Animal theme park
An animal theme park, also known as a zoological theme park, is a combination of a theme park and a zoological park, mainly for entertainment, amusement, and commercial purposes. Many animal theme parks blend classic theme park elements, such as themed entertainment and amusement rides, with classic zoo elements such as live animals confined within enclosures for display. Many times, live animals are utilized and featured as part of amusement rides and attractions found at animal theme parks.
A kind of animal theme park is Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida (550 acres or 2.2 square kilometres) or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida (335 acres or 1.36 square kilometres). These commercial parks are similar to open-range zoos and safari parks according to size, but different in intention and appearance since they contain far more entertainment elements (stage shows, roller coasters, mythical creatures etc.).
The term "animal theme park" can also be used to describe certain marine mammal parks, oceanariums, and more elaborate dolphinariums, which offer amusement rides and additional entertainment attractions, and are also where marine animals such as whales are kept, contained, put on display, and are sometimes trained to perform in shows.
List of animal theme parks
Zoological theme parks
- Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, Florida
- Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia
- Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
- Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire, England
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California
Marine theme parks (marine mammal parks & oceanariums)
- MarineLand in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
- Ocean Park Hong Kong in Hong Kong,China
- Sea World in Gold Coast, Australia
- SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas
- SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, California
- SeaWorld Orlando in Orlando, Florida