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Celebrate Visit the Zoo Day!

Today is Visit the Zoo Day. The annual event encourages Americans to spend the day at their local zoo. Zoos offer many learning opportunities and can be an enriching field trip experience. They give students the opportunity to view wildlife they would never otherwise encounter. If you want to celebrate Visit the Zoo Day or you want to create a memorable field trip for your students, consider visiting one of these amazing zoos.

Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo

Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

1. San Diego Zoo

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world, with more than 3,500 animals representing over 650 species and subspecies. The goal of San Diego Zoo Global, the umbrella organization for the San Diego Zoo, is to help end extinction. San Diego Zoo Global participates in more than 130 conservation projects in over 35 countries and has reintroduced 43 species into the wild.

 

Giant Panda at Zoo Atlanta

Giant Panda at Zoo Atlanta
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

2. Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta opened its doors in 1889. It is one of only four zoos in the United States where you can view giant pandas. Over 1,300 animals are housed at the zoo, including 40 mammal species and 50 bird species.

 

Lions at Zoo Miami

Lions at Zoo Miami
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

3. Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is the oldest and largest zoological garden in the state of Florida. The unique South Florida climate allows the zoo to display a wide range of animals from Australia, Africa, and Asia. It is home to over 3,000 animals. 500 diverse species are represented, including over 40 endangered species.

Bear Mountain at the Denver Zoo

Bear Mountain at the Denver Zoo
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

 

4. Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo features over 4,000 animals, including Dall’s sheep, black rhinos, kangaroos, tigers, and grizzly bears. The Denver Zoo boasts one of the most unique exhibits I have ever seen–Bear Mountain. The revolutionary exhibit was built in 1918 and is a national historic landmark. The natural-style animal enclosure lets visitors view grizzly bears at eye level without fences or bars.

 

Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

5. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is “America’s only mountain zoo!” The zoo covers 146 scenic acres and is home to more than 750 animals. It is known for its prolific giraffe herd.

Have you visited any of these zoos? Are you planning a visit or a field trip to your local zoo? Comment below or tweet us using #ProQuest.

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