List of non-AZA Accredited Facilities
This list of zoos, aquaria, and centers not accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) was researched and is indexed state-by-state. This list is presented to the zoo and aquarium industry in the spirit of professional fellowship. Graduate and undergraduate students in related areas of study may also find this list helpful.
All versions of this list completed under the direction of Dr. Richard Snider by undergraduate students majoring in Zoology with a concentration in Zoo & Aquarium Science:
- 2006, original compilation by Andrea Winkel
- 2010, updated/expanded by Jenna L. Larson
- 2012, updated/expanded by Heather I. Cole
- 2017, updated/expanded by Marissa H. Ratzenberger and Denise Jones
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The Zoo was founded as a private enterprise and is run by a non-profit organization. It houses 500 animals.
The Alabama Wildlife Center is the devoted to caring for injured and orphaned birds, as well as educating visitors about the importance of Alabama’s wildlife.
The Audubon Bird Sanctuary is a strip of protected land that is a very important site for the spring migration of many neotropical birds.
Brantley Farms is a petting zoo that also offers pony rides and events.
Lori Angelo, Administrative Assistant to the Director
The Estuarium is an educational facility focusing on the native habitats in Alabama. It features species local to the area.
The Lion Habitat is found at the University of North Alabama to celebrate the university’s mascot: a lion. There are two lions in the habitat, and it has been a tradition for 40 years to have a live lion mascot at the school.
The Park was established as a refuge for abandoned, retired or abused animals and focuses on educating the public about endangered species and wildlife preservation.
With over 500 animals, the Montgomery Zoo offers an educational experience with animals in barrier-free habitats.
The Zoo is a hands-on petting and feeding zoo featuring both exotic and domestic animals.
Located on the 2nd floor of the Renaissance Tower, it houses over 400 species of fish and wild life that can be found in the united states and around the world.
Found at Auburn University, the Raptor Center is in place to promote wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, as well as to educate the public on raptor species.
The Mobile Zoo was established for education and promoting the survival of both endangered and non-endangered species from all over the world.
Containing a 3500 gallon, free-standing aquarium, as well as a touch tank, the AFSC participates in research focusing on the management and conservation of marine resources.
Alaska Raptor Center is the leading facility for Bald Eagle rehabilitation.
AWCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Alaska's wildlife through education and quality animal care.
The Wildlife Center is a rehabilitation facility for abandoned or injured native wildlife. They house animals who cannot be released and use these permanent residents to educate the public about wildlife.
The Juneau Raptor Center is a raptor rehabilitation center, as well as an educational institution for the public. The rehabilitation and care is done by volunteers.
Kroschel Wildlife Center offers up-close animal experiences while taking professional photographs along the way.
Located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Large Animal Research Station conducts research on a colony of muskoxen. The research revolves around diet, physiology, and behavior. The station is also open to visitors and school groups.
The Reindeer Farm is a reindeer petting zoo. Guests can feed and interact with reindeer, black tailed deer, moose, and elk in their natural environment.
Sitka Sound’s Science Center is devoted to educating the public on Alaska’s land and marine ecosystems.
The goal of the Alaska Zoo is to promote the conservation of arctic and subarctic species with research, rehabilitation, and education.
The Bald Eagle Foundation focuses on Alaska’s history, as well as the bald eagle and species that are connected to it. It aims to inspire the public through this information.
The Musk Ox Farm give guests an up-close and personal experience with musk oxen, as well as offers guided tours to educate them on the history of the species.
Sea Life immerses visitors in a world of the ocean with their vast aquariums and animal encounters. Their role is also important to the rescue, breeding, and protection of our marine wildlife.
Boasting the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in the United States, Butterfly Wonderland is home to thousands of butterflies. These butterflies come from all over the world, and there are also reptiles and amphibians to accompany them.
The Deer Farm is a petting zoo where the public can interact with deer, moose, bison, camels and much more.
The Sanctuary is a non-profit organization which preserves both native and exotic species.
Ironwood provides a home for neglected, unwanted and abused potbellied pigs. They also promote spaying and neutering.
Keepers of the Wild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of abused, neglected, abandoned and retired captive wildlife. To provide the best standard of care and help enforce the humane treatment of all animals.
They strive to provide a quality exhibition of native plant and animal species that will foster the understanding, appreciation, knowledge, and respect of plants and animals that inhabit the Navajo Nation and the Southwest.
The Oasis provides a permanent home to abandoned or abused exotic bird species.
With the mission of inspiring the conservation of aquatic resources and animal species, OdySea Aquarium offers guests the chance to learn about all aspects of aquatic habitats, from animals to plants.
The Wildlife Park allows guests to interact with exotic and native species in a natural setting.
The SAIS works on educating the public through research of the roles of arthropods in the Sonoran Desert.
The Institute offers research, education and conservation programs to help protect aquatic and marine life.
Superstition Live Reptile Exhibit displays reptiles and invertebrates.
The Wildlife World Zoo is home to the only public aquarium in Arizona and displays both native and exotic species to the public.
The Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo provides an environment where guest can observe and interact with both native and exotic species.
Kone-Crossland Zoo is home to 75 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
National Park Aquarium has 60 exhibits with a variety of over 300 fish, reptiles, and amphibians.
The Sanctuary’s goal is to provide a safe, permanent home for wildlife in need of help and to aid in the conservation of wildlife through education and research.
The Refuge provides a home for abandoned or abused wildlife, primarily big cats. Their goal is to educate the public about the hazards to both humans and animals of keeping wild animals as pets.
The Safari allows guests to observe both exotic and native species in a natural environment and also provides opportunities to interact with some animals.
Formerly named Moonridge Animal Park, the goal of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is to rehabilitate native species and return them to the wild. However, for those that cannot be returned, the Zoo provides a permanent home in their natural habitat.
The Bodega Marine Laboratory aims to use research in order to solve complex environmental issues along the California coast.
The Museum focuses on preserving native California wildlife through education and research.
The Raptor Center is run by the University of California at Davis. It provides a home to raptors who are too disabled to return to the wild and is also a rehabilitation center.
Located inside of the Visitor Center, the aquarium contains five tanks and a tide pool.
The EFBG is a breeding facility for exotic birds that also takes an active role in conservation. It is home to many permanent exhibits.
The Zoo’s goal is to provide an environment where guests can view animals in a peaceful and spiritual setting.
FCC is a non-profit organization that houses over 70 of the worlds endangered cat species. The conservation center is both a breeding zoo and research facility.
The Zoo is home to 100 animals and provides a park like atmosphere for guests to appreciate the animals in.
The mission of the zoo is to peak a child’s interest in the natural world in a scientific way. The zoo holds 50 species of animals, some of which are used in educational outreach programs.
The GCC works to protect and conserve the highly endangered primate, the gibbon, through scientific research, breeding programs, and education.
Have Trunk Will Travel is a privately funded group with the mission of giving people an educational and recreational experience with elephants. The group travels to give educational shows, rides, as well as to attend special events in order to expose the public to elephants.
The Wildlife Museum is home to some native California species which could not be released back into the wild and also rehabilitates and releases wildlife. Their goal is to promote conservation through educating the public.
The Zoo is home to many diverse animals and is host to many education and volunteer programs.
The Ranch trains animals for films, education and more. It also provides a refuge for animals that are no longer able to participate in entertainment.
Morro Bay Aquarium is a family owned non-profit rehabilitation center with a focus on sea lions and seal. At the aquarium, people have the opportunity to feed and view local marine life.
With the goal of rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine mammals, the Center also promotes the importance of marine ecosystems and the organisms that live within them.
