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Birmingham Zoo - The Birmingham Zoo is
Alabama's most popular not-for-profit attraction,
drawing more than 450,000 visitors annually.
Approximately 750 animals of 250 species call the
122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions,
cheetahs and endangered species from six
continents.

In 1999, the Birmingham Zoo became an
independent not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
In the short time following this privatization, the
Birmingham Zoo has hosted traveling exhibits of
bats, Koalas and Black-Footed Penguins, added
permanent exhibits of a Komodo Dragon and
interactive lorikeet aviary and regained accreditation
with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Most notably, the Zoo completed the Junior League
of Birmingham - Hugh Kaul Children's Zoo, a $15
million anchor exhibit dedicated to children and
devoted to urban, rural and wild animals and
environs of Alabama, in April 2005 to coincide with
the Zoo’s 50 th birthday celebration.
Central Park Zoo (NYC) - WCS's (Wildlife
Conservation Society) jewel-like zoo in Manhattan
has existed only since 1988 - yet its full history
stretches back to the last century. The evolution of
this city landmark launched the modern trend in
urban zoos around the nation: the transformation
of cages and menagerie-style zoos into natural
habitat exhibits that educate, involve, and connect
people to our natural world.

Since the 1860's, animals could be found at Fifth
Avenue and 64th Street in Central Park. At first, the
collection was simply a growing group of donated
animals - from 72 "white swans" to a black bear
cub. In 1864, the State Legislature authorized the
city Parks Commission to establish a zoo, and the
more formal Central Park Menagerie was
established. In 1934, then- Commissioner of Parks
Robert Moses remodeled the Menagerie into the
Central Park Zoo. A Works Progress Administration
(WPA) project, this tiny "storybook" zoo set a
standard for its time - but over the decades,
became a woefully inadequate facility for its
inhabitants.

In April of 1980, WCS signed an agreement with the
City of New York to renovate and operate the zoo
for the Department of Parks and Recreation. WCS
animal and exhibit experts, and architects Kevin
Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates, led the
project. Demolition of most of the buildings began
in the winter of 1983 and continued in 1984;
construction began in the spring of 1985. On
August 8, 1988, the new Central Park Zoo opened
to record crowds and enthusiastic reviews. Today,
this "newest, oldest" zoo attracts nearly 1 million
visitors a year.

From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic
penguin habitat, the zoo leads visitors through
tropic, temperate and polar regions to encounter
fascinating animals - from tiny leafcutter ants to
tremendous polar bears. The Tisch Children's Zoo,
added in 1997, lets little animal lovers meet gentle
creatures up close. Year-round education classes
and innovative public programs - including the zoo's
"Wildlife Theater" -- encourage all ages to learn
more about our natural world, and become involved
in its protection.

Through the American Zoo and Aquarium
Association's (AZA) Species Survival Program, the
zoo is actively involved in helping endangered
species, including rare tamarin monkeys, Wyoming
toads, thick-billed parrots, and red pandas.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Bring your family
to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for an untamed
adventure. Stretching for 90 acres the Zoo is home
to more than 700 wildlife species including big cats,
elephants, gorillas, manatees, bonobos and more!

Asia Quest
Immerse yourself in an ancient Asian city complete
with all the sounds and smells of a Himalayan village
where you will learn about Asian culture through
interactive exhibits and come face to face with Asia’
s rarely seen natural wonders, the animals.
Encounter sun bears, markhor, red pandas,
langurs, Pallas’ cats, giant fruit bats, colorful
pheasants and the majestic, but endangered,
Siberian tiger.

Then, venture through the pachyderm building, the
world’s largest exhibit of its kind, with an attached
panoramic outdoor habitat during the summer
months. Visit Bohdi, an Asian elephant born at the
Zoo in 2004, and the endangered black rhino.

North America
Travel through the Zoo’s largest region and
discover animals living in your own backyard
including cougars, wolverines, otters and bobcats.
Listen to the wolves howl, watch a bald eagle take
flight and experience the power of a bear on the
hunt.

Then, don’t miss Habitat Hollow, a kid-friendly,
interactive area emphasizing the importance of
conservation and recycling. Walk next door to My
Barn to meet and interact with various barnyard
animals such as goats, sheep and chickens.

