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
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

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

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

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.

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

A direction for today and promise for

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

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
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,

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

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
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

The San Francisco Zoo is a multi-faceted

-A recreation area where people can relax
and have fun

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

-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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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.
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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