Ocean World began as an aquarium built inside of a barge, with a window under the surface of the water to view the ocean ecosystems. Now, Ocean World is a tour-lead experience through the aquarium for a more intimate learning and entertainment experience.
The Zoo focuses on the display and conservation of plants and animals native to southwest America.
The Orangutan Foundation International’s purpose is to aid the conservation of orangutans in the wild through research and also through rehabilitation of previously captive apes.
The Park is home to big cats which were chosen for research and education purposes. It is not a rescue but aims to conserve big cats in their natural habitats.
The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is a non-profit organization committed to fostering and promoting the public study of, and interest in, the oceans, tidelands, and beaches of Southern California, the marine life therein, and the impact of human population on that environment.
The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. The observatory has helped produce 29 years of scientific information on local bird populations.
The Lab provides a place for field work, education programs and is also home to many permanent displays, including a blue whale skeleton.
Inside of the theme park, there is an area dedicated to giving the public an up-close experience with the animal kingdom. They offer animal encounters and shows, as well as educational programs.
The Serpentarium is a privately owned 3,000 square foot, 2-story Museum, and Reptile Super Store. It offers one of the largest reptile and amphibian displays in the country.
The Telonicher Marine Laboratory provides an educational experience, as well as research, to the HSU student. It is also open to the public.
The Aquarium strives to provide a hands-on curriculum experience, along with tours, and promotes “global marine awareness.” It is located inside of Cabrillo High School.
The Cat House’s goal is to preserve exotic cat species through education and also by providing a permanent home for abused or abandoned large cats.
The goal of the Foundation is to increase communication research between species and also to preserve and protect gorillas, both in captivity and in the wild.
The Center rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals with the vision of promoting marine habitat health and conservation. The Marine Mammal Center also seconds as a veterinary research hospital and education center.
The mission of the Ocean Institute is to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of our oceans. They strive to be the world's best experiential ocean educational organization.
The Roar Foundation provides sanctuary for mistreated exotic animals and is working for more legislation regarding the treatment of and trading of exotics.
Wild Things, Inc. is dedicated to taking in and caring for animals who can no longer survive in the wild. The center also strives to promote conservation to the public.
The Waystation offers rehabilitation to native and exotic species and also provides a permanent home to those who cannot be released.
The Farm is an educational facility and reptile refuge.
Their missions: to educate the public through tours and programs about the importance or wolves, coyote, and fox to the ecosystem; educate the public about the importance of preservation and conservation of the forests, land, and water that supports wildlife, flora and fauna for future generations to apply; provide natural habitats and exceptional lives for the animals entrusted to their care since they cannot live in the wild.
Mission: Wolf is devoted to spreading the message of sustainability and recycling, as well as spreading awareness of the importance of wolves in ecosystems. It is a remote sanctuary in the mountains of Colorado.
The Center is a rehabilitation facility and a wildlife observatory focused on education and conservation.
The Sanctuary is a rescue for abused or abandoned exotic species, primarily big cats. They are also a leading voice in conservation and legislation regarding exotic species.
While not open to the public, W.O.L.F. Sanctuary is aided by a team of volunteers that help care for the animals that are rescued. The sanctuary also promotes the importance of wolves as a species.
The Gardens connect visitors with the beauty of the Colorado River Basin and Plateau by providing opportunities for education, science, conservation and community events.
The Audubon Sharon is a wildlife rehabilitation which uses live and non-living exhibits and programs to educate the public about local conservation.
The Trust is a permanent home for hundreds of native and exotic waterfowl, many of which are endangered. The birds live in a natural environment and many that were born on the sanctuary and released come back to visit.
The Nature Center is a combination of a wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlighting the habitats of southeastern Connecticut. Their mission is to inspire and nurture appreciation and scientific understanding of the natural world and foster a personal environmental ethic.
The goal of the Aquarium is to educate the public about conservation of the local marine environments through exhibits and other scientific research.
The Center for Birds of Prey offers educational programs for people of all ages, and visitors can enjoy learning about the many amazing features of a bird of prey.
Back to Nature is a wildlife rescue which treats endangered, injured or orphaned animals with the goal of introducing them back into the wild. They are also home to several animals which could not be released due to their injuries.
The Big Cat Rescue is home to exotic and native big cat species that were rescued from inhospitable conditions in people’s homes or road side zoos. They are also home to many retirees. They work to educate the public about the dangers to both people and the cats about owning these animals in an effort to stop the abuse.
Butterfly World is a breeding and research facility for butterflies which also is host to several education programs and exhibits for the public.
The Aquarium is home to many exhibits including bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and many more native species.
Focusing on endangered reptile species, Discovery Reptiles is a traveling zoo that educates the public.
The Dolphin Connection is located within a resort and aims to educate the public about marine life through up close encounters.
The Center is home to Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions, many of which were born at the Center or in other facilities. The purpose of the center is to educate the public about the two species. They are also a rescue facility for marine mammals in the local area.
The Sasquatch Zoo provides a safe, happy environment for animals and visitors, a quality experience to all guests, and a fun and education place for schools and churches to take their children.
Containing more than 2000 alligators, the Alligator Farm also offers shows and tours with many different reptile species.
The Park offers airboat tours, walking trails, exhibits and wildlife shows to educate people about the Everglade ecosystem.
Leslie Rush, the owner, has raised a number of exotic animals from birth and offers a hands-on experience for visitors.
Flamingo Gardens provides a natural home for many species of birds, reptile, and mammals. Through its exhibits and wildlife shows, guests are educated on the importance of conservation.
While taking care of both native and migratory birds, the Center strives to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured birds. It is also home to birds that cannot be released.
The Gulfarium is home to both marine and non-marine dwelling species. Their exhibits and shows are used to generate awareness about conservation of the marine ecosystem.
Formerly known as Peace River Refuge & Ranch, the Rescue is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary that takes in and cares for abused, abandoned or seized exotic animals.
Visitors can handle and take pictures with live alligators. They can also learn about the habitats and physiology of alligators.
Gatorama is home to crocodiles, alligators and other native species of birds and mammals. Shows are performed in the natural setting of the Florida Keys.
Gatorland is a theme park and nature conservation area. They are home to many native species, including birds, gators, and mammals.
Green Meadows is a place for families to experience farm life through hands on interaction with farm animals including cows, pigs, and chickens.
The Park educates the public about marine life through exhibits, shows, and interactions.
The Nature Center is promoting marine ecosystem awareness through research and education of the public through programs and exhibits.
The International Rhino Foundation is working toward conserving rhinos in the wild through breeding, education and conservation programs.
The Park is a natural home to many native species, including birds, mammals, and reptiles. It hosts guided tours and also wildlife encounters to the public.
Jungle Island entertains and educates the public about tropical animals through exhibits and shows.
The Key West Aquarium offers hands-on interactions, tours, and feeding shows to the public.
The Loggerhead MarineLife Center of Juno Beach is home to a sea turtle hospital and several exhibits.
The Miami Seaquarium educates the public about the marine ecosystem through interactions with wildlife, shows and also exhibits. It is home to whales, dolphins, turtles, fish, seals and much more.
Visitors are immersed into the natural habitats of the animals at Monkey Jungle.
The Lemur Conservation Foundation is a small non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education, and reintroduction.
Natural Encounters, Inc. is a team of animal trainers that travel and train others on how to properly handle and train animals. They also teach others about enrichment, education program structure, and exhibit design.
The Rare Species Conservatory Foundation works for conservation through breeding programs and protection of exotic species.
The Serpentarium is home to many species of snakes and other reptiles. It also seconds as a venom factory.
