Zoos & Aquariums
This page gives connections to major zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums in Australia and internationally and to virtual zoos, web cams and more.
There is general information about zoos - what they have been, what they are now, what dilemmas they face, their educational role and how to ensure the survival of species from around the world.
The Australian section covers major zoos, as well as connections to other zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums. These range from commercial, tourist based entities to those with a more scientific base.
The International collection covers major world zoos, world zoo listings and a specific group considered to have important, special features or be amongst the world’s best. Many of the cyber zoos are in this section.
Australian Zoos, Wildlife Parks & Aquariums
- Australasian Regional Association
Zoological Parks and Aquaria. Check links for members in Australia as well as other information. Among pages worth visiting are the following.
- Animal Fact Sheets
Listed in animal groupings.
Includes both Teach and Student Zones with overviews, Fact Sheets and links for teachers.
- The Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation
- Australasian Zoo Keeping
‘Major source of information and resources for Zoo Keepers from the Australasian region and around the world. Independent site not attached to any other group, society or organisation’. Access information on the following.
- Captive Management Husbandry Manuals
- Global Zoo Links
Resources to animal information, zoos to conservation.
- Zoo Career Opportunities
- Youth at the Zoo - YATZ !
‘Taronga wants to support teens who genuinely care about wildlife, so YATZ offers them the opportunity for fun and educational experiences at the Zoo during holidays’. There is now also YATZ for Juniors, for children 8-12 years old.
- Zoos in Australia
A - Z index, zoo stories, Top 20 zoos, news, events, resources, search engine.
Major Australian Zoos
- Adelaide Zoo
A variety of exhibits. Now with Pandas in residence for the next decade.
- Australia Zoo
Established by the Irwin family [Crocodile Hunter], the zoo has a range of animals, most notably crocodiles. There are activities to enjoy and learn from.
- Monarto Zoological Park
Linked to the Adelaide Zoo, this is an open-range zoo of more than 1 000 hectares which allows animals to roam as in the wild.
- National Zoo & Aquarium
‘Australia’s only combined Zoo and Aquarium. Situated on around 25 acres of land just five minutes from the centre of Canberra. With a wide variety of both native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia, there is something for everyone’.
- Perth Zoological Gardens
South Perth. Good exhibits, activities.
- Reef HQ
Townsville. Displays of aquatic life, fish feeding, walk through glass areas.
- Taronga Park Zoo
2 000+ species at this beautifully positioned site on Sydney Harbour. You can also find out about their Zoo Conservation and Education at this linked site.
- Territory Wildlife Park
‘Along with presenting the plants, animals and habitats of the Top End we are also beginning to introduce the stories of the Aboriginal groups who have called this region home’. Established just south of Darwin.
- Victoria’s 3 Great Zoos
Melbourne Zoo, The Healesville Sanctuary, the Open Range Zoo at Werribee.
- Western Plains Zoo
Dubbo, New South Wales. Free range displays, conservation. Linked to Taronga Park Zoo [common site].
Other Specific Zoos & Aquaria
- Alma Park Zoo
‘A day at Alma Park Zoo will allow you and your family to discover a wide range of Australian, international, exotic, endangered animals’. Near Brisbane.
- Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Kuranda outside Cairns. Living butterflies including the Ulysses.
- Australian Reptile Park
Somersby, north of Sydney. Australian reptiles including venomous species. Milking of venom.
- Australian Venom Zoo
‘Personalised, educational tours of our Displays of Australian Tarantulas, Scorpions, Centipedes, Lizards, Snakes’. Take a Virtual Tour of the site.
- Ballarat Wildlife Park
‘Experience close contact with koalas, kangaroos, emus and other native animals’.
- Bunbury Dolphin Discovery
‘An organisation committed to dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism. The Centre is the first in Australia dedicated entirely to dolphin research’.
- Cairns Tropical Zoo
‘The largest and most diverse wildlife attraction in Tropical North Queensland … . Our zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic species, many of which are indigenous to our northern wet tropics’.
- Currumbin Sanctuary
Gold Coast. Haven for native Australian birds.
- Eagles Heritage
Margaret River, Western Australia.
- Featherdale Wildlife Park
‘At Featherdale, we’ve gone out of our way to create a unique wildlife experience … within the Sydney metropolitan area !’
