Newt’s Favorite Zoos
Newt has liked animals and zoos since he was a little boy. His relatives used to take him to the Hershey Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. When he was ten he went to the Harrisburg City Council and made an appeal for a zoo for Pennsylvania’s capital city. As a teenager, Newt wanted to be either a zoo director or a vertebrate paleontologist. As a young college professor, he coordinated the Interdisciplinary Program on Environmental Studies at West Georgia College. Newt and Callista visit zoos and museums everywhere they go. Newt has visited nearly 100 zoos around the world. Callista is catching up.
Some of their favorite zoos follow.
San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park. These two great attractions combine to be the finest zoo in the world. They are amazing in the quality of exhibits and the number of species.
Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo. Both are run by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Central Park Zoo is a little gem in the middle of the city. The Wildlife Conservation Society does more research in the wild than any other zoo in the world.
Zoo Atlanta Callista and Newt take their grandchildren, Maggie and Robert, to this zoo regularly. They love its world class gorilla and panda exhibits.
Animal Kingdom at Disney World is an extraordinary experience of animals, rides and performances.
The Palm Beach Zoo has a world class jaguars, wonderful giant anteaters, and Malayan Tigers.
Audubon Zoo in New Orleans Newt’s daughters were first zood (if that is a word) at Audubon Park. Ron Forman has done a brilliant job creating a modern zoo in an old historic park. Their Louisiana swamp exhibit is spectacular.
The North Carolina Zoo is the best kept secret in the zoo world. Naturalistic exhibits spread over 1000 acres.
The Cincinnati Zoo has one of the most diverse animal collections in the world and has a really good insect exhibit.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, provides great depth in featuring the flora and fauna of the desert.
Zoo America at Hershey Park is located only 3 miles from where Newt grew up. He spent many wonderful afternoons wandering around this zoo and imagining what it would be like to be a zookeeper.
The Omaha Zoo is one of the best zoos in America. Its nocturnal house is one of the best in the world.