Where are the best zoos in the world?
Popular travel site TripAdvisor’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards gathers millions of user reviews from across their database to highlight some of the best hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations in cities across the globe.
One of those categories is zoos, and in 2017 Prague Zoo has again been rated as one of the finest in the world.
In 2014, Prague Zoo was ranked number 7, and in 2015 the Zoo moved all the way up to number 4, behind only California’s San Diego Zoo, Spain’s Loro Parque, and Singapore Zoo. Traveler’s Choice Awards for Zoos were not published in 2016.
The #4 ranking for Prague Zoo was quite an achievement, and one that the location has used throughout their promotional materials. A quick glance at their English-language website touts the #4 ranking front-and-center.
This year, however, they’ll have to update that: Prague Zoo has fallen all the way down to number 5 in the just-released Traveler’s Choice 2017 rankings for Zoos. The UK’s Chester Zoo has usurped both Prague and Singapore to take the #3 ranking.
In what might be a surprise, Loro Parque has also unseated San Diego Zoo for the #1 ranking in the world.
But a top five finish is still quite wonderful, to be frank, and a big win for both Prague Zoo and the city of Prague, which can boast one of the best attractions in the world for both tourists and locals.
“It’s pure joy,” said Prague Zoo Director Miroslav Bobek on Facebook.
“For years we’ve been at an absolute peak and we’re even the first in continental Europe. Great thanks to all visitors, supporters and in particular to the employees of the Prague Zoo and its founders!”
Prague Zoo was devastated fifteen years by the 2002 floods that engulfed much of Prague, but great effort has been in recent years to rebuild the location to the highest possible standards.
And they’re not finished yet: recent Czech-Chinese relations have led to the strong likelihood that Prague will be receiving endangered panda bears in the near future, and work is already underway on construction of a new enclosure for them.
A new Asia exhibit at the front of the zoo with enclosures for pandas and other animals and a restaurant overlooking the city will replace the current arctic one, and the zoo’s polar bears, penguins, and seals will get a much-needed upgrade in another location out of the sunlight.
Watch out Loro Parque and San Diego: in a few years time, Prague Zoo is looking to unseat you at #1.
Here are the full rankings for TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveler’s Choice Awards for Zoos:
- Loro Parque (Puerto de la Cruz, Spain)
- San Diego Zoo (Sand Diego, USA)
- Chester Zoo (Chester, UK)
- Singapore Zoo (Singapore)
- Prague Zoo (Prague, Czech Republic)
- St. Louis Zoo (St. Louis, USA)
- Tiergarten Schönbrunn – Zoo Vienna (Vienna, Austria)
- ZooParc de Beauval (Saint-Aignan, France)
- Bioparc Valencia (Valencia, Spain)
- Folly Farm (Begelly, UK)