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Mogo Zoo
Southern, coastal New South Wales. ‘Committed to the survival of endangered animals and provid[ing] world standard facilities for over 200 animals of more than 39 rare and exotic species, including the rare white lions of Timbavati’.
- Moonlit Sanctuary
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Wildlife sanctuary with conservation practices. Day and night tours. An award-winning tourist venue. Get up close to animals in the wild.
- Penguin Parade
Phillip Island, Victoria.
- Queensland Herbarium
‘The centre for information and research on Queensland plants and plant communities. It is responsible for discovering, describing, monitoring, modelling, surveying, naming and classifying Queensland’s plant and ecosystem diversity’.
- Sydney Aquarium
Underwater walks give clear vision of marine life. You can also visit Sydney Wildlife World which ‘exhibits the largest variety of Australia’s unique and bizarre plants and animals in the world, with over 100 species of Australian animals, all under one roof’.
‘Wollongong’s own award winning, family owned zoo, set in 16 acres of bush parkland - famous for providing genuine hands-on encounters with the most fascinating creatures from Australia and around the world’.
- Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
- Talune Wildlife Park
- Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
‘There is no better place to interact with Native Tasmanian Wildlife including Tasmanian Devils & Wombats’.
International Zoos, Wildlife Parks & Aquariums
Cyber & Virtual Zoos
‘The largest virtual zoo in the world with hundreds of your favourite animals. We have more animal pictures and animal facts than you can see in a day, so come back’.
- Take a Virtual Visit to the Zoo [National Zoo]
‘You can take a virtual visit to the Zoo any day of the week by tuning into our live web cams, which feature many of the Zoo’s animals’. Download the Zoo’s App and take the live web cams with you.
- Virtual Zoos
Visit famous US zoos.
- Virtual Zoos Listing
Annotated listing of sites for virtual or cyber zoos.
- Virtual Zoos, Open Directory
Annotated listing of sites for virtual or cyber zoos.
- A Different Nature
The Paradoxical World of Zoos and their Uncertain Future, David Hancocks. A reasonable section of this book [Google Books] is available and looks at what zoos have been and what they could become.
Sites for Third Grade
Links to specific animals, some of which lead to zoos and zoo information.
‘The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, represents and links more than 300 member institutions in 35 countries’.
- Schonbrunn Zoo
‘As the oldest zoo still in existence, and one of the most beautiful in the world, Schonbrunn Zoo has a lot offer its visitors’.
- The Five Most Amazing
Zoos and Animal Shelters in the World
Information provided along with a video for each.
World’s Biggest Open-Range Zoo
Information from the Australian ABC.
- The World’s Oldest Zoo
A short article provides this information.
- What is The Biggest Zoo in World ?
Perhaps a surprising response from WikiAnswers.
- Switcheroo Zoo
A fun site to create a range of new animals using the body parts of existing animals.
- Alligator [Gator] Cam
Gatorland, Florida, US.
- Animal & Zoo Cams
‘We are working to add more zoo and animal cams to this page. Please be aware of timezones when viewing cams. Most are not live at night or it is too dark in the exhibit to view’.
- Gorilla Cam
From the National Zoo at the Smithsonian, Washington, US.
- Kruger National Park
Range of animals.
- San Diego Zoo - Apes
Allow for time differences.
- San Diego Zoo - Elephants
Allow for time differences.
- San Diego Zoo - Polar Cam
Allow for time differences.
- Vancouver Aquarium - Sea Otters
Allow for time differences.
- Zoo Cameras
Munich. Allow for time differences.
- Zoocams by Animal
You can also access ZooCams by Places.
Select from the listing provided to find the one you want.
- World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
‘The umbrella organisation for the world zoo and aquarium community. Its members include leading zoos and aquariums, and regional and national Associations of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as some affiliate organisations, such as zoo veterinarians or zoo educators, from around the world. Together they are United for Conservation’. Check their new All About Gorillas booklet [PDF].
- World Wide Zoo Net
Thinkquest. Looks to explain what zoos are and what they do. History, modern zoos, animal reserves, zoo careers, quiz, more. Some sound files require Real Audio player.
World Zoo Portals
General listings of zoos, The Best Zoos, other recommended zoos.