The Sarasota Jungle Gardens are home to tropical species, many of which were donated by rescues or pet owners. Through shows, exhibits and hands-on interactions, the gardens educate the public about conservation.
Save Our Seabirds is a working bird hospital and rehabilitation facility. It is also home to many birds who could not be released back into the wild.
Visitors of all ages can learn about a variety of marine organisms and ecosystems in an immersive and hands-on environment.
Silver Springs State Park is home to alligators, mammals, birds, and reptiles, many of which are native to the Florida area.
The Museum features wildlife native to the Florida ecosystems. It also features guest animals.
Immersing guests in an environment full of birds, butterflies, and plants, the Conservatory educates its visitors on the many aspects that make up a butterfly’s life.
The Zoo Northwest Flordia offers many exhibits, a wildlife preserve, and also some opportunities for interaction with the animals.
The Theatre of the Sea is an educational facility that puts on hands-on shows with dolphins, sea lions and much more.
Wooten's gives Everglades tours and is also home to a wildlife park with native and exotic species.
ZooWorld Zoological & Botanical Park is a non-profit educational facility that houses over 260 exotic and endangered species; people will get the opportunity to view animals closely in their natural setting.
The Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium contributes aquatic resources to partners in need. The center also gives refuge to aquatic species that fall under the categories of endangered or threatened.
The Cochran Mill Nature Center is a private, non-profit, environmental education facility and is home to a large collection of non-releasable reptiles and birds of prey. The Center encourages community awareness and active environmental stewardship through education and wildlife rehabilitation programs.
In the wake of a devastating Georgia flood in 1994, the Flint RiverQuarium was created to monitor the environmental conditions within the Flint River Basin. The Flint RiverQuarium also educates the public on the importance of conserving our natural resources.
Gorilla Haven wants to make every captive gorilla’s life as enriched and natural as possible through husbandry and research and to promote education about gorilla conservation in zoos and the wild.
They offer hundreds of exotic, rare and farm animals which are available for viewing and hands on encounters.
Their mission is to provide their guests with memorable experiences to help them make stronger connections to the natural world.
This is a nature center with exhibits of both living and non-living native and exotic species.
Project Chimps is a 236-acre refuge for chimpanzees used for biomedical research. They fundraise in order to feed and enrich the chimpanzees within their care. Project Chimps is not open to the public but does offer educational tours through their facility for those who are interested.
UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium offers off shore to in shore areas, exploring exhibits displaying marine animals typical of the habitats found along the Georgia coast. Fifteen (soon to be sixteen) exhibit tanks house live animals that represent numerous species of fish, turtles, and invertebrates.
Wild Adventures Theme Park combines an amusement park with a zoological experience, providing visitors with thrill rides as well as exotic animals.
The Wild Animal Safari combines guided tours with hands-on experience with exotic animals.
The mission of the Honolulu Zoo is to inspire stewardship of our living world by providing meaningful experiences to their guests. The Zoo emphasizes Pacific tropical island ecosystems and our traditional values of malama (caring) and ho`okipa (hospitality).
From the smallest coral polyp to the seven-foot sandbar shark, the intricate wonders of Hawai'i's ocean are showcased in over 60 indoor and outdoor exhibits at Maui Ocean Center. Each exhibit features marine animals living in habitats closely resembling their own natural environment.
The Pacific Primate Sanctuary Inc. is a non-profit organization providing care to New World monkeys rescued from research labs, private owners, and other situations of abuse and improper care.
A smaller zoo with a variety of native rainforest species. Their main focus is their petting zoo and their avian species.
Sea Life Park Hawaii offers hands on interaction with sea life including dolphins, sea lions, and sea turtles.
The Aquarium promotes the preservation of Pacific marine life through research, exhibits, and education of the public.
The Aquarium of Boise's main focus is to educate the public to fuel the inspiration to care for all terrestrial and aquatic animals. They also strive to be a leader in the “conservation and repopulation of endangered species.”
The Peregrine Fund aims to preserve the populations of native and non-native raptors through exhibits, demonstrations, research, and interaction.
The Wolf Education & Research Center focuses on research revolving around the gray wolf and how the species exists in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The Center also provides education on the wolves to the visiting public; focusing on their ecological importance and the relationship between the wolves and humans.
Yellowstone Bear World allows cars to tour through the Park and have up close interactions with wildlife including bison and bears. Animals can also be seen on exhibit in the Park.
Zoo Idaho will develop, improve, manage, and maintain facilities and programs to increase the public's knowledge of and appreciation for native North American Wildlife. The zoo is dedicated to educating and motivating the public to become active stewards of the environment through their support of habitat preservation and wildlife conservation worldwide.
Brown’s Oakridge Zoo is a family owned and operated non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of animals, and the educational and therapeutic benefits they can bring to humans.
Hickory Shadows Zoo is a non-profit organization that provides animal rescue and public education pertaining to wildlife and exotic animals. The goal of the organization is to provide the rehabilitation and rescue of animals.
Niabi Zoo is home to 140 different species and gives visitors an interactive animal experience.
The Phillips Park Zoo is home to many exotic animals and works to educate the public about their animals through exhibits and interaction.
Santa's Village Azoosment Park is part of a larger amusement park and includes over 200 animals to create a hands-on educational and recreational environment.
Located 35 miles north of Chicago, the Wildlife Discovery Center is a public, free admission zoo. It sits on the 1,500 acre Middlefork Savannah, which is the highest quality oak savannah in the nation.
The Wildlife Prairie Park is home to ambassadors of the prairie’s native species and displays them in a natural setting in an effort to educate the public.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center is a rehabilitation center and is also home to many native animals which could not be released back into the wild. The facility educates the public about these native species through exhibits, demonstrations, and interaction.
The Black Pine Animal Park is a non-profit “last-chance” home for exotic animals who were rescued from abusive situations. The facility educates the public about pet ownership, exotic and endangered species.
Columbian Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Indiana dating back to 1908. It is home to over 190 animals representing nearly 90 different species. The Zoo offers a variety of education programs throughout the year, inspiring an appreciation for the world's wildlife.
The Exotic Feline Rescue Center provides a permanent home to exotic cats who have been abused, abandoned, or cannot be released back into the wild. The Center also educates the public about these cats.
The Washington Park Zoo is home to over 200 animals. The Zoo aims to educate the public through display and programs while also providing a fun and safe experience for both the public and the animals.
Wolf Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to behavioral research, education and conservation, with the objective of improving the public's understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment.
The Iowa State Insect Zoo strives to educate the public about insects. They offer programs for school and non-school groups that incorporates a hands-on learning experience with insects and other arthropods.
Their mission is to promote the health and general welfare of the people and to encourage preservation, conservation, education, and recreation through responsible use and appreciation of our natural resources and cultural heritage.
Storybook Hill Children’s Zoo was established in 1976 in partnership with the Optimists Clubs of Dubuque, as an effort to increase the knowledge and understanding of common animals among the people of Dubuque. The Zoo is a replica of an American farm from the 1940’s and contains a wide variety of animals that a person visiting this time period might see on an actual farm.
The Brit Spaugh Zoo is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and rescue of animals, and the education and entertainment of children and adults. The Zoo includes over 100 species of animals, a raptor center, and an aquarium.
Cedar Cove Feline Conservancy & Education Center is a non-profit center whose mission is to educate the public about the importance of conserving big cat species. Education also revolves around the behavior, physiology, and habitats of these species.
The Kansas Fishes Aquarium in the Central Mall is a unique and educational attraction representative of a living and dynamic Kansas fish community. The largest freestanding tank display in the state, the aquarium features a wide variety of mid-western fishes in a naturalistic setting. The simulated mud bank backdrop and trees from area rivers recreate a typical Kansas water habitat.
