A leading travel sites names the top aquariums and zoos in the world according to its users.
IN the list of Travellers’ Choice awards by TripAdvisor for aquariums in Asia, Malaysia’s very own Aquaria KLCC claims the fourth spot, beating notable aquariums across the region.
Raved a TripAdvisor traveller, “Amazingly arranged, clear description of each species and a huge tunnel where fishes including live sharks are moving around you. It’s simply brilliant. Must see place in KL.”
“We are delighted to be honoured amongst Asia’s top five aquariums in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. This accolade is a recognition of Aquaria KLCC’s achievement as a state-of-the-art oceanarium that aims to bring travellers on an awe-inspiring journey of discovery,” said managing director and CEO of Aquawalk Sdn Bhd Datuk Simon Foong.
Awards were also given for Zoos. In total, 275 winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, Britain and the United States.
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.
The Land of the Rising Sun shines with the most number of winning zoos and aquariums in the region – ten of its zoos and seventeen of its aquariums are featured in the top 25 Asia lists. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in Osaka was rated the top aquarium in Asia while Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido came in 7th in Asia.
On the world front the Americans ruled, with five of the top 10 aquariums located there with Monterey Bay Aquarium getting the coveted top spot. Their zoos were also top notch with the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha ahead of the pack and two more US zoos making the top 10.
Auquariums – Asia
1. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka, Japan
2. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Motobu-cho, Japan
3. Siam Ocean World, Bangkok, Thailand
4. Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Pingtung, Taiwan
6. Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, Nagoya, Japan
7. S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore
8. Okichan Dolphin Theatre, Motobu-cho, Japan
9. Aqua World Ibaraki Oarai Aquarium, Oarai-machi, Japan
10. Coex Aquarium, Seoul, South Korea
Aquriums – World
1. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, United States
2. Oceanario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
3. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
4. Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
5. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
6. Aquaworld Aquarium, Hersonissos, Greece
7. Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, Texas, United States
8. Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
9. Mundomar, Benidorm, Spain
10. Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa
Zoos – Asia
1. Singapore Zoo, Singapore
2. Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Pattaya, Thailand
3. Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Mysore, India
4. Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park, Guangzhou, China
5. Batu Secret Zoo, Batu, Indonesia
6. Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan
7. Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa, Japan
8. Ueno Zoo, Taito, Japan
9. Adventure World, Shirahama-cho, Japan
10. