I absolutely love zoos. I know zoos are pretty controversial, one side I guess you could call them the “Free Willy” side demonize zoos as being filthy cages where animals are mistreated and neglected; then there’s the other side who point out that well designed and well run zoos act as shelters for abused animals, saved some animals fro extinction, and have educated the public to respect and admire animals.
I really can’t say for sure which side is absolutely right, that’s a debate I’ll leave for the experts. But I can say that most of us if we think about it fall somewhere in the middle, I know I do. Of course I find zoos that are filthy and disgusting, those that neglect or mistreat animals abhorrent. What to do about them is beyond me other than to redesign them to be more humane and to replace staff with caring professionals and volunteers; but turning those poor animals loose in the wild I doubt is the answer.
But on the other hand I’ve visited quite a few zoos that are beautifully designed, have caring and knowledgeable staff, and have educational programs that help endangered species, and provide safe shelter for abused or displaced animals. In short these zoos help many animals that would have been destroyed otherwise or may have gone extinct if not for the zoo’s research and breeding programs. There are many such zoos around the world.
These days due to the pandemic many of us will not be traveling far so visiting a zoo that’s not in driving distance will have to wait. But with the aid of technology there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy some of the best zoos in the world thru a webcam or a virtual tour. Here are some of the best zoos you can visit from the comfort and safety of your home!
The Singapore Zoo is located in a rain forest not far from the city. It’s a wonderful zoo. We had the pleasure of visiting this zoo and going on the night time safari it was awesome!
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is one of the top zoos in the world, it’s one of our favorites!
It’s a huge zoo with many amazing exhibits. Here’s the website that has a list of all the webcams around the zoo.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Located on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs this zoo is built along the side of the mountain. It’s one of my favorite zoos.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of the top zoos in the US. The Giraffe enclosure greets visitors to this zoo. It’s an amazing way to get up close and personal with these tall animals.
The zoo has several webcams, it’s most popular is the Giraffe Webcam. Click here for the website where you’ll find the Giraffe Webcam as well as other webcams and virtual activities.
Accredited by AZA Zoo Atlanta is located in Grant Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
It is home to a couple of delightful Giant Pandas. There are webcams for virtual visits!
Click here for the website!
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Welsh Mountain Zoo is among the 15 Best Zoos in the world according to BestProducts.com.
It certainly looks like it’s filled with happy critters!
Click here for the site!
This was where you could find the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin.
Today his family is very active at this zoo. It features many animals from around the world and of course the critters from down under. Explore the zoo with his son Robert on this virtual tour!
The National Zoo
The National Zoo located in the suburbs of our nation’s capital is another favorite zoo.
They have many webcams around the zoo featuring different critters. The most popular of course is the Giant Panda! Click her for webcams!