African Forest
Home to endangered lowland gorillas, rare bonobos,
red river hogs, leopards, okapi, colobus monkey
and over 700 species of plant life indigenous to
Africa, this region is sure to be top on your list.
Explore the bonobo yard and glance into the
fascinating world of these highly endangered and
intelligent great apes.  Then, stop by “Gorillas in the
Round” a special outdoor exhibit where you can
experience the gorillas from every angle including
Colo, the world’s first great ape born in captivity.

Australia
This exciting Australian adventure will transport you
to a world where a kiwi is not a fruit, but a national
bird, lorikeets land on your shoulder to indulge in
bitter-sweet cups of nectar and kangaroos hop
beside you as you uncover the mysteries of the
land down under.

Embark on a simulated Australian night hike at Bob
and Evelyn’s Roadhouse and encounter clouded
leopards, a tree kangaroo, tiger quoll and one of
the largest known porcupines. Then, delve into the
bird sanctuary and lose yourself in the bright colors
and sounds of birds native to Australia.

Complete your Aussie experience with a visit to the
koala exhibit where you can view these tree-loving
marsupials in their natural habitat.

Next, enjoy a stroll through the Kangaroo
Walkabout, a uniquely designed outdoor exhibit
where the kangaroos practically hop along beside
you. Turn the corner and adventure through the
Lorikeet garden where these exotic birds will land on
your shoulder and sip nectar from cups in your
hand.

The Islands of Southeast Asia
Take a jaunt across the Islands of Southeast Asia
to see komodo dragons, orangutans, gibbons,
Asian small-clawed otters and various Indonesian
birds. Surround yourself with architecture native to
the area and learn about the dangers facing these
brilliant animals.

But your Asian voyage doesn’t end there. Be sure
to sail through the Islands on the Indonesian water
taxi, a family friendly boat ride providing a unique
view of the animals and their habitats.

The Shores
Dive into the shores region and come eye-to-eye
with a West Indian manatee, housed in one of only
three manatee facilities outside of Florida, Manatee
Coast. Watch as electric colored fish and sharks
swim by in our 100,000 gallon saltwater tank, find
out what it’s like to touch a starfish at the Tidepool
Touchtank and explore one of the finest indoor
reptile exhibits in the world, the Reptile Building.
Denver Zoo - A short story about a long history
and a promising future...

It all began with a special gift to the mayor of
Denver, a black bear named Billy Bryan. Today,
Denver Zoo is home to nearly 4,000 animals
representing over 700 species and is one of the
most popular zoos in the United States.

With an exciting 15-20 year master plan in place,
the 21st century will see Denver Zoo transformed
into an exciting conservation center that will
continue to further the evolution of superb zoo
exhibitory.

A direction for today and promise for tomorrow

Denver Zoo Mission: To provide a wildlife
conservancy which offers high-quality experiences in
an urban recreational setting. To provide
environmental education which inspires public
awareness of global conservation. To engage in
scientific programs which make meaningful
contributions to the conservation of animals and
their ecosystems.

Denver Zoo Vision: Denver Zoo will be
internationally respected as a leader in animal care
and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific
study, environmental education and public service.
Houston Zoo - The Houston Zoo provides a fun,
unique, and inspirational experience fostering
appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural
world.

Essentially a small city encompassing a world of
ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is
made up of many moving parts. We have over
4,500 permanent residents (our animals) for whom
we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes,
even education! In addition, we have 1.5 million
guests each year who come to experience our
incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well
as attend special private and public events and
entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around
the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running
smoothly for the safety and well being of our
residents and guests.
Indianapolis Zoo - The Indianapolis Zoo has grown
into a world-class facility hosting a million visitors
each year and playing a major role in worldwide
conservation and research, including accomplishing
the world’s first successful artificial insemination of
an African elephant.  The Indianapolis Zoo is located
in White River State Park downtown and is the only
attraction accredited by the American Zoo and
Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American
Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and
a botanic garden.
Jacksonville Zoo (FL) - The Zoo opened in the
Springfield section of Jacksonville on May 12, 1914
with an animal collection that started with one red
deer fawn.

