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TripAdvisor Announces Travellers’ Choice Zoos and Aquariums
TripAdvisor Community of Millions Names Melbourne Zoo in Australia #1 Zoo in Australia and the South Pacific

SYDNEY, Australia, August 5, 2014 – TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its Travellers' Choice™ awards for Zoos and Aquariums around the globe. In total, 275 winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for South Pacific, Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America, the U.K. and the U.S.

“For those wanting to see the world’s most wondrous creatures, TripAdvisor has named the Travellers’ Choice Zoos and Aquariums, as chosen by the community of millions,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travellers can enjoy a fun and educational experience at any of these popular award-winning attractions around the globe.”

Travellers’ Choice awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for zoos and aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Zoos – Australia

10.     Cairns Tropical Zoo, Cairns, Queensland

Zoos – World

1.     Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, USA

2.     San Diego Zoo, San Diego, USA

3.     Loro Parque, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain

4.     St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, USA

5.     Singapore Zoo, Singapore

6.     Chester Zoo, Chester, United Kingdom

7.     Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), Prague, Czech Republic

8.     Tiergarten Schoenbrunn – Zoo Vienna, Vienna, Austria

9.     Bioparc Valencia, Valencia, Spain

10.   Gramado Zoo, Gramado, Brazil

Zoos – South Pacific

10.     Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch, New Zealand

Aquariums – South Pacific

1.    Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

2.    Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, Australia

3.    Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, Noumea, New Caledonia

4.    Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland, New Zealand

5.    Ocean Park Aquarium, Denham, western Australia

6.    Aquarium of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

7.    UnderWater World, Gold Coast, Australia

8.    Reef HQ, Townsville, Australia

9.    National Aquarium, Napier, New Zealand

Aquariums – World

1.     Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, USA

2.     Oceanario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

3.     Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, USA

4.     Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, USA

5.     Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg, USA

6.     Aquaworld Aquarium, Hersonissos, Greece

7.     Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, USA

8.     Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, Canada

9.     Mundomar, Benidorm, Spain

Australia is King of the Jungle for South Pacific Zoos and Aquariums Lists

Australia leads the tally on the South Pacific lists of zoos and aquariums, with 20 of the top 25 zoos, including Melbourne Zoo, Australia’s first zoo dating back to 1862, taking out the top position. Seven of the top 10 South Pacific aquariums are also in Australia, with Busselton Jetty in Perth topping the South Pacific list.

“TripAdvisor is an excellent way for us to get immediate feedback from our visitors, and it’s great for us to be recognised as one of the region’s top zoos.  We seek to create experiences for our visitors to connect with wildlife, understand their circumstances in the wild, and join us to take action in helping wildlife in a variety of ways, including our community conservation campaigns,” said Kevin Tanner, Director of Melbourne Zoo. 

For the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Zoos and Aquariums, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to:

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