Zoos, or zoological gardens, exist in many forms all over the world. The first zoo showing wild animals from exotic locations to the public was opened in London Zoo, in 1828.
Zoo now often incorporate landscape immersion, where the animals' natural environment is recreated in their enclosures.
Modern zoos range from safari parks, where visitors drive through vast areas, seeing animals in the open range, to petting or childrens' zoos, where children can hold or stroke domestic and farm animals. Zoos also include aquariums, animal sanctuaries, animal theme parks, bird parks and reptile parks, and there are even butterfly zoos.
Zoo visits are fun, entertaining and educational, so wherever you are, visit your local zoo.
Zoo in Letterkenny, Ulster, Ireland
Tropical World in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland is a mini zoo and tropical butterfly house ideal for an amazing day out with family and friends. The hundreds of tropical butterflies will delight, they come in all shapes and sizes in free flight, and there are exotic bird aviaries with beautiful birds from around the globe, as well as lemurs and miniature monkeys, racoons, meerkats and more. Tropical World also features Jurassic Land and Bug World with a collection of bugs, spiders and live insects, and there's a play area, and on-site cafe, they also are disabled friendly so all are welcome, come for an unforgettable visit.