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Visit a Zoo

Talk to the animals at a zoo! The family will love a day seeing rare speices and walking around the different themed areas. You might even learn something! Some zoos have safaris where the animals are roaming and the visitors are in cages (usually your car or a bus). It's fascinating to see them interact with each other in their natural habitat. There are petting areas for kids, separate children's zoos, nocturnal animals in a House of Darkness, monkey houses and other features.

Some zoos have safaris where the animals are roaming and the visitors are in cages (usually your car or a bus). It's fascinating to see them interact with each other in their natural habitat. There are petting areas for kids, separate children's zoos, nocturnal animals in a House of Darkness, monkey houses and other features. In addition, exotic animal facilities such as Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas (http://www.fossilrim.com) and the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana (http://www.globalwildlife.com), offer families the change to get close to free-roaming animals, such as emus, rhinos, antelope, zebras, giraffes, bison, eland, and others.

Some of the best zoos in the country also offer wildlife safaris. These include:

http://www.wildlifesafari.org

http://www.sandiegozoo.org

http://www.si.edu/natzoo

http://www.wcs.org

To find a zoo near you, check http://www.zoonet.org All about Zoos! Two other good sources of information on the best zoos and petting zoos in your area are ZooWeb (http://www.zooweb.net) and http://search.about.com at About.com.

Zoos are a great family outing. It is important to remember, though, that these are wild animals and they are in cages for a reason. Do not climb over any fences to pet the animals, no matter how tame they seem. Some zoos offer personalized tours so call ahead. Have a great day at the zoo and you might want to learn more about those amazing animals!










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