Several domestic animals were added later and a
"monkey island" was established. On July 19, 1925,
the Municipal Zoo, as it was then known, opened at
its present site bordering on the Trout River.
Starting with 37.5 acres, the Zoo continued to
grow, reaching its present 89 acres.  In December
2003, the Zoo name was officially changed from the
Jacksonville Zoo to the Jacksonville Zoo and
Gardens. The Zoo is in the process of becoming
officially recognized as a botanical garden.

One of the Zoo's most significant, early animal
purchases was a female Asian elephant, "Miss Chic,"
bought in 1926 with money raised by local school
children. The other most significant animal in the
Zoo's history was a jaguar named "Zorro."

Zorro was a male, wild-born black (or "melanistic")
jaguar that arrived at the Zoo in August 1967. At
that time, black jaguars were very rare in captivity.
Zorro was at the  Zoo until his death in September
1986. During his time he produced many kittens
that were sent to other zoos across North America.
When investigated in the spring of 2003, there was
not a current North American captive born black
jaguar that was not a descendant of Zorro.

By the end of the 1960s, the Zoo was reputed to
have the largest collection of exotic animals in the
Southeast, but it had fallen on hard times and a
great deal of money was needed to save the Zoo.
Community leaders, under the direction of Mayor
Hans Tanzler, appointed a seven-member
committee to search for an alternative to closing the
Zoo.

The Jacksonville Zoological Society subsequently
came into being in April 1971, having grown from
the seven-member committee to 85 of the city's
most influential leaders. The Society began
managing the Zoo on June 21, 1971.

The City of Jacksonville contracts with the Society
to manage all phases of the operation of the Zoo.
All property, including animals, equipment, and all
improvements, belong to the city, which in turn
contributes an annual subsidy to offset some of the
Zoo's operating expenses. All other Zoo expenses
are paid through revenues earned from admissions,
concession sales, memberships, the Animal Care
Club program, group sales, the Annual Fund,
sponsorships, grants and several fundraising
events. The Zoo serves a two-state area within a
100-mile radius of the facility.

A major redevelopment of the Zoo began in 1992.
Through a combination of River City Renaissance
funds and donations from the private sector, $22.5
million has been raised to complete Phase One of
the Master Plan. Projects completed include a new
front entry gate and parking lot, the Main Camp
entrance, Birds of the Rift Valley Aviary, Great Apes,
an expanded train ride, an elephant and breeding
complex, RiverBranch Foundation Animal Medical
Center, the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus,
and redevelopment of the 11-acre Plains of East
Africa.
Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) - Lincoln Park Zoo is a
world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers.
Located within a verdant park just minutes north of
Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for
generations of animal lovers, who come to hear a
lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see
gorillas climb trees as the Sears Tower looms in the
distance, or forget where they are as they immerse
themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests
or spacious savannas.

We invite you to the wildest spot in Chicago, where
each year millions of visitors marvel at wild wonders
as they play and learn about the natural world in a
living, breathing, roaring classroom.
Los Angeles Zoo - The Los Angeles Zoo is owned
and operated by the City of Los Angeles. From its
opening in 1966 until 1997, the Zoo operated as a
division of the City’s Recreation and Parks
Department. On July 1, 1997, the Zoo became its
own city department, with a clearer and direct voice
to the City Council and more direct control over its
operations.

The City of Los Angeles owns the entire Zoo, its
land and facilities, and the animals. Animal care,
grounds maintenance, construction, education,
public information, and administrative staff are City
employees.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA)
was created in 1963 as a private, nonprofit,
fundraising organization to support the new Zoo.
Today, GLAZA provides support through
fundraising, membership, organizing special events
and travel programs, producing award-winning
publications, coordinating one of the largest zoo
volunteer programs in the country, administering
the contract for visitor services concessions within
the Zoo, and supporting community relations, and
public relations.
Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle, WA) - For more than
100 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been a
cherished community resource and a unique urban
oasis. Generations of Puget Sound families have
come to the zoo to marvel at the animals and be
inspired by the peaceful and beautiful surroundings.

Woodland Park Zoo encompasses 92 acres and
features more than 1,090 individual animals
representing nearly 300 species. The grounds are
divided into what are known as bioclimatic zones,
the unique habitats around the world, from tropical
rain forests to the frigid climes of the Far North.

