FREE Zoo Activity Workbook and Video for Kids 3-8



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Zoos educate millions of visitors each year about endangered species and related conservation issues.   A new international study of zoos and aquariums shows that these family attractions do teach the public about the delicate balance between animal species and their habitats. Zoos do protect against a species going extinct, and a protected animal in captivity provides a reservoir population against a population crash or extinction in the wild. Here they are relatively safe. 

How can we learn from a Zoo? 

Zoos create educational programs and tours in order to provide an educational opportunity for everyone. Zoos throughout the world are trying to coordinate efforts to breed endangered species. The information they are learning about these animals will help zoologists preserve the species out in the wild.



What are some of the issues? 

There are many people who believe that zoos are unethical. They argue that it is cruel to remove animals from their natural habitat and keep them in cages for the public to look at. Due to threats such as poaching, there are arguably many species which would be extinct if they weren’t kept in zoos.  

Where are some of these Zoos? 

The oldest running zoo in the world is Vienna Zoo in Schonbrunn which dates from 1752. Philadelphia Zoo was opened on July 1st, 1874 and is said to be the oldest zoo in the USA. Berlin Zoo, Germany, with over 1.500 species has the largest number of species in any zoo in the world.

What is considered one of the BEST Zoos? 

One of the best zoos in the US and possibly the world’s best zoo, or at least the most famous, is the San Diego Zoo in California. Since opening in 1916 in Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo has grown to become the most visited zoo in the country and a main attraction of the city

The San Diego Zoo houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species, and was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cage-less exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses and successfully breeds the giant panda. 

The San Diego Zoo has the distinction of being one of the oldest zoological parks in the world. Approximately 3.2 million people visit every year. 

We Love the San Diego Zoo!

What does it take to be a zookeeper at the San Diego Zoo? In this personalized experience, you will learn firsthand from world-class keepers! Enjoy a brief orientation, put on your Keeper for a Day souvenir T-shirt, and head out to the animal area of your choice to meet your Keeper Guide for the day!

You’ll spend the next few hours shadowing a keeper as they complete the daily tasks necessary to care for our animals. You may help our keepers prepare diets, rake and clean exhibits, or create enrichment items. You will step inside animal enclosures to see the Zoo from a whole new perspective, and learn how we care for our animals—up close.

Choose to shadow a giraffe keeper (Saturdays) or a koala keeper (Sundays). Each Keeper for a Day experience includes special orientation materials, a souvenir Keeper for a Day hat and T-shirt, and lunch!

Zebra Fun Facts


Cage-Less Exhibits

Currently, home to over 3,700 animals, consisting of more than 650 species, the San Diego Zoo is a pioneer in the concept of cage-less exhibits that recreate natural habitats for animals. 

I love this! Live Animal Cams!

Watching live animal cams (on the zoo’s official site) is the next best thing to visiting. Options include:

  • Ape Cam
  • Panda Cam
  • Penguin Cam
  • Condor Cam
  • Elephant Cam
  • Koala Cam
  • Tiger Cam
  • Polar Bear Cam

These are just a few fun and interesting facts about the San Diego Zoo. If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit, there really is no better time to plan an adventure!

Lion at the stone Zoo

For more information about the San Diego Zoo Go to:

Who watches over zoos to make sure the animals are safe? 

U.S. zoos are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act and nonprofit organizations such as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) strive to provide support and guidance for successfully managing zoos to ensure the safety and health of employees, guests and the Zoos employ safety officers responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating safety and training policies. Zoo keepers are in charge of cleaning, feeding, and care of animals. These activities present a level of risk. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential in these tasks. rules are created for the safety and welfare of both our guests and the animals. Please obey all rules, guidelines and posted signs throughout Zoo property. 
As for the enclosures themselves, exhibits should give an animal enough room to break into a run, or fly if it’s capable. There should be variation in surface type and elevation, so that the animals can make choices about where they’d like to spend the day. Social animals should be housed in appropriately sized groups, while solitary animals should be kept alone. The habitat should mimic the animal’s natural environs to the extent possible, and there should be enough shade for all the exhibit’s animals to use simultaneously.

Thank you for stopping by!

Ms. Beth