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The Zoo Book

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OUT OF PRINT

Author: Allen W.  Nyhuis

$14.95; 288 pages; 79 b&w photos

ISBN: 0-917120-13-2

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The Zoo Book

Detailed descriptions of the top 53 U.S. zoos are included.  The author has visited each zoo, and his review includes hours and admission fees, driving and bus directions, don't-miss exhibits, touring tips to make a visit easier and more efficient, and details on the entertainment available.  Each zoo's featured exhibits are highlighted--plus other exhibits are described  and special attractions for the kids are noted.  Smaller zoos,  aquariums, and other places that display animals are also described, as are noteworthy zoos in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and other areas of the world.  An entire chapter is devoted to descriptions and photos of interesting zoo animals.

What People are saying about this book

"This unique travel book deserves a wide readership.  Carefully and thoroughly done."

                                                                           --Library Journal (from a starred review)

Excerpt from the book:

TOP ZOOS

We live in a competitive society that always wants to know what's best.  There are "Top 10" lists for everything from city populations to college sports teams.  In this book zoos are not ranked from best to worst, nor are they given an overall numeric score.  Ranking zoos is a subjective matter.  Some visitors want to see lots of birds.  Others aren't interested in birds and want to see reptiles or bears.  So rating a zoo is dependent on the particular interests of the individual visitor.

My choice as the best zoo in each category is labeled "#1," while the runner-ups are listed in alphabetical order as "#2."  The remaining zoos in each top ten are listed next, also in alphabetical order.

Top 10 Children's Zoos (based on size and quality)

1

Baltimore Zoo

2,3

Bronx Zoo

 

Los Angeles Zoo

4-10

Houston Zoo

 

Lincoln Park Zoo

 

Oglebay's Good Children's Zoo

 

Phoenix Zoo

 

San Antonio Zoo

 

San Diego Zoo

 

San Francisco Zoo

World's Top 10 Animal Collections

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1

Berlin Zoo (Germany)

2-4

Berlin Tierpark (Germany)

 

Bronx Zoo (New York)

 

San Diego Zoo (California)

5-10

Artis Zoo (Netherlands)

 

Frankfurt Zoo (Germany)

 

London Zoo (England)

 

National Zoo (South Africa)

 

San Antonio Zoo (Texas)

 

Wilhelma Zoo (Germany)

Bronx Zoo (New York)

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THE TOP 25 U.S. ZOO EXHIBITS

All of the zoos reviewed in this book have some outstanding exhibits.  Each zoo review includes a "Don't Miss" section that mentions its best and most unique exhibits.  Here is my rating of the country's 25 best exhibits.  The exhibits are rated according to their scope, realism, and size, as well as the variety, popularity, and number of animals included.  This list includes only exhibits that opened before mid-1993.

1

 Lied Jungle (Omaha)

2

Wilds of Africa (Dallas)

3

Tropic World (Brookfield)

4

Northern Trail (Minnesota)

5

Louisiana Swamp (Audubon)

6

Tropics Trail (Minnesota)

7

The Rain Forest (Cleveland)

8

Children's Zoo (Baltimore)

9

JungleWorld (Bronx)

10

North American Living Museum (Tulsa)

11

Fragile Kingdom (Brookfield)

12

World of Primates (Fort Worth)

13

Discovery Reef Aquarium (Point Defiance)

14

Insect World (Cincinnati)

15

Tiger River (San Diego)

16

African Pavilion (North Carolina)

17

 Outback/Pampas (Sedgwick County)

18

African Tropical Forest (Franklin Park)

19

World of Waters (Indianapolis)

20

R.J.Reynolds Forest Aviary (North Carolina)

21

Texas! (Fort Worth)

22

Jungle Trails (Cincinnati)

23

 East Africa (Caldwell)

24

 Wild Asia (Bronx)

25

Gorilla Tropics (San Diego)

About the Author:

North American Living Museum (Tulsa)

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 Wild Asia (Bronx)

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Allen W. Nyhuis is a professional statistician working in medical research and a part-time instructor at Indiana University.  He has personally visited all 53 of the major zoos.  He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and 4 children.

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