Happy Zoo Lover’s Day!

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Did you know that April 8 is Zoo Lover’s Day?  Did you know that the word “zoo” is actually an abbreviation for “Zoological Park”? According to National Geographic, zoos have been a place for people to collect and display wild animals for thousands of years, going as far back as to 2500 BCE in Egypt and Mesopotamia, where zoos were called menageries or private collections. The first modern zoo was built in 1793 in Paris, France.

 

Zoos of today are not just for entertainment and education; they’re also a place for scientific research and conservation practices.  Check out the hashtag #ZooLoversDay on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to celebrate with zoos around the world!

 

Here are a few zoos that have a great Instagram presence:

 

Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington D.C.

Giant panda cub Bao Bao appears to enjoy peek a boo with mom Mei Xiang. Or should we say peek a Bao?

 

 

San Diego Zoo in California

SnowLeopard Beau shows Anna some love.

 

 

Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma

Watch me grow! Aldabra tortoise hatchlings weigh only 50 grams when they emerge from the egg, but they can weigh more than 400 lbs when fully grown.

 

 

Twycross Zoo in England

Have you herd!? We have a NEW BABY ELEPHANT! The little girl was born in the early hours of 4th March and is now on full public view!! Come and see our little bundle of joy!!

 

 

Berlin Zoo in Germany

Welcome on earth “little” giraffe baby! In November, Fritz the giraffe was born in Tierpark Berlin.

 

 

The Bronx Zoo in New York 

Leopards and tigers and bears, oh my! (Plus a red panda for good measure.) To celebrate our 100th post, here are the stars of your favorite photos so far. Enjoy, and thanks for following!

 

 

San Francisco Zoo in California

Photo by May Woon

A post shared by San Francisco Zoo (@sanfranciscozoo) on

 

 

Woodland Park Zoo in Washington 

One of our elk shed his antlers this week, which is a normal, early spring occurrence for adult male elk. We bet that’s a lot of weight off his shoulders—err, head!

 

 

Minnesota Zoo

This adorable photo of a grey fox kit from our#BioDiscovery Coordinator is too awesome not to share!

 

When was the last time you visited your local zoo? Do you follow any zoos on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter?

 

 

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