- Forty of the World’s Great Zoos
Another selection of the ‘best’ zoos from around the world. Do you agree ?
- List of Zoos
‘The following is a partial [world] list of zoological gardens’. Links are provided to them.
- The Good Zoo Guide Online
‘The only site that aims to provide official descriptions of every good zoo, wildlife park and animal collection on the planet - as well as reviews and comments from visitors’.
- The Official Zoo World Blog
‘Zoo World is an online social game where you collect animals, breed endangered species and play with friends to create the best Zoo in the world’.
- The World’s Best Zoos
Selection by writers at one of the world’s best travel magazines.
- THE ZOO Online
Link to zoos selectable by continental areas, wild habitats, other zoo-based information, resources.
- Zoos of the World
‘Click on the region you wish to explore or for those in haste we have a quick search capability’.
- World Zoos
‘Explore what zoos all over the world are doing to help make a difference for wildlife and wild places ! Click on a map region to learn more about the IZE members in your area and what they are doing for conservation education. Each regional section contains a quarterly update and a list of regional members’. International Zoo Educators Association.
- World Zoo Today
‘Bringing zoos and animals together’. The latest zoo news, videos, webcams, aquariums, featured articles, more. RSS feed or subscribe via email.
- WWW Virtual Library : Zoos
Commercial and public zoos, zoo related web pages, animal links, sounds, pictures.
- Zoo and Aquarium History -
‘An international team of authors has compiled the first comprehensive, global history of animal collections, menageries, zoos, and aquariums’.
‘The newest and cutest exotic baby animals from zoos and aquariums around the world’.
‘The ZooLex Zoo Design Organisation was established to help improve holding conditions for wild animals in captivity by publishing and disseminating information related to zoo design, promoting appropriate holding conditions for wild animals in captivity, providing balanced technical information and advice about zoo design, and supporting research and vocational training related to zoo design’. Check the Gallery for examples, including some in Australia. Extensive information about each.
A brief description of what zoos are. Kidcyber.
- Zoos and Aquaria
Zoos, aquaria, virtual zoos, biology, zoology. In multiple languages.
- Zoos Around the World
A Flickr Group.
- Zoos Online : Animal Encounters
‘On the Web, you can experience the sights, sounds and thrills of zoos around the country without leaving your classroom. Join us on a virtual field trip to some of the coolest zoo sites on the Internet’. US based.
- Zoos on the Web
Alphabetical listing of links done in countries.
- Zoos UK
Natural history and animal welfare in regional and alphabetic listings.
- Zoos Worldwide 
News, site of the day, zoo cam, reviews, animal of the month, aquaria, links.
- Zoo World
From Thinkquest. ‘Featuring about a hundred animals and some behind-the-scene views of the zoo, this is a great place to learn about animals and the people who care for them’.
- Berlin Zoo
Der Haupstadt Zoo. ‘Experience the oldest zoo in Germany with the world’s largest number of species’. By going to this page you can also access the Zoo Aquarium and TierPark. Now appears to be only in German.
- Birmingham Zoo
A huge number of species links, animal movies, more.
- Blackpool Zoo
[Conservation]. ‘The Height Of Excitement !’
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
An aquarium and underwater zoo. Underwater tunnel, glass bottom boats and more. You can also take a Virtual tour.
- Hong Kong
Zoological and Botanical Gardens
- il Bioparco, Rome
[Scientific and conservation research]
- Indianapolis Zoo
Amongst the most comprehensive of the zoo sites on the web. Not only educational but entertaining.
- Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Considered to be among the very best of the world’s zoos. Be sure to check out the Noah’s Ark area.
- Moscow Zoo
- Russian Zoos
News, zoo links, information for professionals, more.
- San Diego Zoo
One of the premier world zoos with a large breeding program for endangered species. Also try San Diego Zoo Kid’s Territory.
- Shanghai Zoo
Visit the Virtual Zoo, hear the sounds, view the sights, gather information, see displays of specifically Chinese animals as well as those from the rest of the world.
An amazing site.
There now seems to only be a Chinese version of this site. You can get a Google Translation of the home page here.
- Smithsonian National Zoo Park
- Tokyo Zoo
Link via this page to the range of zoos which form this.
- Welcome to Auckland Zoo
- Zoo Praha
Ranked very highly. Has photo gallery, webcams in addition to other information.