30 April 2013

Z is for ZOO: The Most Unique in the World

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.

2) Cango Wildlife Ranch - Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Ever dream of cage diving with crocodiles? How about tickling baby tigers? Does snuggling with a lemur tickle your fancy? You can do it all (and more) in South Africa.

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.


  1. This is an awesome Z post and a great way to end the challenge! I love animals too (I wrote about the Georgia Aquarium for my G post), and now I'm glad to know about a lot of these places!

    -Katie at AdventuringAtHome

    1. Awesome- I'll have to check it out! All these places fascinated me!

  2. Wow, these are each so fascinating in their own right. Congratulations on finishing strong in your travelling challenge!

    1. Thanks so much! I agree, these places are just so cool!

  3. Well done you!!

    Really enjoyed your posts Jessica - we have added you to our Fav 5 blogs that we came across during the Challenge!

    Looking forward to following you from here and seeing where you end up next! Maybe see you in the Challenge next year?!

    1. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed the challenge! Are your fav 5 blogs posted anywhere on your blog!? I would love to see the others!

  4. Ooooh that sloth pic is too cute! I've been to the zoo in BA and loved it!!! :)

    1. I know, aren't they so cute! I want to snuggle with one so badly!

  5. What a fabulous post !! I love animals ! I've visited the Crocodile farm in Thailand and the Tiger Temple there as well.

    The crocodile diving at Cango Ranch is something I'd definitely be interested in !!

    Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge :)

    1. wow- how awesome you have visited the crocodile farm!!! Did you see the man put his head in the crocs mouth?! CRAZY!

  6. I know lots of people don't like zoos, but I love them. I would love to be able to pet a tiger (I think). You can do the croc cage thing in Darwin as well. And at Ningaloo Reef you can actually swim with whale sharks (we used the same photo!)...check out that post.

    Pauleen at Tropical Territory
    A to Z 2013

    1. I would love to swim with whale sharks. They are an animal that just intrigues me so much! Thanks for the info, will have to check it out!

  7. Great Z post! I snorkeled with sea turtles last July on Maui. I was amazing! They are so graceful in the water. I had no idea we had a sloth sanctuary in Oregon. Thank you for that info! I MUST now go there!

  8. Great piece! Thanks for adding the sloth center in Oregon. I'm heading to the west coast next spring and hope to add it to my list of zoos I'm visiting!

  9. Great posting! seen some amazing pics from zoo, thanks for sharing some good stuff regarding zoo


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