The Eagle Valley Raptor Center is devoted to rehabilitating the native Kansas birds of prey. They provide a safe home for hawks, owls, and eagles that are not able to be re-released into the wild.
The Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm combines a bed and breakfast experience with an educational tour of its domestic and exotic animals.
The K-State Insect Zoo aims to create an interactive experience for visitors while trying to create a more positive outlook and a better understanding of the importance of the insect world.
The Prairie Park Nature Center promotes the importance of conservation through a hands-on environmental experience with the animal ambassadors they house. They also stress the idea of the importance of leaving the wild in the wild, and not taking wild animals as pets. The Center is free to all visitors.
The Zoo is funded by the city of Independence. It houses a variety of species that consist mostly of grazer because they are compatible with Kansas climate.
The mission of the Safari Zoological Park is to show the awesomeness of our God in the individual wonder and uniqueness of all His creation. That He has revealed to us through nature and creation that we are more than an evolved matter over millions of years, but made fearfully and wonderfully in His image, with an eternal soul. That through the will of free choice man brought sin into the world, but by the love of God, he redeemed man back to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park provides education to the public through exhibits, programs, and interactions while increasing the populations of many species through breeding programs.
Wright Park Zoo is a free experience in an old western setting that contains an aviary, as well as a few exotic animal species.
Kentucky Down Under provides a native Australia experience in Kentucky. It educates the public about the Australian animals and culture.
At the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, the animals are very diverse. Exhibit animals range from an 18-foot reticulated python, the largest resident, to many types of venomous snakes such as cobras, vipers, and rattlesnakes, to an alligator. One of the favorite areas for kids is Turtle Tracks, where both tortoises and aquatic turtles can be seen.
Chimpanzee Haven provides a permanent home to primates who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, medical research, or was surrendered by private owners.
Gators and Friends Alligator Park & Exotic Zoo was created to increase awareness among the public of different types of animals, their habitat, lifestyle, and survival techniques. The mission of the zoo is to present an educational and interactive animal adventure like no other. Education is the key to preserving these animals for future generations to enjoy.
The Global Wildlife Center is a free-roaming wildlife preserve which offers safari tours through the park.
The Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo is home to native and exotic species.
Wild Country Safari Park provides a hands-on learning experience while feeding exotic animals from around the world.
The Zoosiana (Zoo of Acadiana) is home to exotic and native species and provide encounters with their animals and keepers.
The Acadia Zoological Park - Kisma Preserve organization firmly believes that knowledge is strength. By caring deeply and giving a home to these unique animals they open a door to understanding a species. When someone looks through that door and begins to care about a species the next logical step is the habitat and the ecosystem and ultimately our world. The Kisma Preserve cares for each creature as an individual and hopes, perhaps idealistically, that will inspire others to care on some level as well.
DEW Haven is home to over 200 animals rescued or surrendered to the organization. The animals are ambassadors to the public to educate about the importance of preserving species. The DEW Haven offers tours to get an up-close experience with the exotic species.
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Community programs are uniquely situated at the intersection of marine science and industry. At the heart of their mission, the programs provide a specialized, innovative, and responsive array of work that speaks to the challenges and opportunities in the Gulf of Maine.
The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge contains more than 50 offshore islands and four coastal parcels. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the refuge complex as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Maine Coastal Islands Refuge is restoring and managing colonies of nesting seabirds. In addition to seabirds, wading birds and bald eagles nest on refuge islands. The mainland divisions provide habitat for songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl, as well as opportunities for bird watching and hiking.
The Maine State Aquarium exhibits a variety of sportfish that are of major interest to anglers. At center stage is an 850-gallon tank that is filled with sharks and skates. Experience the thrill of petting a live shark and discover the roughness of a skate's skin.
The Maine Wildlife Park is home to native species of the area and is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife.
The Mount Desert Oceanarium is an interactive and educational aquarium focused on the natural habitat surrounding the area.
The Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge protects the second-largest peatland in Maine and consists of a wide variety of different wetland environments. These habitats are home to plants, birds, mollusks, and invertebrates that are listed as endangered.
The York's Wild Kingdom & Amusement Park is home to domestic and exotic species of animals. The facility is a combined amusement park and zoo.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 25,000 acres on Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore. As a major stop on the Atlantic Flyway, Blackwater is a vital haven for waterfowl, as well as a sanctuary for the American bald eagle, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the peregrine falcon.
The Calvert Marine Museum provides an educational experience revolving around Maryland marine wildlife. They are dedicated to the presentation of their three themes: regional paleontology, estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and adjacent the Chesapeake Bay, and maritime history of these waters.
The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo is focused on exhibiting, breeding and educating people about exotic and endangered species.
The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary is the wintering ground for Canada geese and closes during their migration period in order to preserve their movements. It is also home to hiking trails, tours, and a visiting center to educate on preserved and live animals.
The Painted Sky Alpaca Farm & Fiber Mill raises and sells huacaya alpacas, which they selectively breed to ensure healthy genetics. They also offer tours of the farm for visitors.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center's mission is to excel in wildlife and natural resource science, providing the information needed to better manage the nation's biological resources.
The Plumpton Park Zoo is home to many exotic and native species.
The Tri-State Zoological Park offers over 30 species of exotics. It’s one of their greatest passions to encourage young minds’ curiosity about animals and conservation. The Zoological Park is unique in that they want all of their guests to experience our animals up-close and personal.
This privately owned animal rescue center is devoted to providing a safe home for abandoned and neglected animals. These animals are a part of an educational mission.
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary gives the experience of a working farm, as well as a wildlife sanctuary all in one. It is also home to hiking trails to view the area’s wildlife.
Lupa Zoo is a conservation and education institution demonstrating the value, beauty, and interdependence of all living things.
Locally-collected specimens (released back into the wild at the end of the season) are on exhibit. Displays are always changing and include anything from seahorses to octopuses to sharks. Touch tank, home to crabs, clams, baby horseshoe crabs, and more let people experience the ecosystem.
The National Marine Life Center is an independent, non-profit marine animal hospital, science, and education center. The National Marine Life Center is dedicated to rehabilitating for release stranded sea turtles, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and small whales, and to advancing scientific knowledge and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.
The Southwick's Zoo is home to over a hundred species of animals, both exotic and native. It provides opportunities for guests to encounter wildlife.
On the ground level of the Berkshire Museum, there are many exhibits displaying aquatic and marine fish species along with reptiles and amphibians.
The Butterfly Place is a large walk through garden that is home to hundreds of free flying butterflies of many different species.
The Zoo in Forest Park is a nonprofit organization governed by the Forest Park Zoological Society. Situated in Forest Park, a 735-acre woodland park in Springfield, the Zoo features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America. The Zoo is dedicated to wildlife education and offers a variety of educational programs and special events for children and adults.
The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is home to nature trails and a “green” nature center devoted to conserving energy. The Sanctuary holds aquariums containing local plants and animals from different types of ecosystems.
Wolf Hollow, also known as North American Wolf Foundation, is a haven for gray wolves. They are dedicated to protecting the wolves with the increased political tug of war surrounding the species.
The Woods Hole Science Aquarium is home to touch tanks, research stations, non-living, and living exhibits and allows for up close encounters with marine life.
The WWI Memorial Park & Zoo is home to nature trails, a playground area, and a zoo that houses donkeys, goats, llamas and more.
As the oldest aquarium in the country, the Belle Isle Aquarium serves as a historical aquarium attraction to Detroit. Reopened in 2012, the aquarium continues to restore exhibits while preserving the history of the establishment.