The zoo manages the largest live animal collection in
Washington state, with approximately 1,100
specimens representing nearly 300 species including
invertebrates. The zoo provides a home for 35
endangered and five threatened animal species. The
zoo’s botanical collection includes 7,000 trees and
more than 50,000 shrubs and herbs representing
more than 1,000 species.
Saint Louis Zoo - The Saint Louis Zoo has
educated, entertained and earned a place in the
hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the
Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began
a long and slow process to establish a zoological
park. Sure enough, local pride in the giant elliptical
bird cage led to formation of a St. Louis Zoological
Society in 1910. The City of St. Louis set aside 77
acres in Forest Park for a zoo and named a
Zoological Board of Control in 1913. State
legislation provided that "the zoo shall be forever
free," which has kept the Zoo accessible to millions
of visitors ever since.
San Francisco Zoo - The San Francisco Zoo is
accredited by the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums and represents a uniquely successful
partnership between the City of San Francisco and
the San Francisco Zoological Society.

We designed the Zoo with the underlying belief that
interaction and activity lead to conservation action.
We hope that caring for specific animals will inspire
people to care for all wildlife and that this is the first
step in the journey to becoming a conservationist.

The San Francisco Zoo is a multi-faceted place:

-A recreation area where people can relax and have
fun

-A center for wildlife that provides exemplary care
for rare and endangered species

-A community organization serving the people of
the Bay Area - An educational center providing
formal and informal learning programs for children
and adults.

-A park and nature center showcasing native plants
and gardens

-A bird sanctuary and bird watcher’s paradise

Despite the many reasons that draw people here,
we know that once they arrive at the Zoo, they will
inevitably fall in love with wildlife, and that upon
their departure from the Zoo they will begin their
journey to become conservationists. We hope that
you too will join us on this journey.

The earliest "zoo" in San Francisco dates back to
the Gold Rush days in 1856. It was located in a
basement at Clay and Leidesdorff Streets. The
"zoo" consisted of grizzly bears captured by the
famed hunter, James Capen "Grizzly" Adams. As
San Francisco evolved, so did the idea of a zoo.
Robert B. Woodward, one of San Francisco’s
wealthiest men, owed his fortune to the Gold Rush
and silver mining. He opened Woodward’s Gardens
in 1866 in the Mission District at Valencia and 15th
Streets as a four-acre amusement park complete
with menagerie. His animal collection included a sea
lion pond, bear grottos, black swans, deer and an
aviary. The garden closed in 1890 when the city
allowed the property to be divided into building lots.

The San Francisco Zoo that we know it today was
established in 1929, and was built in the 1930’s and
1940’s as part of a depression-era Works Progress
Administration (WPA) project.

The Zoo was originally called The Herbert
Fleishhacker Zoo, after its founder. The official name
of the Zoo – The San Francisco Zoological Gardens
– was adopted February 27, 1941, following the
suggestion of Herbert Fleishhacker.
San Diego Zoo - The Zoological Society of San
Diego (ZSSD) is a not-for-profit organization that
operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo’s
Wild Animal Park, and the department of
Conservation and Research for Endangered Species
(CRES). The Society was founded on October 2,
1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D.

The Zoological Society of San Diego is the largest
zoological membership association in the world, with
more than 250,000 member households and
130,000 child memberships, representing more
than a half million people. Members enjoy free
admission to the Zoo and the Wild Animal Park, a
subscription to the monthly magazine ZOONOOZ,
and other benefits. Both Zoo and Park are open
every day of the year.

The Zoological Society of San Diego is a
conservation, education, and recreation
organization dedicated to the reproduction,
protection, and exhibition of animals, plants, and
their habitats.

The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over
4,000 rare and endangered animals representing
more than 800 species and subspecies, and a
prominent botanical collection with more than
700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of
downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.

The Wild Animal Park is an expansive wildlife
sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals
representing more than 400 species. Its renowned
botanical collection represents 3,500 species and
1.5 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800
acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as
protected native species habitat. It is located 35
miles (56 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego
in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.

