Yeah, we know, we know. Every enclosure, facility, or zoological garden that exists solely to imprison animals—keeping them from roaming freely in their native jungles—is evil. Zoos routinely receive criticism for inhumane treatment of their animals. Living spaces aren't big enough. They perpetuate selective breeding. They don't really promote animal conservation. The list goes on and on.
But can any zoo be a good, humane zoo? Turns out, the answer is yes.
Of the 221 zoos that are accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, these seven facilities are can't-miss spots for conservation and fun. And many of them have recently been featured in Forbes Traveler for their awe-inspiring exhibits and conservation efforts.
So next time you’ve got a hankering to get up close and personal with a member of the animal kingdom, check out these humane zoos.
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