A zoo (short for zoological park or zoological garden, and also called a menagerie) is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures, displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred.

The term zoological garden refers to zoology, the study of animals, a term deriving from the Greek zōon (ζῷον, "animal") and lógos (λóγος, "study"). The abbreviation "zoo" was first used of the London Zoological Gardens, which opened for scientific study in 1828 and to the public in 1847. The number of major animal collections open to the public around the world now exceeds 1,000, around 80 percent of them in cities.

However, keeping animals in zoos raises concerns for animals rights.

Zoos typically house more wild animals than domesticated ones.

Read more about Zoo:  Etymology, Appearance and Type, Sources and Care of Animals

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Lincoln Park Zoo - History
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Sources and Care of Animals - Regulation of Zoos - Europe
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Lincoln Park Zoo - Exhibits
... The zoo's exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totalling nearly 1,250 animals ... species native to the Midwest are exhibited within the Pritzker Family Children's Zoo within Lincoln Park Zoo ... The Children's Zoo also features an indoor climbing structure for children designed by Tom Luckey ...
Lahore Zoo
... Lahore Zoo (Punjabi لہور چڑیا گھر, Urdu لاہور چڑیا گھر‎) in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, established in 1872, one of the largest zoos in ... Today the zoo houses a collection of about 1380 animals of 136 species ... Lahore Zoo was the host of the fifth annual conference of SAZARC in 2004 ...
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... In the late 1990s, the Metro Washington Park Zoo in Portland, Oregon, (now the Oregon Zoo), in conjunction with Brøderbund, ran a summer-long event titled Where in the Zoo Is ... were hired to play Carmen's henchmen, who could be found around the zoo, and on occasions a costumed Carmen appeared, as well, but never in a location where patrons could interact with her ...

Famous quotes containing the word zoo:

    ...there was the annual Fourth of July picketing at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. ...I thought it was ridiculous to have to go there in a skirt. But I did it anyway because it was something that might possibly have an effect. I remember walking around in my little white blouse and skirt and tourists standing there eating their ice cream cones and watching us like the zoo had opened.
    Martha Shelley, U.S. author and social activist. As quoted in Making History, part 3, by Eric Marcus (1992)

    The zoo cannot but disappoint. The public purpose of zoos is to offer visitors the opportunity of looking at animals. Yet nowhere in a zoo can a stranger encounter the look of an animal. At the most, the animal’s gaze flickers and passes on. They look sideways. They look blindly beyond.
    John Berger (b. 1926)