Conservation and Research for Endangered Species
(CRES) is one of the largest zoo-based research
centers in the world. Founded in 1975, CRES is
dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and
endangered wildlife and habitats. CRES researchers
develop, gather, and increase knowledge vital for
the establishment of self-sustaining populations of
wildlife.
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium - San Antonio's
first zoo consisted of a collection of animals
assembled in San Pedro Park in the 1800s. In 1914,
Colonel George W. Brackenridge, one of the city's
leading citizens and founder of the San Antonio
Express-News, placed buffalo, elk, deer, monkeys, a
pair of lions, and four bears on land he had deeded
over to the city in what is now known as
Brackenridge Park. This collection became the San
Antonio Zoo.

Throughout its history, the Zoo's volunteer leaders
have not only provided generous financial support,
they have also encouraged innovation. In November
1929, two of the first cageless exhibits in
America--the Barless Bear Terraces and the Primate
Paradise--opened, offering visitors unprecedented
views of animals. When the Richard Friedrich
Aquarium was dedicated in 1948, it was described in
the local press as "the world's greatest." The Hixon
Bird House, funded through the efforts of Colonel
Frederick C. Hixon, opened in 1966, featuring a
simulated tropical rain forest and free-flying birds.
The Zoo's bird collection is now one of the world's
largest.

Hixon understood well, as have the Zoo's many
benefactors over the years, that great zoos are far
more than collections of exotic animals; they are
also centers for world-class research, education,
and conservation.

Much about the San Antonio Zoo has changed since
Colonel Brackenridge assembled his collection of
animals in 1914. While the colonel may not have
imagined what the San Antonio Zoo would become,
we can only hope that he would appreciate all that
the Zoo has accomplished for the people of San
Antonio, for science, for children, and for the Earth
itself. For 91 years, the collective efforts of
dedicated individuals have helped the San Antonio
Zoo become one of the best in the nation.

The Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals
representing 750 species of animals on 56 acres.
More than 850,000 guests visit the San Antonio
Zoo annually - 123,000 of those being children
participating in education programs and 103,00
school children coming on field trips.
Phoenix Zoo - At the Phoenix Zoo we are
dedicating a portion of our efforts to a sanctuary
for animals that need our help because they have
no other place to live. The animals you'll see in
Sanctuary include White Rhinos, Asian Elephants,
Mexican gray wolf, Cheetahs, Arabian oryx, and a
host of other animals. These animals are part of
Sanctuary for various reasons. Some of the animals
are threatened with extinction and in need of
captive-breeding programs. They will live here and
produce offspring that will go on to restore wild
populations. Our three Asian elephants and other
animals that have behavioral problems will get a
chance for a better life through the special attention
given in Sanctuary. Animals retired from breeding
programs and animals that are not needed for
breeding programs get lifelong quality care.
Sanctuary also includes animals that are being
rehabilitated for return to the wild or animals that
have an illness or injury that keeps them from ever
living a normal life if returned to the wild.

There are Sanctuary animals located throughout the
zoo; however we have decided to create specific
space within the zoo for a large portion of the
Sanctuary animals. The back loop of the Zoo, from
Desert Lives to the Crossroads Snack bar, is
dedicated to our Sanctuary animals.

Sanctuary – Not your ordinary zoo.
The traditional zoo is very visitor-centered and
animal friendly. We choose to exhibit animals that
we know will be engaging and interesting to our
visitors and that can also help us relay important
educational and conservational messages. The
exhibits are designed to balance the needs of the
animals and the ability for visitors to view the
animals.

Sanctuary is different from the traditional zoo
model. The sanctuary model is very animal-
centered. The animals in sanctuary have very special
needs so the exhibits are designed to ensure that
the animals are as comfortable as possible and the
exhibits are not as focused on visitors viewing.

The Future of Sanctuary
A future goal of Sanctuary is to provide people
opportunities to discover what makes each
individual animal unique through personalized tours
and up-close and personal visits with some of the
Sanctuary's special residents. There will be
volunteer care-giving teams that care for animals as
diverse as frogs, black-footed ferrets, and white
rhinoceroses! There will be chances for people to
participate in conservation projects that directly
support the health of the wilderness, such as
releasing captive-raised frogs back to the wild or
helping state biologists perform night-time surveys
for black-footed ferrets.