The Belle Isle Nature Zoo brings native Michigan species, as well as a couple of exotics, to the metro Detroit area.
The Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park has a variety of exotic animals and offers hands-on experiences to visitors.
Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary & Zoological Gardens is a reptile rescue zoo, a place where all reptile and amphibians find a safe haven and proper care needed to live out their lives safely and securely. The goal of the sanctuary is to create a hands-on and up-close opportunity for people to observe the animals in a semi-natural environment.
Deer Ranch offers feeding and photograph opportunities with native whitetail deer.
Deer Tracks Junction offers bottle feeding and hands-on experiences with cattle, pigs, and other farm animals.
The DeYoung Zoo is home to over 400 animals from around the world and presents them to the public in natural settings.
The Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is home to both butterflies and tropical bird species. These animals represent 500 species from five different continents.
The Garlyn Zoological Park is home to many native, domestic and exotic animals which are displayed in a natural setting.
The Wild Wonders Wildlife Park at the Howell Conference & Nature Center was born from our mission to help injured and orphaned wildlife and to educate the public to become better stewards of our natural world. The Park provides a permanent home for birds and mammals that cannot be returned to the wild due to an injury or being too tame.
Indian Creek Zoo is home to a variety of exotic and domestic animals.
Lewis Farm doubles as a farmers market and a petting zoo with a variety of animals, both native and exotic.
Northfork Farms & Outback offers riding lessons, as well as a hands-on experience with both domestic and exotic animals in their petting zoo.
Bat Zone at the Organization for Conservation is a haven for rehabilitated bats and other nocturnal animals, as well as those born in captivity. Bat Zone is devoted to educating the public about these creatures.
Home to 29 bears, Oswald Bear Ranch serves as a haven for rescued bear cubs. They also use this opportunity to educate the public on Michigan’s bears.
The Roscommon Zoo is home to domestic, native and exotic animals.
Summer Winds Farms Sanctuary is home to exotic species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. All of their animals are rescued and are ambassadors for educating the public.
The Butterfly House exhibits butterflies from the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
The Domino's Farm is a petting farm also devoted to educating the public on the history of Michigan’s agriculture.
The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is home to many permanent residents representing many different species. It is also a popular resting ground for wild birds.
Offering a zoo experience within a nature trail setting, Wilderness Trails Zoo gives a close-up encounter with exotic animal species.
The Great Lakes Aquarium displays aquatic and marine species both native and exotic in their natural settings.
The Hemker Wildlife Park is home to several species of North American hoofstock and tropical penguins.
The International Wolf Center works to conserve and protect wolves in the wild through the exhibition of a wolf pack and also through non-living displays which educate the public.
Minnesota’s largest wildlife park and petting zoo, Paul Bunyan Animal Land houses almost 100 animals from all over the world.
The Pine Grove Park & Zoo promotes environmental education and conservation while creating a progressive zoological park in central Minnesota. They wish to have families and individuals live their lives with passionate respect for the entire realm of the natural world.
The Ramsey Park Zoo is home to buffalo, elk, deer, prairie dogs, and numerous species of upland game and waterfowl.
The Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo has one of the world’s largest reptile displays and is an opportunity for a fun family adventure. The zoo is home to over 150 kinds of animals from all over the world exhibited in naturalistic recreations of their native environments.
The mission of Safari North Wildlife Park is to promote conservation and preservation through safe, affordable, and memorable experiences with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation.
SEA LIFE Mall of America is home to exhibits including a shark tunnel encounter and a touch pool.
Many animals make their home at Springbrook Nature Center. Most live in the forest, prairie, savannah, and wetlands of the park. A few enjoy an easy, dependent (on humans) life style in the exhibits of the Interpretive Center. Human visitors are welcome to visit and appreciate both groups of our animals.
The Raptor Center is a leading force in raptor research and is also home to nearly 30 education raptors which are on exhibit to the public.
The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary promotes education surrounding black bears, so that we may better understand them. This understanding will lead to a larger appreciation and tolerance of this predator species.
The Wildlife Science Center is home to many North American species and strives to conserve endangered species and their habitat.
The Zollman Zoo is home to over 30 species native to Minnesota. The animals are rescues, as well as surplus animals from other facilities.
The Hattiesburg Zoo is home to more than 55 species of animals from five continents, and also has many interactive areas in their facility.
The Jackson Zoo is home to over 200 species from around the world. The Zoo also participates in many conservation movements.
The Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex is the largest refuge complex in the state of Mississippi. It provides vital habitat for fish and wildlife in the Delta region.
The Tupelo Buffalo Park &Zoo features a variety of exotic animals from around the world, an interactive petting zoo, and multiple attractions that allow the people to get up close and personal with wild animals.
The Park is a family-oriented attraction that allows guests to feed and interact with some of the animals. The park holds over 60 animal species.
The purpose of the Endangered Wolf Center is to educate the public on the world’s endangered wolf species by providing an engaging experience. They also thrive to spread awareness through social media to reach a larger audience.
Grant Farm is home many species, both domestic and exotic, of hoofstock.
Lakeside Nature Center is located within Swope Park which also surrounds the Kansas City Zoo. Lakeside Nature Center provides educational and recreational activities focusing on environmental awareness and conservation of native plants and animals and their habitats.
Lazy L Safari Park is a walk-thru zoo that allows guests to get up close and personal with a number of exotic animal species. The park holds over 50 species of animals.
The Promised Land Zoo is home to a drive through safari, a petting zoo, and over 500 animals.
More than a thousand live tropical butterflies fly freely in the glass conservatory at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center. Watch a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis right before your eyes. Or go outside and visit native and migrating species in the Butterfly Garden.
The Butterfly Palace offers a walk through jungle experience with live butterflies from around the world. Also located near the palace is an insect zoo, exhibiting exotic insects.
The Wild Animal Safari offers a drive through safari option to see some of the larger, more dangerous animals and also a walk through area where the smaller, gentler animals can be observed.
The mission of Wonders of Life is to educate, inform, and entertain visitors concerning the value of fish and wildlife; to help them appreciate our heritage of hunting; and fishing and to motivate their personal involvement in the conservation of our outdoor resources.
The mission of World Aquarium is to present, promote and protect the world of water. They fulfill their mission through education, exhibits, conservation programming and research projects.
The mission of World Bird Sanctuary is to preserve the earth s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments. They work to fulfill this mission through education, propagation, field studies, and rehabilitation.
The Beartooth Nature Center is devoted to providing a home to animals that can no longer be released back into the wild. These animals have become ambassadors to educate the public on the importance of conserving Montana’s wildlife.
The Montana Grizzly Encounter is home to grizzly bears that have been rescued from poor captive environments and cannot be released back into the wild. The Institution’s mission is to educate the public on the importance of the conservation of bears in their natural habitats.
The Raptors of the Rockies Institution is devoted to providing a safe home for injured raptor species, to educate through the use of live birds, and to promote conservation of these species and their habitats.
The mission of ZooMontana is to create for their visitors an enjoyable, recreational and educational experience while providing quality care for the animal and plant collections and appropriate propagation programs for species that are needed.
Aksarben Aquarium & Outdoor Education Center houses 12 display tanks arranged in a circular pattern that include various species of fish, reptile, and amphibians.
The McRoberts Game Farm’s main focus is the continuation of exotic breeding that was started by their founder, Jerry McRoberts. They want to maintain his legacy, as well as continue to share their animals with the public.
Pioneers Park Nature Center interprets the natural history of Nebraska and the central great plains; promotes the enjoyment, appreciation, and awareness of our natural environment; practices and fosters a conservation ethic; and provides a sanctuary for wildlife and a peaceful retreat for people.
