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4 Animal Parks That Are Ahead of the Pack

Thanks to renewed conservation efforts, these properties offer guilt-free walks on the wild side.

Zoo Zurich

Zoo Zurich

It’s hard not to talk about the elephants in the room in the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park – there are six of them, after all. The one-hectare compound’s criss-crossed wooden roof, which collects rainwater for reuse, has hundreds of skylights that mirror the effect of the jungle’s canopy, helping it blend into the surrounding Zürichberg forest.
Zürichbergstrasse 221, 41-44-254-25-00

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Opened in 2014, Journey to Churchill is home to a constellation of polar stars; there are currently nine bears, including York and Eli, two recently orphaned cubs. The roaming areas, shaded dens and plunge pool of this award-winning exhibit comprise four of the park’s 13 hectares, making it the largest of its kind in North America. In the Sea Ice Passage, watch from below the surface as the great white bears dive for rainbow trout.
2595 Roblin Blvd., 204-927-6000

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Girdwood, Alaska

This non-profit rehabilitation site for injured and orphaned species sprawls over 200 acres. Animals that can’t get back on their paws are offered a permanent home. Visit resident porcupine Snickers, who likes to climb up guests, or watch the centre’s interns bottle-feed musk ox calves. In 2015, the AWCC reintroduced a herd of wood bison into the wild, and the first calf in over a century was born in its natural habitat.
Mile 79 Seward Hwy., 907-783-2025

Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide, Australia

During daily Meet the Keeper events, watch giant pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni – the only pair in the southern hemisphere – as they nibble on apples, carrots or bits of bamboo-based panda cake. The duo, along with a few red pandas and mandarin ducks, lives in the Giant Panda Forest. Designed by the Hassell architect firm, the habitat’s trees, streams, waterfalls and chilled rocks were modelled on the Chinese highlands.
Frome Rd., 61-8-8267-3255



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