The Benefits of a Zoo
A zoo is a facility where animals are kept inside enclosures, fed, displayed for the viewing public, and sometimes bred for conservation purposes. The word ‘zoo’ is derived from the Greek word meaning “a place of wild life.” A zoo can be an exotic location to visit or just a small area within a zoo that showcases different types of animals. It is not uncommon to find several types of animals within one facility.
Most zoos now have one of several areas for exhibits such as the Naturalists’ Park, the Zoo Interpreters’ Garden, or the Aviary. Within these complexes there are typically multiple exhibits dedicated to various types of animals. These include exhibits on vet medicine and wild animals, aquatic life, reptile and fish shows, bird and reptile shows, zoo tours, and the educational sections of the zoo which usually include educational videos, books, and lectures on various topics.
In some zoos the primary attraction is the exotic animals. In others, like zoos in Reading, England, the main attractions are bottlenose dolphins, giant pandas, red and black sharks, cheetahs, gorillas, lions, jaguars, and many other exotic animals. In some zoos, humans are the main source of food and other species of pets are adopted and cared for by zoo staff. In Reading, for example, a couple of exotic mammals were recently reintroduced after nearly three decades of absence; the couple is said to be doing very well, although it is illegal to keep exotic animals in captivity in the UK.
Public aquariums are also available at zoos and in other public aquariums around the world. Public aquariums provide a means for the general public to come and see animals in their natural habitat and interact with them. Aquariums also provide a way for animal lovers to learn more about how different animals live and thrive in their natural habitats. For example, a zoo will usually have a demeaning room for animals that are unpopular or are not well suited for exhibit purposes. At public aquariums, guests can observe and learn more about different marine animals.
Petting zoos allow visitors to get different types of wild animals. This allows zoo goers to learn more about how wild animals live and why they behave the way they do. Petting zoo animals help people better understand how different petting animals feel and why they behave the way they do.
There are dozens of theme parks and amusement parks all over the United States, where a family can go and experience a variety of rides and attractions in a fun environment. However, if you prefer a quieter environment than one that features roller coasters, then the zoo may be the right choice for you. Zoos give families a chance to explore and learn about nature in a controlled setting, in an environment designed just for them. If you are planning to travel with your entire family, then a zoo offers a great way to get away from the kids and experience the wonders and beauty of the natural world. All in all, the American Zoo and other zoo attractions offer something for everyone.