It is Animal Ark's belief that wild animals belong in the wild and for those animals that are not capable of surviving in the wild on their own, they have the power to represent their wild cousins and educate people about the importance environmental stewardship.
The Bonnie Springs Ranch Petting Zoo offers families an exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with native & exotic animals. The petting zoo on the property of Bonnie Springs Ranch is now non-profit.
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is a tropical paradise to over 300 birds who call the habitat home as well as turtles and koi fish.
The Sierra Safari Zoo is home to many different species of animals and is staffed completely by volunteers.
They are compelled to create a safe environment – an environment in which these animals could live in serenity.
Tiger Touch is an exotic feline sanctuary.
The Lion Habitat Ranch strives to connect the public with lions in the hopes of raising awareness to protect wild lion habitats.
Located in a solar-powered, “green” facility, Safe Haven is a wildlife refuge for animals that can no longer be released into the wild. They also provide educational and outreach programs to the public. “Safe Haven primarily receives placement requests from local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement services, veterinarians and citizens.”
Gilcrease is a sanctuary for rescued animals of all species that provides recreational and educational opportunities for the visitors.
The Aquarium Las Vegas holds thousands of tropical fish and offers a live mermaid show for guests. The Aquarium also holds three species of sting rays and sharks.
The SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is home to many different species from numerous ecosystems around the world. SeaQuest is devoted to educating the public in a family-friendly way in order for the public to gain appreciation and knowledge of these animal species.
The Blue Ocean Discovery Center holds tanks that aid in educating visitors about marine invertebrates and algae. There is also a touch tank.
Charmingfare Farm is home to both domesticated and wild animals native to the New Hampshire area with some exotics.
The mission their facility is "to educate visitors about the importance of the estuarine and oceanic ecosystems of the New Hampshire coast, while providing a unique opportunity to view and touch sea animals that they may never otherwise encounter.”
The Loon Center works through exhibits and displays to educate the public about New Hampshire’s wildlife.
The Seacoast Science Center offers educational programs, exhibits, interpretation, as well as participates in marine mammal rescue to inform visitors on the importance of having healthy ocean ecosystems. Seacoast Science Center works as a responder to stranded marine mammals using a hotline.
New Jersey's first zoo has been providing education and enjoyment to the community of Bridgeton since 1934.
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum promotes an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment through programs that integrate arts, sciences, and the humanities.
The Lakota Wolf Preserve offers educational wolf watch tours in order to help the public better understand endangered wolf species.
The Liberty Science Center contains exhibits that aim to educate the public on animals found in their backyards. There is another exhibit devoted to the prey-catching strategies of other species.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is dedicated to responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey’s waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild.
The New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences promotes the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats through research, education and youth development programs.
Popcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals.
Rizzo’s Wildlife World aims to teach its visitors about the importance of conserving the native New Jersey species.
Six Flags Great Adventure has a new attraction in which guests can go on a safari ride and see some of the 1,200 animals that the park holds. The ride give guests a close-up experience to some of the world’s most exotic animals.
The Space Farms Zoo & Museum is home to over 500 animals representing over 100 species, both exotic and native wild species.
The Raptor Trust is one of the leading forces in raptor rehabilitation and is also home to a few resident raptors which are used for education purposes.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife rehabilitation center, nature center, and is also home to some permanent native animal residents who could not be returned back to the wild.
The Alameda Park Zoo provides an aesthetically pleasing naturalistic environment, which promotes education in the environmental fields of study, conservation of local and global environments, recreation, and biological research.
The American International Rattlesnake Museum has the largest collection of live rattlesnakes in the world and works to educate the public in order to conserve the species.
The goal of the Refuge management is to provide habitat and protection for migratory birds and endangered species and provide the public with a high quality wildlife and educational experience.
The Hillcrest Park Zoo is home to many species of exotic animals and is currently undergoing a more naturalistic renovation.
Rio Grande Nature Center preserves and protects the Rio Grande Bosque, educates the public about Rio Grande ecosystems, and fosters positive human interactions with those systems.
The New Mexico BioPark Society is dedicated to the development of, procurement for and capital improvement of the ABQ BioPark (Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach) and to providing a quality facility through the support of related conservation, education and recreation programs.
The Spring River Zoo is home to native and exotic species of wildlife.
Victory Ranch is a 1,000 acre ranch that is home to alpacas. These alpacas are able to be fed by the public, but also provide wool for the ranch to make products for sale to visitors.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is a rescue center for displaced or un-releasable wolves from other captive institutions. The rescued wolves are able to help the sanctuary educate the public on the importance of wolves in their ecosystems.
The Wildlife West Nature Park is home to many native species who could not be released back into the wild due to injury.
Adirondack Animal Land is home to over 500 animals and is a wildlife propagation facility. They strive to increase the public’s appreciation for the world’s species, as well as educate their visitors.
The Animal Adventure Park provides a very interactive zoo experience, offering the ability to hand feed a number of exotic species. These experiences are used to educate the public about the species in the zoo.
The Aquarium of Niagara supports education and research through its displays and live exhibits of aquatic and marine life.
Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is the fifth oldest zoological institution in the country and has evolved into a naturalistic environment. The Zoo is dedicated to educating its visitors about conservation, and it holds over 100 species.
The Aquarium exhibits native New York species and works towards conservation of these species through education and breeding programs.
Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo is home to exotic animals, as well as a deer petting zoo and goat maternity ward.
The Long Island Aquarium aims to provide and educational and entertaining marine experience to its guests through exhibits and programs.
The Zoo offers a natural environment where guests can interact with the animals. They exhibit both native and exotic species.
With a collection of native species, the Zoo’s focus is on “conservation, education, scientific study and responsible recreation.”
The Sweetbriar Nature Center actively participates in conservation and education programs and is also home to butterfly house.
The Utica Zoo is home to more than 200 animals, representing both native and exotic species.
The Wild Animal Park is home to a variety of exotic and domestic animals to provide an educational and recreational experience for its visitors.
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center is home to several birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians which are used as animal ambassadors to promote education and conservation.
White Post is an animal farm with a mixture of exotic and domestic animals. Visitors are able to feed a number of animal species.
The Carolina Raptor Center is home to many permanent raptor residents who could not be released back into the wild due to their injuries and is also an operating rehabilitation and research center.
The Carolina Tiger Rescue provides permanent sanctuary to wild cats and is also furthering research and education about wild cat species.
Cherokee Bear Zoo offers a firsthand observation of these beautiful creations since it is rare to witness them in their natural habitat.
The Duke Lemur Center is a research and conservation center for prosimian primates.
Lynnwood provides educational enjoyment for Onslow County and the Camp Lejeune Area.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences combines living and non-living exhibits to educate the public about the local ecosystem of North Carolina.
The mission of Tiger World is to provide a stimulating learning environment for generations to come. To promote awareness about the Endangered and Threatened Species of the world. Also, to maintain a safe secure preservation area for the public and for endangered and threatened wildlife.
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The Butterfly House offers over 50 different types of butterflies, along with butterfly bushes and other plants and flowers.
Containing over 100 species of animals and insects, the Discovery Zoo offers many programs to give the visitor an interactive and educational zoo experience.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium strives to bring attention to aquatic life and conservation through their exhibits. They focus on both freshwater and marine ecosystems in a hands-on way in order to educate guests on how their actions can affect aquatic environments.
Horsefeathers Farm is under the sponsorship of the Cincinnati Zoo and specializes in breeding Parma wallabies.
Besides containing a waterpark, Kalahari Resort offers a recreational and educational experience with a number of exotic animal species. A junior keeper program is also offered to reach younger audiences in a more hands-on and interactive way.
