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The crocodile enclosure at Basel Zoo, Switzerland

A 'zoo' (also called an animal park or menagerie) is a facility in which all animals are housed within enclosures, displayed to the public, and in which they may also breed.

The term "zoological garden" refers to zoology, the study of animals, a term deriving from the Greek 'zoion, "animal," and logia, "study.". The abbreviation "zoo" was first used of the London Zoological Gardens, which was opened for scientific study in 1828 and to the public in 1857. In the United States alone, zoos are visited by over 181 million people annually. Read more...

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A dolphinarium is an aquarium for dolphins. The dolphins are usually kept in a large pool, though occasionally they may be kept in pens in the open sea, either for research or for public performances. Some dolphinariums consist of one pool where dolphins perform for the public, others are part of larger parks, such as marine mammal parks, zoos or theme parks, keeping other animals and having other attractions as well.

While cetaceans have been held in captivity since the 1860s, the first commercial dolphinarium was opened only in 1938. Their popularity increased rapidly until the 1960s. Since the 1970s, increasing concern for animal welfare lead to stricter regulation, which in several countries ultimately resulted in the closure of all dolphinariums in the past decades. Despite this trend, dolphinariums are still widely spread in Europe, Japan and North America.

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One of the two male Whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium contains between 100,000 and 120,000 fish and other sea creatures, representing more than five hundred species.

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Entrance to the zoo with sculpture "Rex's Roar" after the lion that inspired the zoo

The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, is one of the largest and most progressive zoos in the world, with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. It is also one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda. It is privately operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of San Diego on 107 acres (0.43 km2) of parkland leased from the City of San Diego, and ownership of all animals, equipment and other assets rests with the City of San Diego.

The San Diego Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM), and a member of the Zoological Association of America. (Read more...)

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  • Start articles for red links at List of zoo associations; include list of members or accredited zoos.
  • Add infoboxes to zoo, aquarium, and aviary articles (see Category:Zoos or Category:WikiProject Zoo articles for lists of articles, and Category:Articles_needing_infobox_zoo for articles where infobox is missing).
  • Request logos and photos of zoo signs/entrances for inclusion in infoboxes.
  • Add {{reqphoto|zoos|in=location|of=name_of_zoo}} on the talk page if needed.
  • Flesh out infoboxes with sourced information (# of animals, featured exhibits, date opened, etc.).
  • Add {{WPZOO}} to each talk page.
  • Write articles :)
  • Find non-facility articles to include that are related to zoos, aquaria, and aviaries.
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