Animal Encounters

Animal encounters include animal sanctuaries, national parks, state parks, zoos, aquariums, and other attractions and experiences involving animals.

Visit Yellowstone National Park without Making Headlines

Elk at Yellowstone

National Parks are not petting zoos. Follow these tips when you visit Yellowstone National Park to enjoy your experience without making the evening news. Since its creation more than 100 years ago, America’s first national park is often in the news. Unfortunately, the stories aren’t always about the hundreds of animal species that roam the naturally wild …

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What to Expect When You Visit the Albuquerque BioPark

Elephant at the ABQ BioPark Zoo

The Albuquerque Biological Park, often referred to as the Albuquerque BioPark, is made up of four separate facilities:  the Rio Grande Zoo, the Botanic Garden, an aquarium, and Tingley Beach. Here’s what to expect when you visit the Albuquerque BioPark.

A Visit to the Cincinnati Zoo (Yes, We Saw Fiona!)

A Visit to the Cincinnati Zoo (Yes, We Saw Fiona!)

While the Cincinnati Zoo has held the title of “Greenest Zoo in America” since 2010, it is now probably more famous as the home of Fiona the baby hippo. With photos and fun facts, join me on a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo!  

Fun Facts About Giant Pandas

Beginning with a panda cub carried into the United States in the arms of fashion designer Ruth Harkness back in 1936, Americans have been fascinated by these adorable mammals. Here are 20 fun facts about giant pandas.

A Visit to Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia

Should you visit the Atlanta Zoo?

In 1984, Zoo Atlanta was rated as one of the worst zoos in the nation. Then zoo leadership and the Atlanta community rallied to turn things around.  Is it worth visiting Zoo Atlanta today?

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