The Lagoon Deer Park is home to several species of hoofstock and also some large birds and allows visitors to walk through the park, feeding the animals.
Noah’s Lost Ark is a sanctuary for exotic and wild animals and educates the public through guided tours.
The Bird Nerd Rescue & Sanctuary rescues domestic parrots in order to rehabilitate them and find them a new home. The Sanctuary also uses enrichment for behavioral rehabilitation.
The Butterfly House offers over 1,000 butterflies from North and South America, as well as Asia. Their goal is to educate visitors on the butterfly’s biological characteristics, as well as how to create a healthy environment for them at their own home.
The Farm at Walnut Creek is a zoo experience that visitors can enjoy from either their vehicles or from a horse-drawn wagon. Visitors can also feed the animals from their vehicles.
While the animals roam free upon acres of land, visitors experience the Wagon Trails Animal Park from a guided tour within an open bus.
Wolf Timbers provides an area where visitors and researchers can view the Timber Wolf in a captive but natural setting to promote conservation and awareness.
Arbuckle Wilderness is a drive through safari and amusement park.
The Coble Highland Ranch & Zoo is home to both domestic and exotic animals, featuring both a petting area as well as the opportunity to feed some of the animals.
The Endangered Ark Foundation offers refuge to Asian elephants who were once used as circus animals. The Foundation also strives to educate the public on the endangered status of the species.
The G.W. Exotic Animal Park is an exotic animal sanctuary which advocates proper care of animals in captivity and also educated the public about exotic species.
The Hochatown Petting Zoo offers the chance to interact with domestic farm animals, reptiles, birds, and some exotic species.
Lost Creek Safari offers a personalized experience with the exotic species within the zoo. Reservations can be made for a guided tour with staff, and visitors are able to learn about each one of the animals within their care.
Oakhill Center is a Related Organizational member of the American Association of Zoos & Aquariums. They are a non-profit conservation center dedicated to the long term conservation of rare & endangered species through propagation and education.
The mission of the Oklahoma Zoo is conservation through education, through enlightening exhibits, educational programs and up close encounters.
Peek-A-Boo Petting ZOo offers an up-close experience with the animals in their care. Visitors are able to handle and feed the animals, and a number of events can be held at the zoo for a personalized experience.
Safari Joe’s Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary offers rehabilitation to rescued species of exotic animals. They take in abused and neglected animals in hopes of caring for them, as well as spreading awareness surrounding the species.
The Menagerie is a family farm that contains both domestic and exotic species in a petting zoo setting.
Tiger Safari is devoted to teaching students and the community about the importance of caring for both exotic and domestic animals and the habitats in which they live.
Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, the Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
Our goal is to introduce and educate as many quests as possible to our many feline ambassadors and to help raise public awareness and support for many of these rare and endangered cats.
We have been educating and entertaining kids and adults alike on how unique and “not-so-scary” most reptiles are once you get to know them.
The mission of Sea Lion Caves is to share as much information about sea lions and other marine animals to establish long term conservation through education.
The Seaside Aquarium is privately owned and descendants of some of the founders are still active in the aquarium operation. The Aquarium is proud to be involved in public awareness programs: Marine Mammal Stranding; Seaside Beach Advisory Program; Sea Week; Haystack Rock Awareness Program; the Wildlife Center of the North Coast and other marine education tours and activities for school children.
The West Coast Game Park is a walk-through safari and, due to its breeding program, allows hands-on contact by the public with baby animals.
This facility is a safari park which offers hands-on interactions with some of its animal residents.
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Lake Tobias Wildlife Park is home to exotic, free-roaming animals that can be seen from a safari bus. They also offer an interactive experience where guests can get up-close and personal with animals, as well as a chance to learn about baby animals from staff around the park.
Living Treasures Animal Park offers lots of up-close interactions with their animals.
Penns Cave is America's only all-water cavern and wildlife park. You will have the opportunity to learn about geology, biology, geography, and agriculture...while having fun!
The Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion provides an interactive experience for people of all ages in order to share the world of insects with its visitors.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium strives to create an experience between its visitors and the animals so that there is a feeling of interconnectedness with the natural world.
The Pymatuning Deer Park features over 250 animals, both exotic and domestic. Visitors are able to interact with some of the domestic animals, as well as feed them in the Kiddie Zoo.
T&D’s Cats of the World takes in neglected and abused exotic animals.
The Farmers Inn gives its guests an up-close experience with exotic and domestic animals. Visitors are able to feed and pet the domestic animals.
Watch Phil and the other groundhogs as they play, eat and do what groundhogs do best–sleep! Punxsutawney Phil can be seen from outside or from inside the Library.
The Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania provides a naturalistic captive setting for over 40 wolves and works to raise awareness about wolves and their native habitat. The sanctuary provides a naturalistic captive setting for over 40 wolves and works to raise awareness about wolves and their native habitat.
The Woodland Zoo is home to exotic and native species and provides many interactive experiences to its guests.
The Audubon Environmental Education Center provides educational events and programs with the goal of connecting visitors to the environment. The Environmental Education Center provides a look into Rhode Island’s natural history while also providing marine education by means of tanks and a tide pool.
Biomes Marine Biology Center is a marine education facility that provides a hands-on experience for visitors. They are focused on the local marine species.
Butterfly Zoo is a living butterfly zoo, a gallery of magnificent swallowtail butterfly specimens. Learn how to mount a specimen, or learn how to plant a butterfly garden to attract these flying flowers to your yard.
Norman Bird Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary which is also home to 15 education animals which are on display to the public.
Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium protects, restores and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, including its watershed and adjacent coastal waters, through an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action.
The International Primate Protection League maintains a Gibbon Sanctuary for some of the primates who could be released into the wild.
The Waccatee Zoological Farm exhibits a collection of domestic and exotic animals.
The Bear Country U.S.A. promotes conservation of native species through exhibits, drive through tours, and breeding programs.
The Butterfly House & Aquarium provides close interactions with many different species of butterflies.
Reptile Gardens has one of the largest collections of tropical plants and reptiles in the country.
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit rescue and home of unwanted, orphaned, or rescued animals.
Rain Forest Adventures is home to many different rain forest species from several continents. Guests have many opportunities to get hands-on interactions with some of the animals.
The Smokey Mountain Deer Farm Exotic Petting Zoo is home to some exotic as well as domestic animals.
The Tennessee Safari Park is a drive through safari featuring more than 60 species of animals. There are also many opportunities for interactions with some of the animals.
Tiger Haven, Inc. provides sanctuary to many species of wild cats, both native and exotic.
The Amarillo Zoo exhibits both native and exotic species.
The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor strives to educate its visitors on marine species through live exhibits, as well as through changing exhibits focused on research and sustainable use of coastal region resources.
The Austin Aquarium offers guests a chance at a face-to-face experience with multiple species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds throughout their 35 exhibits. There is also a sting-ray touch tank that offers people of all ages a chance to interact with marine species.
Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary which houses animals who have been retired from zoos or rescued from improper care.
The Bayou Wildlife Zoo offers guests an opportunity to experience free-roam exotic species by guided tram tours. There are also monkey islands and alligator ponds.
Bear Creek is a park that features trails, sports fields, as well as a small zoo containing primarily domestic species.
With 256 species, the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park offers guests of all ages eye-level exhibits to learn about a number of aquatic ecosystems and organisms.
The Zoological Garden specializes in the breeding of and exhibition of exotic birds.
Crocodile Encounter gives guests an up-close experience with a number of animal species, as well as an opportunity to learn from traveling educational shows.