Sanctuary is supported largely through
philanthropic gifts and we need your help to make
our vision a reality. Donations to help care for the
animals are graciously accepted and opportunities
for organizations to fund raise for the Sanctuary
abound. If you're interested, contact the Zoo's
Development Department and let them know you
want to help support the zoo's Sanctuary!
Philadelphia Zoo - America's First Zoo - The
Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home
to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and
endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of
conservation, science, education and recreation,
supports and engages in conservation efforts to
protect endangered species around the world.
Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the
Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over
1.2 million visitors last year.

Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and
institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American
first. The charter establishing the Zoological Society
of Philadelphia was approved and signed on March
21, 1859. Due to the Civil War, however, it was
another 15 years before America's first zoo was
ready to open.

The Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. The
Frank Furness Victorian gates and gatehouses, and
the Zoo's location, are the same today as they were
on the day it opened. One of its assets, then and
now, is John Penn's home, The Solitude, which sat
on the land chosen for the Zoo. John Penn was the
grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.
The Solitude is considered to be Philadelphia's most
precise and elegant expression of neoclassical style.

On opening day, flags flew, and a brass band
welcomed more than 3,000 visitors. Admission was
25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children, a rate
that held for the next half century. Visitors came on
foot, on streetcars, by horse and carriage, and
every 15 minutes by steamboat on the Schuylkill
River, landing at the Zoo's own wharf. The Girard
Avenue Bridge opened three days later.

Since the early 1700's, the idea of an American zoo
was inspired by English settlers with a keen interest
in wildlife and by sailors and hunters who returned
from faraway lands with exotic animals they'd never
seen before. People would gather and pay shillings
to see animals such as lions and elephants
displayed at places like general stores and
museums. As a hub of scientific inquiry and
discovery over many years, Philadelphia's well-
known leaders of the time began to formulate the
idea of a zoo. In the mid-1850's, a prominent
Philadelphia physician, Dr. William Camac-the Zoo's
founding father-became involved and led the way to
making America's first zoo a reality.

In its first year of operation, the Philadelphia Zoo
had 813 animals and received well over 228,000
visitors. Today, the Zoo has more than 1,300 rare
and endangered animals, and its attendance is
approximately 1.1 million visitors a year.
National Zoo - The National Zoological Park is a part
of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest
museum and research complex. The Smithsonian
includes 18 museums and galleries, as well as the
National Zoo.

The words "National Zoo" represent a large,
complex, and diverse organization with a
multifaceted mission: demonstrate leadership in
animal care, science, education, and sustainability.

The National Zoo is far more than a place
where people can see wild animals.

We are a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock
Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C. Open
to the public 364 days a year, we are home to
2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different
species. Our best known residents are our giant
pandas, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and their cub, Tai
Shan.

The Zoo is one of Washington's and the
Smithsonian's most popular tourist destinations.
We welcome up to two million visitors—from the
local community, the country, and the rest of the
world—every year, free of charge.

We are a place where people can marvel at
wonderful animals, learn about wildlife and its
conservation, and enjoy a beautiful, peaceful
experience among our gardens. We are a member
of the American Public Gardens Association. We are
also a research, conservation, and education center
for endangered species. And, we boast a state-of-
the-art veterinary hospital and extensive research
facilities.

We are also a 3,200-acre rural campus in Front
Royal, Virginia, at the edge of Shenandoah National
Park. (This campus, the Conservation and Research
Center, is closed to the public.) Here, various
endangered species breed in more expansive
facilities. Many of our scientists studying
endangered species and offering education and
professional training are based here, too.

We work in field stations around the world: from
China in Asia to Gabon in Africa, Spain in Europe,
Venezuela and Panama in South and Central
America, and Nevada and Nova Scotia in North
America.

We are also Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), the
private side of our public/private partnership. More
than 40,000 families are members of FONZ, and
these dedicated zoogoers are our greatest
supporters and the best advocates for our cause.
FONZ’s primary role is to make friends and raise
funds to support our joint mission.

We are also this website, the "virtual" National Zoo,
where people everywhere can explore our
resources, learn about our programs, and join us in
celebrating, studying, and protecting wildlife and
their habitats.
Memphis Zoo - At the Memphis Zoo, we have
dedicated ourselves to "preserving wildlife through
conservation, education and research". As the
number of plants and animals threatened with
extinction grows, the Memphis Zoo is working to
expedite conservation, research and sustainable
development in order to preserve our natural world.

