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San Diego Zoo and Animal Park

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The San Diego Zoo and Animal Park must be one of, if not the, most ethically run zoos the world. While giving the animals a home away most resembling home, it still more than meets the demands of zoo visitors.

Exhibits are designed around particular habitats, meaning that animals that would co-exist in the wild are found near to each other in a native (to the animals) environment. Exhibits such as the Ituri Forest allow you to see monkeys hanging about with sea otters while you’re getting up close with the hippos and learning about the real Ituri rainforest in the Congo. The attention to detail and search for authenticity doesn’t just stop there -San Diego Zoo is a pioneer in ‘cageless’ exhibits. This means that you can really get up close to the animals while nifty features such as piano wire providing see-through barriers keep you and the little ones out of harm’s way.

The Park is also dedicated to providing an authentic taste of the wild for both animal and visitor. With the open-range enclosures, visitors are taken on tram tours of habitats representing the Asian plains, North Africa, Asian waterholes, Southern Africa and East Africa, which is the largest. As well as the tram the park has a tethered balloon ride that takes visitors high in the sky to get an aerial view of the attractions. The Park also houses the Paul Harter Veterinary Centre, a state-of-the-art hospital considered to be the largest and most sophisticated zoo hospital in the world so you can really rest in the comfort of knowing that these animals are being treated with the utmost care.

There’s always something new to see at the San Diego Zoo, with different events and programs occurring throughout the year. Its sheer scale may tire the younger explorer quickly but it makes for a memorable adventure.

San Diego Zoo Website.

Written by  John Johnston.

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