So what is the largest zoo in the world? I wouldn’t know, but good thing I love researching things. The answer to this question depends on what criteria is used for the term “large”; are we talking about the number of species held in captivity or the total land area covered by the zoo? I think it’s better to consider both those features, and thus I came up with this interesting list. Here are the 8 largest zoos out there. Feel free to visit them all!
8. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit location, just north of Columbus, Ohio. Home to over 5,000 animals, representing over 700 species divided into geographic regions of the world, this zoo started work to expand the 82 acres (37 ha) zoo over the next 10 years a while back. The 120 acres expansion is planned to include a polar environment as well as an African savanna.
7. Moscow Zoo
Open for visitors since 1864, the Moscow Zoo is one of the oldest places to enjoy animals in Europe. Today, the Moscow Zoo has over 6000 animals, representing 927 species and covers an area of about 53 acres (21.5 ha). Obviously, it’s the biggest one in Russia.
6. San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is famous around the world, with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. The 100 acres (40 ha) of parkland is leased from the City of San Diego. The sunny maritime climate of southern California is well suited to many animals and almost all of the major exhibits of the San Diego Zoo are in the open-air.
5. Toronto Zoo
Located in Toronto and encompassing 710 acres (287 ha), this is the largest zoo in Canada. The zoo is currently home to over 16,000 animals representing over 491 species. The animals are divided into seven geographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain.
4. Bronx Zoo
Opened in 1899, the Bronx Zoo in New York City is the biggest metropolitan zoo in the United States, comprising 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats. Home to more than 4,000 animals of 650 species, many of which are endangered, this locations comprises exhibits such as World of Birds and World of Reptiles, arranged by taxonomy, while others, such as African Plains and Wild Asia, are arranged geographically.
3. Beijing Zoo
Founded in 1906 during the late Qing Dynasty, the Beijing Zoo has one of the largest animal collections in China. The zoo is home to 14,500 animals representing over 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals. It occupies an area of 219 acres (89 ha) and is probably best known for its collection of rare animals endemic to China including the Giant Pandas, which are the park’s most popular attraction.
2. Berlin Zoological Garden
Opened in 1844, the Berlin Zoological Garden is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. It covers 84 acres (34 ha) and is located in Berlin’s Tiergarten. With more than 1,500 different species and around 17,000 animals the zoo presents the largest collection of species in the world.
1. Henry Doorly Zoo
The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is home to about 17,000 animals of 962 species. It encompasses over 130 acres (53 ha) of land area. Although there are bigger zoos in terms of acreage or species numbers, none rank as high as the Henry Doorly Zoo if both these categories are combined. It also features the largest cat complex in North America, the world’s largest indoor swamp, the world’s largest indoor desert, as well as the largest glazed geodesic dome in the world.