What’s Your Favorite Zoo Animal?

By: Ian Fortey

What’s Your Favorite Zoo Animal?
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About This Quiz

It's estimated that there are over 10,000 zoos around the world. The U.S. alone has over 2,000 places that are considered licensed exhibitors of animals, hundreds of which are the really high-end zoos committed to a high standard of care for their animal exhibits. What does all that mean on a grand scale? That humans really love seeing animals, learning about animals, taking pictures of animals and just getting in touch with nature they'd otherwise never have contact with.

Now sure, some people might claim animals were meant to be free but look at it from the other side of the coin - a lot of these animals might not even exist in the wild anymore and would be extinct if not for human conservation efforts. Our interest in nature can be a double-edged sword like that. So while, ideally, animals would be roaming free in their natural environment, let's at least be happy that zoos exist to keep some of these species from disappearing entirely.

So don't let anyone make you feel bad about visiting a zoo - these places educate people about animals and help keep them alive. Now let's celebrate their efforts by taking a guess at just what animal at the zoo you love the most. Think we can? Take the quiz and see!

Going to the zoo is often a full-day activity. How often do you go to the zoo?
Not too often
Maybe once a year
Whenever I can
A couple of times a year

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Is there any animal you don't particularly like seeing at the zoo?
I'm not super interested in local wildlife.
I'm not a huge fan of livestock-type animals.
I like everything, I think.
Boring animals

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If you're going to check out some bears at the zoo, what kind of bear would you most like to see?
Panda
Polar bear
Grizzly
Koala

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Which of the big cats do you want to see the most when you go to the zoo?
Tiger
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah

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There are a lot of massive beasts at the zoo. Which one do you like the most?
Giraffes
Rhinos
Elephants
Hippos

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No one wants "Planet of the Apes" to come true, but which ape do you like the most?
Gibbons
Orangutans
Gorillas
Chimpanzees

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If you're going to check out some birds at the zoo, which one are you going to look at first?
Cassowary
Andean Condor
Golden Eagle
Penguins

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If you're planning a trip to the zoo, who are you going with?
A date
Alone
Family
Friends

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Do you ever check out exhibits featuring insects when you go to the zoo?
Not usually
If I have time
I like to check out everything.
I could.

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If the zoo has an aquarium, what exhibit are you most interested in checking out?
Turtles
Killer whales
Octopus
Dolphins

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What animal would you most like to feed at the zoo if you had the opportunity?
Giraffes
Zebras
Dolphins
Monkeys

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Not that you ever want to judge anyone based on looks, but what zoo animal has the coolest pattern?
Giraffe
Tiger
Zebra
Leopard

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Is there anything at the zoo that surprises you when you go?
All that walking
The size of the crowds
The price of food
How crazy monkeys can act sometimes

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Do you have a favorite reptilian exhibit to check out when you're at the zoo?
Anacondas
Alligators
Komodo dragons
Tortoises

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What species of monkey do you find to be the most fun to watch?
Tamarins
Macaques
Baboons
Spider monkeys

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If you like animals that are fleet of foot, maybe you should check out the hoofed animals. Which one do you want to see the most?
Giraffe
Antelope
Zebra
Water buffalo

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Dogs make great pets, but zoo dogs probably don't. Which dog-like animal do you want to see the most?
Wolves
Hyenas
Dingos
Foxes

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If you were only able to check out one venomous animal at the zoo, which one would it be?
Black Mamba
King Cobra
Gila Monster
Platypus

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How long do you typically spend at the zoo when you go?
I go for the full day.
Five or six hours
Three or four hours
Just a couple of hours

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Do you buy yourself a meal when you're at the zoo?
I pack my own food!
I'll eat a meal, even if it's kind of pricey.
I'll just grab some drinks.
I'll buy snacks.

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Which zoo animal makes the coolest sound that you can think of?
Wolves
Hyenas
Elephants
Howler monkeys

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This isn't practical or safe in any way, but if you could ride any animal at the zoo, what would it be?
Polar bear
Lion
Elephant
Zebra

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Which tiny mammal would you want to take home as a pet, if such a thing were allowed?
Lemur
Meerkat
Otter
Pygmy marmoset

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A lot of zoos divide up their exhibits by the geographical range the animals live in. Which part of the world do you tend to like the most?
Asia
Africa
It's a good mix, really.
South America

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Is there anything at the zoo you like to check out besides just looking at the animals?
The gift shop!
All the educational stuff
Botanical gardens
I like the restaurants.

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Do you ever sit and watch educational shows at the zoo?
I love to learn about animals.
Sure, if it's included in the price of admission.
If there's something interesting going on.
Not usually

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If no one else is around, do you talk to the animals at the zoo?
Only some animals
Not really
I might.
I'll do it even if people are around.

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What kind of animals do you find the most interesting in general?
Rare animals
Deadly animals
Smart animals
Funny animals

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What's your opinion on roadside zoos that maybe aren't on the up and up?
They should be shut down.
They need to be regulated.
If they're operated responsibly, that's fine.
They can be good if you don't live near a big zoo.

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What's your opinion on people who try to climb into enclosures to pet zoo animals?
They should get banned from the zoo.
They probably get what they deserve.
They should be arrested.
They're idiots.

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