ZOO & MORE LINKS
...this is a list of the zoos that we've visited
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Birmingham Zoo ...a nice zoo to visit. Nice space to walk ...several areas to sit and just enjoy the day.
Montgomery Zoo "no link found" ...Dr. Jack (the zoo's veterinarian) took us on a tour of the zoo.
Detroit Zoo ... a nice family zoo. Sometimes there are long walks between exhibits. Recently gave up their elephants to house in a larger, warmer area.
John Ball Zoological ... a nice sized zoo for a day visit.
Binder Park Zoo ... their African area is worth a visit. You can sit for hours watching the giraffe and zebras roam in a LARGE area.
Potter Zoo ... a smaller zoo in the capital city of Lansing. A great place to take the kids.
Frederik Meijer Gardens ... usually in March they begin their free flight butterfly exhibit.
San Diego Zoo ... a larger zoo. Many of our animals we see around the states are on loan from this zoo.
Animal Park ... here you will find large habitat areas.
Seaworld ... this park was smaller than Seaworld in Florida.
District of Columbia - Washington DC
National Zoo ... very hilly walk around these animals. Nice viewing areas.
** Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation Inc ... devoted to the love and care of their family group. Please donate what you can to help with their care.
** The Big Cat Rescue ... the love of cats, and their needs opened this rescue center. Please donate what you can to help with their care.
** Jungle Friends ... many x-pets and labs monkeys living here. Please donate what you can to help with their care.
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa ... one of my favorite zoos to visit.
Lion Safari ... drive through this park.
Miami Zoo ... something to see in every step you take.
Naples Zoo ... a smaller zoo. We enjoyed the boat ride around the primate islands.
Jacksonville ... a nice way to spend the afternoon by walking around this zoo.
Dolphin Research ... built on the edges of the ocean's coast.
Busch Gardens ... being able to watch the chimps in their larger habitat area is my favorite way to spend the day here.
Florida Aquarium ... close up with underwater adventures.
Dinosaur World ... wonderfully constructed dinosaurs in nice jungle settings. Here you can see a hint of the past.
SeaWorld Orlando ... dolphins, whales and more.
Discovery Cove ... swim with the dolphins.
Gaterland ... several gators to watch in and out of the water. Keep your eyes open for baby gaters.
Disney's Animal Kingdom ... you will find a few animals here and there throughout the park. Take the safari ride to see the elephants. Mostly you'll notice the magic of Disney as you hike around the twisting trail.
Atlanta Zoo ... a nice smaller zoo for your family to visit. Your kids will enjoy the area built just for them.
Brookfield Zoo ... the walk through primate building is a nice addition at this zoo.
Henson Robinson Zoo ... a small walk around this zoo. Very nicely landscaped.
Shedd Aquarium ... several small and larger aquariums.
Potawatomi Zoo ... a medium sized zoo, very nice family zoo.
Black Pine Animal Park ... many of the animals who live here were taken in because they needed new homes.
Ft.Wayne Children's Zoo ... kids will LOVE this zoo. Just the right size for them.
Indianapolis Zoo ... they do not honor the AZA membership cards (my card is from Toledo Zoo). Inside and outside places to see.
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden ... very nice Rhino area. Hilly!
Sedgwick County Zoo ... we enjoyed our visit here.
Sunset Zoo .. a great place for an afternoon visit.
Topeka Zoo ... we liked visiting the gorilla and oragutan area.
Louisville ... walk the winding path up and down the big hill. Find your way to the large gorilla area, watch for them on the inside and outside.
Kansas City Zoo ... a very long walking zoo that takes you to many animals.
St Louis Zoo ... one of the older zoos, with many of their buildings still standing strong. A great place to visit.
Dickerson Zoo ... a smaller zoo that makes it nice for an outing for families and their kids.
Omaha Zoo ... lots of inside exhibits.
Cape May Zoo ... a smaller zoo... NO food, not even snacks for your little kids are allowed in this zoo.
Central Park Zoo ... a smaller zoo right smack in the middle of this VERY large city.
Bronx Zoo ... nice open exhibits. For the most part, open to the view of a camera. I enjoyed visiting their gorilla area.
