10 unique zoos of the world

Zoos can be so much more than mere collections of animals in enclosures. Some offer unforgettable experiences. Here are 10 singular zoological institutions to put on your animal lover’s travel list.

Text by Douglas Grey | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Apr 1, 2013 3:20PM
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Want a croc or gator experience? Come to Florida. Swim in any of our natural rivers or waterway. You'll have that gator experience. :)
Apr 1, 2013 12:10PM
Mar 28, 2013 10:52AM
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tiger looks awefully sad and tortured there doesn't it?

 

Mar 24, 2013 9:06PM
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This article is not well researched or well written. If it was safe and humane to visit and engage in these activities, you'd be able to do it at a Disney park. 
Mar 24, 2013 1:11PM
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How DISGUSTING!!!! Anything..in the name of Currency!!!!!!!...Money!! How would YOU?..Like to be an animal locked up, locked away forever? When one of these animals take a plug, takes a nice tasty bite outta one of these tourist, then you wanna kill him!! Hundreds of yrs from now, we will truly be looked back upon as a really primative culture.
Mar 24, 2013 12:53PM
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I could not agree more! This certainly is the most depressing article I've read in years. Arrogant, ugly humans exploiting sentient beings for laughs and photos. Humans as usual taking the low road.  Will not be so funny the next time one of the animals, mauls, eats rips, etc. just doing what the creator intended.  And who will pay the ultimate price, of course the innocent animal and given a tag of "man eater", and that it had to be destroyed because naturally once they have tasted humans ...why not we are flesh and blood and good source of protein for some animals. I am sick that for all our (man) advancement we have barely managed to stand and walk and are in the process of destroying this world.
Mar 24, 2013 12:45PM
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responding to somebody's suggestion :TIGER TEMPLE IN THAILAND IS ONE OF THE WORST PLACES A TOURIST COULD GO. THE FACILITY HAS BEEN BATTLING LAWSUITS FROM SEVERAL ANIMAL WELFARE INVESTIGATIONS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. THEY'RE FIGHTING EVIDENCE OF SMUGGLING TIGERS AND DEAD TIGER PARTS INTO TO TRADITIONAL MEDICINE TRADE. DON'T ****ING GO THERE.

All of these places advertised are extremely exploitative since the animal and human guests are constantly put at risk each time the animal interactions occur. You can't argue the encounter is guaranteed safe when multiple animal handlers have to stand by armed with prods and hidden away weapons to over power the animal if something were to go awry. If you buy into the notion this is safe and educational, and by patronizing these facilities to aid in true conservation efforts of wild animals you are mistaken. If you choose to believe so with out speculation on who your money is really supporting, you're an idiot. You don't see accredited zoos in the U.S. letting guest wrestle a damn bear. What the hell does that teach you? What did you learn about the species at the end of the day? How strong a captive, trained, possibly drugged bear can be when he's playing around and be dominated by "caregivers"? THIS TRAVEL ARTICLE IS A JOKE MSN.
Mar 24, 2013 12:17PM
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This is the most depressing article I've read in years. Arrogant, ugly humans exploiting sentient beings for laughs and photos. Ugh. 
Mar 24, 2013 11:58AM
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Irresponsible and showing utter disrespect for the animals.
Mar 24, 2013 11:36AM
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The fact that you are advertising a crocodile farm that sells it's attractions skins for retail is despicable.  The animal skin trade is violent and horrible and I was incredibly disappointed that you would promote this attraction.
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