With over 700 animals, the Exotic Resort Zoo offers a guided safari experience through free-roam ranges of exotic species such as zebras, oryx and more. The Zoo also doubles as a resort.
The Frank Buck Zoo is home to many different species of animals from all over the world.
The Franklin Drive Thru Safari offers guests the opportunity to view exotic animal species from the comfort of their vehicles. Guests can also sign up for guided tours.
Gator Country is home to alligators that have been removed from a nuisance situation, as well as those rescued after hurricanes and other severe weather events. There are also other species of reptiles available for public viewing.
Home to over 150 domestic farm animals, Green Meadows Petting Farm gives guests the ability to feed animals, milk cows and watch pig races. Green Meadows has activities for all members of the family.
In Sync Exotics is a non-profit organization devoted to caring for rescued exotic felines.
The mission of International Exotic Feline Sanctuary is and should be – what is in the animals’ best interest at all times, without regard to the humans or politics involved.
The Marine Science Institute is a marine research facility that aims to provide research and education for their students regarding marine life, as well as outreach to the public. The University has many marine research facilities, including a fisheries and mariculture lab.
The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is modeled after an African safari.
Primarily Primates is a sanctuary for exotic animals, housing mostly primates.
Offering families the ability to learn about species from around the world, the San Antonio Aquarium is a highly interactive and immersive aquarium experience. Visitors are able to touch and feed many of the species within the aquarium.
Sea Center Texas is an educational aquarium, as well as a redfish hatchery, that houses Texas marine wildlife.
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch is a non-profit organization that strives to educate its visitors on conservation topics while providing an up-close experience with exotic animal species.
Located on the Kemah Boardwalk, Stingray Reef gives guests the opportunity to feed and interact with stingrays. There are also rainforest-themed exhibits housing piranhas, snakes, tarantulas, and more.
The Texas Reptile Zoo is an institution that educates the public about various reptile species, as well as conducts behavioral research.
The Austin Nature & Science Center exhibits animals that are native to the area in an effort to educate the public and to conserve the native wildlife.
The Capital of Texas Zoo is home to over 500 animals and has two missions: wildlife education and the conservation of endangered species.
The Butterfly Center is a walk through butterfly house with hundreds of specimens.
The Museum is home to “animal ambassadors” from around the world, including many native and exotic species.
"The Texas Zoo connects people with wildlife from Texas and the rest of the world; and advances conservation through education, recreation, science and action.”
Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to over 40 big cats who have been rescued from poor conditions. Their mission is to educate the public on big cat conservation, as well as to form an outreach program to wild big cats.
Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive Thru Safari is a drive thru zoo that gives visitors the ability to feed most of the animals from their vehicles. There are more than 50 species of wildlife at Topsey Exotic Ranch.
Wildcat Bluff Nature Center is a place of inspiration, a place for people to embrace the spirit of the land by exploring the natural magic of the Texas Panhandle.
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is a 501 © non-profit organization. ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities for Stewardship of Lake Champlain Basin.
Bluebird Gap Farm offers an exciting, family-oriented adventure and educational experience rarely seen in an urban environment. The 60-acre farm has around 150 domestic and wild animals. They have the usual farm animals such as horses, cows, pigs, goats, and chickens. They are also home to birds of prey, whitetail deer, llamas, alpacas, tortoises, peacocks, rabbits, and waterfowl.
The Leesburg Animal Park is home to many species of native and exotic species and also provides different interactive programs with animals to its guests.
The Luray Zoo & Reptile Zoo exhibits a large collection of reptiles and other exotic animals.
The Metro Richmond Zoo exhibits exotic and native species in a naturalistic setting and also provides many interactive programs.
The Natural Bridge Zoo is a rescue and breeding zoo for exotic animals.
Roer's Zoofari, formerly Reston Zoo, is a 30-acre park of adventure for all ages.
The Virginia Safari Park felt there was a need and desire for people to be able to see wild animals in a much more natural environment than had previously been available. The Park is dedicated to helping guests appreciate their animals in the beautiful and natural setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley.
Cat Tales Zoological Park is a rescue organization for animals and is also a “zoo school” where students can come to learn the profession of zoo keeping.
The Cougar Mountain Zoo exhibits endangered animals which have a high education value to the public to promote its mission of educating the public in preserving the species in the wild.
The farm exhibits exotic animals, many of which have been rescued as orphans.
The Pacific Science Center is home to several permanent animal displays including a butterfly house.
The Poulsbo Marine Science Center is still in the process of building exhibits and collecting animals to put on permanent display. They aim to educate the public about the surrounding marine ecosystems.
The Seattle Bug Safari houses more than 50 species of insects.
The Museum promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.
Wolf Haven rescues captive born wolves from private owners, road side zoos and other poor conditions and allows them a permanent, safe home.
The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. Operated by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Center is dedicated to presenting visitors a realistic and factual understanding of our state's wildlife.
West Virginia Zoo is known for its up close and personal encounters with all of our adorable, and not so adorable residents.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife rehabilitation center and is home to animals which are on display.
The Bear Den Wildlife Zoo & Petting Zoo exhibits native, exotic and domestic animals.
The Irvine Park Zoo is currently undergoing renovations to become more modern and to maintain humane treatment for the animals that it houses.
JoDon Farms is home to both domestic and exotic animals and allows up-close contact between the guests and the animals.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is home to native and exotic animals and hosts many programs for both adults and children.
The Menominee Park Zoo encourages the appreciation of the native and exotic animals that it exhibits.
Valley of the Kings Sanctuary & Retreat provides a permanent home to abandoned, abused and retired exotic and domestic animals. They promote the “wildness” of animals.
Wildwood Zoo exhibits North American animals in a naturalistic setting.
The Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo is home to a butterfly garden as well as many exhibits.
Animal Haven Zoo exhibits both domestic and exotic animals.
Wildwood Wildlife Park & Nature Center strives to give guests an unforgettable, personal experience with endangered species that they would otherwise never see.
Concord Zoo is a petting zoo located at the Concord General Store and gas station.
Ochsner Zoo is a municipal zoo that exhibits both exotic and domestic animal species.
Timbavati Wildlife Park is an immersive animal experience that is home to over 70 species.
As a part of a larger recreational park, the Wilderness Walk offers guests the ability to learn about domestic and exotic animals, as well as the ability to feed deer.
Wisconsin Deer Park offers visitors a unique, hands-on experience with over 100 deer.
Reiman Aquarium strives to teach its visitors about many of the world’s aquatic and marine ecosystems.
The MacKenzie Center houses animal species that are native to Wisconsin in order to educate its visitors on the animals within their state.
Glacier Ridge Animal Farm offers guests the ability to experience both domestic and exotic species. They strive to maintain the feel of a farm as well.
FAWN-DOE-ROSA houses many domestic species and gives visitors the ability to interact with many them. Visitors are able to pet deer, rabbits and other animals.
Guests are able to experience Shalom’s animals by foot or on a rented golf cart. Shalom is home to over 400 animals, all in naturalistic environments.
Special Memories Zoo exhibits exotic animals, as well as those native to the state of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue is home to cats from previously poor conditions. It gives the cats an opportunity to be ambassadors to the Rescue's visitors.
The Butterfly Gardens are home to both captive and free-flying butterflies, as well as a couple of amphibians and reptiles. They strive to inspire visitors to plant butterfly-friendly plants.
The mission of the Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary is to provide a sanctuary and place of rehabilitation for animals who have previously been used in laboratory research. Dogs and cats are rehabilitated in a home-like environment. Cats and dogs at The Kindness Ranch live together with their human caretakers in spacious yurts specially designed to meet their needs. They receive round-the-clock care to help them adjust to their new lives
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