We are committed to developing programs that will
have a significant impact upon the long-term
success and partnerships necessary for
conservation.
Maryland Zoo - The Baltimore Zoo was created by
act of the Maryland state legislature on April 7,
1876. (Its name was changed to The Maryland Zoo
in Baltimore in 2004.) It is the third oldest zoo in
the country, behind Philadelphia (1873) and
Cincinnati (1874). It actually had its beginnings as
early as 1862, when the first of many citizens gave
animals (the first being 4 swans) to Druid Hill Park
for public display.

Today the 160-plus acre zoo property is owned by
the City of Baltimore and leased to the State of
Maryland. The Maryland Zoological Society,
established in 1967, operates the Zoo under a lease
agreement with the state. The Zoological Society
assumed full management of the Zoo in 1984.
Currently the Zoo’s animal collection encompasses
more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and
reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals
are displayed in natural settings replicating their
native habitats.
Louisville Zoo - In its 38 year history, the Louisville
Zoo has dedicated itself to the pursuits of
education, conservation, scientific study and
recreation. Accredited by the American Zoological
Association (AZA) in 1980, the "State Zoo of
Kentucky" currently exhibits over 1,300 animals in
naturalistic and mixed animal settings representing
both geographical areas and biomes or habitats.
These include: the ISLANDS, the African Veldt,
Asian Plains, North and South American Panorama,
Aquatics and the Australian Outback. The
HerpAquarium features 100 species of reptiles,
amphibians and fish from around the world
exhibited amidst ecologically balanced habitats.  And
the new 4-acre Gorilla Forest Exhibit features
Pygmy hippos and Western lowland gorillas.

Of special note are the Zoo's achievements in the
areas of animal husbandry, conservation and
scientific study for which it has drawn international
recognition. In 1988, the Louisville Zoo was the
proud recipient of the prestigious Edward H. Bean
Award for its long-term Woolly Monkey Propagation
Program. Other accomplishments include the first
successful transfer of an embryo from an exotic
equine into a domestic horse.

The Zoo's commitment to working with endangered
species, specifically with Species Survival Plan (SSP)
programs, speaks of its dedication to conservation
efforts. It is also one of six institutions in the world
to house a captive breeding population of Black-
footed ferrets, North America's most endangered
mammal.
The Louisville Zoo is also distinguishing itself in the
area of education. The innovative MetaZoo
Education Center was the first facility of its kind to
serve both as a public exhibit and a living
classroom. Open year-round, the MetaZoo's many
programs led by degreed instructors and trained
personnel are developed to serve the needs of
individuals, teachers and students of all ages. And
in keeping with the advances of technology, the
MetaZoo has begun offering classes via tele-
conferencing or distance learning as it is called, to
students who live so far from the Zoo that actual
visits become impractical.
To keep in step with its unprecedented growth, the
Louisville Zoo has embarked on a Master
Development Plan which highlights proposals for
future expansion and renovation. This ongoing
development will enable the Zoo to continue to
provide quality visitor services while maintaining the
best possible environment for its animal collection.

The next major exhibit on the horizon is Glacier Run.

Glacier Run will be a truly unique experience where
one can visit the animals, talk to the keepers about
conservation and become temporarily immersed in
life on the tundra. The exhibit will recreate the
natural habitat for some of the Zoo’s most popular
residents including polar bears, seals and sea lions.
The addition of sea otters and bird species like the
Steller’s sea eagles and magpies will add to the
feeling of being surrounded by wildlife. The town of
Glacier Run will include a schoolhouse, climatology
lab and general store. A spacious amphitheatre will
make viewing the seal and sea lion enrichment
demonstrations more enjoyable.
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Zoos
Atlanta Zoo - Pandas to Present - 1999 was an
unforgettable year for the Zoo, when years of hard
work and forging of important relationships both in
China and in the United States culminated in the
arrival of the giant pandas Lun Lun and Yang Yang.
When a widely publicized cavalcade transported the
animals to Zoo Atlanta, where they would be
housed in a state-of-the-art exhibit, the Zoo joined
only two other zoos in housing giant pandas. The
institution’s reputation as a leader in research and
conservation catapulted to global status.
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