Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by animals. Their agility, strength, and just overall beauty really intrigued me. And while I haven't been able to visit any interesting creatures lately, I have been dreaming of cuddling a sloth and snorkeling with sea turtles. The latter I hope to do in July in Hawaii!
It just makes sense that for my last A to Z challenge post, the letter Z, I present you with some of the worlds unique zoos. Mostly because I obviously find this topic super interesting, and am excited to share my facts with you!
So without further ado:
1) The Lujan Zoo - Buenos Aires, Argentina
After my camel riding experience in Israel, I would have to think twice about getting on the back of the creature again. But for any of you are longing for a super smelly, and downright bumpy ride, this South American zoo is just for you. You can also get up close and personal with elephants, pet a tiger, or wrestle a bear.
3) Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo - Thailand
With more than 28 species of crocodiles at the ranch, it's evident why this zoo attracts a lot of visitors. The fact that a grown man willingly puts his head inside a crocodiles open jaw for tourist entertainment is pretty crazy too.
4) The Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
WHALE SHARKS! Do I need to say more?! They are the only aquarium outside of Asia to have these bad boys! I recently found out that are commonly seen off the coast in parts of Belize, and now I am dying to book a ticket to Central America. Georgia may be a tad bit easier to get to at the moment... Plus, they also have other animals which are hardly seen in captivity, such as beluga whales, manta rays, and other sea animals. Um, yes please!
5) Reptile Zoo, Fountain Valley, California, USA
A two-headed rat snake lives here, named Thelma and Louise. How crazy! It is filled with exotic reptiles from all around the world! Perfect for a reptile lover!
6) Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center, Rainier, Oregon, USA
At the Sloth Captive Center, you have the option to sponsor one of the cuddly creatures. And as an added bonus, you are able to hold the sloth of your choice after making a donation! This is a tiny and intimate facility, so make sure to book a reservation well in advance!
7) Wildlife Reserves, Singapore
This reserve currently holds the largest colony of orangutans. Have brunch with them! Or go on a night safari or river safari, the newest addition to the park!
And the most unique zoo of all:
8) Zoologico de Piedra, Cuba
Doesn't even have live animals! Say what?! All the animals at the "zoo" are made of stone. There are currently 426 stone animals from around the world in the park, and more and more are being added every year. Interesting concept, if you ask me.