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The World's 6 Best Zoo Adventures

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No matter how you raise them or what their interests are, kids love animals. It is an undeniable fact. So what better way to foster this appreciation for nature than to take them to the zoo where they can admire the world's most amazing animals?

London Zoo

Nestled in the heart of bustling London you’ll find one of the world’s best zoos. With 750 different species calling the zoo home, England’s largest penguin pool, the city’s only living rainforest thriving indoors, and a brand-new ‘Tiger Territory’ exhibit, London Zoo has plenty to offer. If this isn’t enough, however, there is a tonne of things aimed right at kids. The ‘Animal Adventure’ children’s zoo lets little ones get hands on, the Junior Zoo Academy gives them a taste of life as a zoo keeper, and the ‘BedBUGS’ sleepover program allows children aged seven to 11 to get acquainted with an array of fascinating insects, spiders, millipedes and other creepy crawlies while exploring the zoo by torchlight.

Australia Zoo

Continuing the Crocodile Hunter’s wildlife vision, the keepers at Australia Zoo have extended the work that Steve Irwin started on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Focusing on one of the biggest dangers in Australian waterways, the saltwater crocodile, you will be gripping the edge of your seat as you watch the keepers show just how vicious these predators are in the ‘Crocoseum’ shows. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Tiger Temple, the only underwater viewing area for tigers in the southern hemisphere. Watch as vets save lives at the Wildlife Hospital or get the inside story with VIP tours and Animal Encounters with tortoises, rhinos, echidnas, giraffes and more.

Taronga Zoo

Do your kids want to be able to Move It like King Julien and the lemurs in Madagascar Well now they can! The Lemur Forest Adventure is the newest exhibit at Sydney's famed Taronga Zoo, built with kids in mind. Littlies can now play alongside these wide-eyed creatures in an enclosed playground running through the lemurs treetop enclosure, learning about their habits and the vital importance of their forest homes along the way. If you want more than one day at Taronga, then a Roar & Snore overnight adventure is sure to give you a wildlife fix. Glamping in spacious tents, guests will enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and even join the Taronga keepers for a rare chance to see nocturnal critters as well as early-morning feeds.

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Spanning 85 hectares and housing over 9000 animals representing 705 species, families are guaranteed an amazing experience at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. Home to the country's largest inland marine aquarium, the zoo has 190 species of fish alone, not to mention the on-site reptile park holding 93 species of cold-blooded critters. For the ultimate wild encounter, join an overnight camping tour and discover all you've ever wanted to know about the animal kingdom with an after-hours guided tour. Finish the evening in African style with folklore and a traditional bring-and-braai (barbecue) the family will never forget.

San Diego Zoo

Taking in the best of the 40 hectares of California’s San Diego Zoo is easy with such a wide range of tours available – whether you hop aboard a guided bus tour, go behind the scenes with an inside-look tour or experience it all with a backstage pass. There is even an overnight sleepover experience on select dates throughout the year. For the best tour of all, however, the guides at the zoo will build an Exclusive VIP Experience tour around your family’s interests, perfect for inspiring the dreams of budding animal activists. With access to oft unseen areas around the zoo and tours lasting five or eight hours, this is the ultimate ‘wild time’. The friendly staff will even make special arrangements for those under three.

Singapore Zoo

There are not many places in the world where you can eat breakfast with a friendly family of orangutans. Give your day a kick start among the trees with the hosted ‘Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife’ program at Singapore Zoo, the only zoo in the world with a free-ranging habitat for Asia’s ‘man of the forest’. You’ll want your camera at the ready as the orangutans cross the bridge to join you, gather for a family portrait and maybe even sneak a furry hug. If the 300 species of birds, mammals and reptiles aren’t enough to keep the kids occupied, Singapore Zoo also has a wide range of kid-oriented exhibits, shows and areas. In ‘Rainforest Kidzworld’ the little ones can enjoy a watery playground, take the rainforest challenge obstacle course, visit the farmyard animals and watch the Animal Friends show. For the daring, there’s even the opportunity to ride an elephant around the zoo.

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