huge with lots of space for the inmates, but it means a Lot of walking for the visitors.

We are excited to announce that Kindia, a 12- year-old female pygmy hippopotamus, gave birth to a female calf on Friday August 10 at 10:52 pm.

Kinda

Edited by - Trewq36 on 10/12/2018 06:52:47

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:50:41 AM

1653 posts since 4/29/2012

I'm a member of the ZSL (Zoological society of London ) and regularly visit their city zoo in Regents Park. But my favourite is their country zoo at Whipsnade where the animals that need a lot of space live. Jersey Zoo with it's history of conservation education and outreach also get my vote, though I've only been there once.

Edited by - AndrewD on 10/12/2018 06:51:25

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:55:58 AM

877 posts since 2/10/2013

The complete reversal of attitude has dramatically changed the character of zoos. Zoo managers talk about developing zoos for the animals, not the spectators. As a result, these places is more interesting for viewers, and more enjoyable for the animals residing there.

I never think of the San Diego Zoo as a "zoo". It seems to be more like a large animal preserve. Creatures living there are probably living better lives than their wild counterparts.

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:10:40 AM
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figmo59

USA

28189 posts since 3/5/2008

Washington...dc.. :0)

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:57:14 AM

Brian T

Canada

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San Diego (Bird House). Sydney Australia/Taronga Park/ Platypus habitat. Melbourn Australia/Butterfly House.
I think those exhibits are a reflection of policy for the welfare of all the other animals of all sizes.
Any large, well labelled botanic garden.
My kids tell me that the Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) needs to be on your bucket list.

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:00:19 AM
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I grew up in San Diego, and the zoo and the Wild Animal Park (or whatever they renamed it to) are distinct features of my childhood. That being said, I found the Central Park Zoo to be surprisingly charming.

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:33:56 AM

raybob

USA

13233 posts since 12/11/2003

I went to the Madrid zoo when I was there long ago. I thought their cat exhibit was great. They gave them a lot of room to play together, and they had toys and a large moat to play and swim in. I'd never seen large cats in that kind of setting. Watching them move around running and jumping, not just pacing the cage, was pretty cool. And seeing a large cat move through the water was awesome. They go through it so quickly, like it's not even there. Prey in the water wouldn't have a chance.

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:29:49 AM

KE

Malta

22839 posts since 6/30/2006

The Henry Dorley Zoo in Omaha is very good. Certainly under-appreciated.

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:08:53 AM

KE

Malta

22839 posts since 6/30/2006

The St. Louis Zoo has got to be the best free zoo in the country. No admission charge, paid by local taxes along with free art museum, history museum and science center. It's a great boon for families on a budget. Did I mention "free"?

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:00:37 PM
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I'd agree that San Diego and St Louis, are among the very best in the country, if not the top two, in that order.

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:33:20 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by OldBlindGuy

I've heard the San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the nation (I've never been there).


I remember when the San Diego (Balboa Park) zoo got koalas—it was 1958, I think.  We stood in line a long time to get in and see them!  (We lived in El Cajon at that time.)

The zoo in Topeka, Kansas, is small but very nice.

And, of course, the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is considered one of the best.

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:53:59 PM

RonR

USA

1285 posts since 11/29/2012

Philadelphia Zoo and San Diego Zoo were impressive. We had the best time with the grandkids at the Cape May New Jersey Zoo.Its a small zoo,its free, and they had a place to picnic on a lake.

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:27:05 PM

Owen

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I was at this one https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-rock-lovers-say-goodbye-to-the-zoo-after-last-halloween-hurrah-1.3298751 many times back when I was young(er)... it's now closed, but it used to be pretty good.

I never was at this one,  https://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-zoo-fort-st-james    but I heard reports that it was pretty "lively."   It too is now closed.

What's in a name, anyway?   

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:33:57 PM
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Mooooo

USA

5031 posts since 8/20/2016

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Originally posted by CW Spook

I'd agree that San Diego and St Louis, are among the very best in the country, if not the top two, in that order.


I agree 99% except, the freeness of the St Louis Zoo makes it more fun for my wallet which makes it more fun for me, all of which makes it better (to me). Whenever I go to St. Louis, I make it a point to visit the zoo and avoid the pizza.

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:45:56 PM

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Originally posted by Rawhide Creek
 

I remember when the San Diego (Balboa Park) zoo got koalas—it was 1958, I think.  We stood in line a long time to get in and see them!  (We lived in El Cajon at that time.)

 


Funny, I've got almost the exact same story but it was 1988 and Pandas.  I also lived in El Cajon.

My mom always likes to tell about how they would let the kids ride the galapogos tortoises when she was a kid.  One of the ones that she possibly had ridden on was alive until 2015. 

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Oct 12, 2018 - 4:04:17 PM

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Originally posted by prooftheory
quote:
Originally posted by Rawhide Creek
 

I remember when the San Diego (Balboa Park) zoo got koalas—it was 1958, I think.  We stood in line a long time to get in and see them!  (We lived in El Cajon at that time.)

 


Funny, I've got almost the exact same story but it was 1988 and Pandas.  I also lived in El Cajon.

My mom always likes to tell about how they would let the kids ride the galapogos tortoises when she was a kid.  One of the ones that she possibly had ridden on was alive until 2015. 


Actually, I just looked and the zoo still has several that would have been around when she was a small child.

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:12:58 PM
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8153 posts since 2/22/2007

Wow all these positive replies to a zoo thread! The last time here that I mentioned a nice day at the zoo I was excoriated as a supporter of animal abuse. Perhaps it's still early---------

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:24:50 PM
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Paul R

Canada

10797 posts since 1/28/2010

This is the best zoo, where two crazy animals look after two crazy humans.




Oct 13, 2018 - 12:17:10 AM

1653 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by banjo bill-e

Wow all these positive replies to a zoo thread! The last time here that I mentioned a nice day at the zoo I was excoriated as a supporter of animal abuse. Perhaps it's still early---------


So far people are recommending zoos with international reputations for conservation and animal welfare.  San Diego, London, St Louis. Taronga , Jersey etc.  that are constituted as non-profits . There are still many zoos, mainly commercial  "menageries",  where a nice day for you isn't necessarily a nice day for the inmates.

Oct 13, 2018 - 8:35:19 AM
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rinemb

USA

10523 posts since 5/24/2005

I am a real Homer on this one. Wichita Kansas has one of the finest modern zoos in the country. It ought to be, with all of the public and private money they spend on it. I remember the original campaign when I was still in school, "boo hoo, we need a new zoo". Brad

Oct 13, 2018 - 11:15:42 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by prooftheory
quote:
Originally posted by prooftheory
quote:
Originally posted by Rawhide Creek
 

I remember when the San Diego (Balboa Park) zoo got koalas—it was 1958, I think.  We stood in line a long time to get in and see them!  (We lived in El Cajon at that time.)

 


Funny, I've got almost the exact same story but it was 1988 and Pandas.  I also lived in El Cajon.

My mom always likes to tell about how they would let the kids ride the galapogos tortoises when she was a kid.  One of the ones that she possibly had ridden on was alive until 2015. 


Actually, I just looked and the zoo still has several that would have been around when she was a small child.


Thanks for reminding me of memories:  I used to ride the tortoises, too!  (I think that area was called “the children’s zoo”).

Oct 13, 2018 - 2:51:43 PM

3700 posts since 11/29/2005

Gotta go with the San Diego Zoo and the National Zoo in Washington, DC, for separate reasons.
I've been to the Portland Zoo, and do agree that it is one of the best that I've seen, but it doesn't out-do S.D., sorry.

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