Animal theme park

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A black-handed spider monkey in the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Jerusalem

An animal theme park, also known as a zoological theme park, is a combination of an

amusement rides
, with classic zoo elements such as live animals confined within enclosures for display. Many times, live animals are utilized and featured as part of amusement rides and attractions found at animal theme parks.

Two examples of animal theme parks are Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida (580 acres or 2.3 square kilometres) and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida (335 acres or 1.36 square kilometres). These commercial parks are similar to open-range zoos and safari parks according to size, but different in intention and appearance, containing more entertainment and amusement elements (stage shows, amusement rides, etc.).

The term "animal theme park" can also be used to describe certain

amusement rides
and additional entertainment attractions, and are also where marine animals such as whales are kept, contained, put on display, and are sometimes trained to perform in shows.

In 2010 the practice of keeping animals as trained show performers in theme parks was heavily criticized when a trainer was killed by an

orca whale at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida.[1]

List of animal theme parks

Zoological theme parks

Marine theme parks (marine mammal parks and oceanariums)

Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia

Zoos with amusement attractions

Bronx Zoo, New York City

, United States

Most zoos have a carousel and/or Safari Train, but some zoos have more amusement attractions than that.

See also


  1. ^ "Limited Understanding Of Animals In Theme Parks". NPR.