The Evolution of Zoos

In the Beginning Zoo:  an institution in which living animals are exhibited in captivity. How did we get to today’s modern zoo?  It all began thousands of years ago.  Ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China all obtained collections of wild animals.  Egypt’s first zoo was established in Thebes around 1490BC by Queen Hatshepsut.  Medieval Europe…

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A View From Sun Bears to a Rainy City

Sun bears, named for the patch of fur on their chest that resembles the rising sun, are the smallest and rarest species of bear.  A native of South East Asia, sun bears are known to be very curious and energetic which was quite evident on our visit.  With indoor and outdoor enclosures full of climbing structures,…

A Backstage Pass to the Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has a variety of behind the scenes options for visitors, whether you’re partial to the chill of a beluga whale interaction, or perhaps a casual stroll around the aquarium’s backstage with a tour behind the scenes, or the amazing opportunity to swim with some of the ocean’s most spectacular creatures like whale…

Coldwater Quest Warms the Heart

From the warm waters of Tropical Diver to the chill of Coldwater Quest one thing is sure, some animals you’ll encounter here will warm your heart.  This is also where you’ll find most of the mammals in the aquarium’s collection.  Here I found the first of the aquarium’s touch tanks where for the first time…

Butterflies Enchant while Orangutans Amuse

The Toronto Zoo’s paths are easy to navigate; taking a complete circle helps visitors to not miss one precious animal.  Taking the path clockwise you enter the region of Indomalaya where you’ll find plants and animals from southern and southeast Asia.  The first animal you encounter is the lion-tailed macaques.  These quiet and languid monkeys…

Fast and Friendly Felines

Four separate enclosures surround the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Lion/Tiger Hill and allow for rotating the animals between each enclosure.  Having access to different environments, especially where other animals have been and left their scent provides great enrichment for these big cats.    At Lion/Tiger Hill you’ll find Sumatran tigers lounging beneath their shade and the zoo’s…