Zoological Park (Zoo) - one of the unique laboratories for the conservation of wildlife diversity and wildlife museum, created by man, it is a scientific and educational institution. Today zoos are springing up everywhere. Sometimes they contain only a few animals, besides bad conditions tourists still paying attention to such places. However, there are zoos in the world, a visit to which will leave a lasting impression. It is here that you have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the animals that in their natural environment are extremely rare. Thanks to these parks, some unique species continue their race, as they are being protected from both the person and the natural rivals. Let's speak about the ten most striking zoos from all the four continents.
Austrian Schonbrunner Zoo is the oldest in the country and in the world in general, it is already more than 250 years old. The date of its discovery appears far in 1752, the zoo has long been closed to public access. Husband of Empress Maria Theresa was the one who founded this resting place. The park covers an area of 17 hectares and during its existence is has become an integral part of Austria's history. Local old trees hide the imperial residence in the baroque style. Here, in 1883 it was built glass-metal designed construction "Palm House". No wonder that for many visitors the zoo is not only a place of rare animals, but also part of the historical heritage of the former great empire. Local attractions are tropical house, where you can feel like in the jungle of Borneo and the Arctic "Polyarium" where you can see whales and penguins.
American San Diego Zoo, may be considered as the most progressive zoo in the world. The area of a hundred acres can be observed with the help of the monorail or a special tourist bus. Here you can find the largest population of giant pandas that live in their natural environment. In order for this rare and capricious kind to be caught up here, a huge and unique collection of plants was established. Among them you can find about twenty species of eucalyptus, and about 40 species bamboo. Today, the San Diego Zoo is home for about 4,800 animals, and this figure is constantly growing. Famous Balboa Park has become home for animals. Various museums are also located there. This Zoo gives its visitors the opportunity to visit various parts of the planet - from the African savannah to the Siberian taiga.
Czech zoo - Prague Zoological Garden, although it is small in size it takes its rightful place in our list. 110 acres are home for 630 species, a total of 4,600 individuals are living there. Not so long ago, rare animals were born in this zoo - Southern Pudu and Komodo dragon. In Prague, the population of unique Rothschild giraffes is gradually increasing. This Czech zoo gained fame as a home for rare species that are on the brink of extinction. The garden was opened in 1931, there are two levels that are connected by cable car. The most popular pavilion is "Indonesian jungle" in which the tropical setting is most vividly expressed. For a small fee, you can even become the adopter of the beloved animal for the whole year, and it will be reported on the special table.
American Bronx Zoo is the largest in the country, and it was opened in 1899. It is from here, famous heroes of the cartoon "Madagascar" escaped to freedom. This New York reserve area of 107 acres contains more than 4,000 species of animals, most of which are endangered. The park is divided into several segments, the most popular among the visitors is the Asian section. The monorail Wild Asia passes through it, and allows you to see all the zoo Asian landscapes. However, you can walk through the tropical jungle by yourself, stepping over the reptiles and fending off monkeys.
Berlin Zoological Garden was laid in 1844. The zoo was built on personal order of Friedrich Wilhelm IV, here reflected the change of epochs and styles. Today the capital's main zoo is the home to nearly 1,400 species. The area of about 35 hectares of garden is being visited by more than 3 million people annually. In the zoo, some buildings were erected in the style of native countries of animals (home of buffalo, antelope house), there are also sculptures of animals and monuments of the dead inhabitants not far from their home pavilions. Zoo managed to recover after the Second World War, when there was only a hundred animals remaining. Berlin Zoo is the largest park in which there are no normal cells. And this place is also a part of the history.
French Zoo de Beauval was once just a large aviary. Since 1980, only the birds were kept, and 10 years later the first species of animals appeared, mainly from Africa. Today this zoo encounters 4,000 animals living on 22 hectares. There is even marine life. This collection of animals is the largest in France. Zoologists estimate that local animals consume 3 tons of food daily! White tigers and manatees brought the fame to the zoo. In the zoo, all the animals, with the exception of 2 female white rhino, were born in captivity and received on an exchange program. Visitors are advised to spend all day on a review of the local fauna, although the compressed program lasts 4 hours.
The popular Swiss Basel Zoo is being affectionately called Zolli by the locals. This place was built in 1874, today it is annually visited by about one million tourists. This allowed the zoo to become the second in the country i in attendance among the monuments of history and culture. In Basel park there are about six thousand individuals - a hundred species, many of which are quite rare. The most popular place in the zoo is a vivarium, which clearly shows visitors how animals evolved species. The park is quite well located - in the heart of the city and close to the station. Quite a small area you can walk around in just two to three hours.
However, the most popular zoo in the world is Animal Kingdom, which has become the embodiment of love to the characters of Disney. To do this in the US city of Orlando has created a park, which is divided into seven thematic sections. In the center there is a Tree of Life, which is 40 meters in height. In its artificial crown there are 325 plaster casts of animals, there is even the beloved Mickey Mouse. The park has a mythic section – Dinoland, where you can meet the dinosaurs and dragons. Safari Village offers a plunge into the unforgettable world of the original safari, although there can be seen not only African animals. In the Asian section, you can try to overcome the raging river (rafting) or carefully walk on the tiger trail. In the "Minnie and Mickey Camp" you can enjoy a real Disney show "Feast of The Lion King." It is safe to state that the Animal Kingdom Zoo is a good example of how to weave reality with ephemeral, to make the transition from the cartoon world into the real world of animals.