North Carolina Zoo ... a nice long walk will take you to each of the animals habitats. Most areas are nice and large.
Toledo Zoo ... one of my favorite zoos to visit. Not a large zoo... just big enough for a nice day out with the kids.
The ButterflyHouse ... if you want a great place to take photos of beautiful butterflies, this is the place to visit.
Cincinnati Zoo ...
Cleveland Zoo ... walk way to the right, way up the hill... walk way to the left, way up the hill... or take their free tram ride! Big Smile! This zoo has different bears, more than any other zoo I've visited. It's nice to see them all in one spot.
SeaWorld ... SeaWorld Ohio is no longer there.
Oklahoma City Zoo ... a good sized zoo for a days visit for the family.
Tulsa Zoo ...
Pittsburgh Zoo ... you have to take an elevator (or steps) to get UP to this zoo. It is built on the side of a mountain. Very pretty setting!
Philadelphia Zoo ... one of the very first zoos in America.
Zoo America ... a small zoo in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The smell of chocolate is in the air! Mmmmmm!
Knoxville Zoo ... walk under a canopy of trees along the path that takes you up and down the hills.
... I like this zoo!
Nashville ... a very nice area for their elephants. Many new areas are being added for the animals.
Tennessee Aquarium ... start at the top, and walk down to view all the tank HUGE tanks.
Warner Park Zoo ... a small cute zoo.
Toronto Zoo ... very large zoo, lots of walking area.
MarineLand ... sometimes it seems there were way to many animals in each of the habitat areas.
** Sanctuary - Rescue Centers
My Favorite to Visit
Animals/habitats... Space/landscape... overall zoo
Most of the zoos are good for handicappers... but... suggestion to zoos... please put in automatic door openers, or push handicap buttons for easier excess to your inside buildings.
SD (service dog).
I started Holly (sheltie) out young age (prior to this I took SD Heidi - yorkie) going to zoos and theme parks... due to that is part of my life...
that's what I do... visiting those places for photos and ideas for my children's website.
Once she had all her shots and she had to know obedience including at least how to sit, stay, walk, be quiet (NO barking). It is second nature for her now. She does like to watch the animals.
Some zoos will give you instructions about their animals and where or where not you should go.
Most zoos I have gone to are more than happy to give us water/ice for our girls. We carry a collapsible bowl.
Monkeys (have tails)... if they gather together and start chattering... leave their area.
Apes (have no tails, gorillas, chimps, orangutans)... they may come over to look at the dog. If they begin jumping, being noisy, hitting windows, start throwing things... leave their area. Some will come to look as they do not get to see dogs. If they are just passing by, or come to sit and look, you are ok.
Tigers and other big cats... if they begin to go low to the ground... look like they are ready to pounce... leave their area.
Hoofed animals... please, no barking as it may stir them up and make them run. They become spooked and may hurt their legs. If doggy starts to bark... shut em up... leave the area.
Meerkats will get their noses going... and start to gather. If they look over excited... leave their area.
I do not take my dogs into any open areas such as free flight bird areas or petting areas where animals are open to the public. I stay on the outside of the fences and cages.
I have not had any problems with free roaming peacocks. But I have heard of some having problems with turkeys and guinea hens.
FIND A ZOO
American Zoo & Aquarium
Child Magazine's Top 20 Zoo List -2004
1. Lowry Park Zoo (FL)
2. San Diego Zoo (CA)
3. Oklahoma City Zoo (OK)
4. Brookfield Zoo (IL)
5. Phoenix Zoo (AZ)
6. Cincinnati Zoo (OH)
7. Bronx Zoo (NY)
8. Toledo Zoo (OH)
9. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo (IN)
10. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (OH)
11. Saint Louis Zoo (MO)
12. Houston Zoo (TX)
13. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
14. Indianapolis Zoo (IN)
15. Zoo Atlanta (GA)
16. Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum (OK)
17. Fort Worth Zoo (TX)
18. Audubon Zoo (LA)
19. Potawatomi Zoo (IN)
20. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE)
Billy Bear has visited.
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