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Where to Celebrate Zoo Lovers Day

by Benjamin Kerns

Sep 8, 2020

Central Park Zoo © Silvia Cozzi | Dreamstime.com

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Each year, April 8 is Zoo Lovers Day! Zoos have existed for more than 1,000 years in one form or another. They’re often the only way for people to experience our world’s incredible wildlife firsthand. So, where and how should you celebrate it?

 

Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the Vienna Zoo, is the world’s oldest modern zoo. Founded in 1752, it houses animals from every region of the world. It was first established by the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and survived two World Wars and numerous financial crises. It’s a great place for animal lovers and anyone fascinated by history.

 

The oldest zoo in the United States is Central Park Zoo. Before becoming a zoological garden, it was actually just a random dumping place for people who illegally imported exotic animals. It’s said the first animal was a young bear cub in the 1850s who was abandoned with a small child.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo calls itself America’s First Zoo, even though there were plenty of places before it that showcased animals. Today it’s at the forefront of zoological innovation and boasts more than 30 acres of land and 800 animals. Here you’ll find pandas, elephants, tigers and more.

 

During these times it might not be possible to visit a zoo in person. But you can still celebrate the day by donating to those in need. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums helps fund zoos and provides resources like food and healthcare for animals living in them. With the global pandemic occurring, a donation will go a long way in ensuring these safe havens are able to provide for the animals in their care.

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