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Photo Friday: Places for kids who love animals

If your children are animal lovers, care for a treasured pet or deliver heartfelt speeches on the terrible effects of whaling on the sperm whale population; they’ve probably already told you that today is World Animal Day.

To celebrate a day of caring for the cute and fuzzy, the feathered and winged, even the scaly and slimy; we’ve put together some pictures ideas for your next holiday break, if you want to centre your holiday around getting your little activists enthused about some of the amazing creatures to be found in all corners of the globe.



When some animal rights lovers think of a zoo, they sometimes think of dank, dark cages and sad animals in wretched captivity. But the truth is that many zoos around the world are beautiful places to live, dedicated to animal conservation and providing their fluffy guests with plenty of room to roam and live free-range, as it were. These are some of the best.


Chester Zoo, Chester, England.

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Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria

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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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Bronx Zoo, New York City, United States

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Berlin Zoological Garden, Berlin, Germany

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Apart from the only way for many of us to experience incredibly tough to spot deepwater fish (such as the rarely-seen-in-captivity Sunfish which you can find in Valencia or Lisbon) – and the slow, otherworldly elegance of the earth beneath sea-level, aquariums are homebase for many marine biologists, whose jobs are to try and keep the oceanic ecosystems in balance.

Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre, Dubai, U.A.E.

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The Deep Aquarium, Hull, England

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L’Oceanogràfic, Valencia, Spain

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Turkuazoo, Istanbul, Turkey

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Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

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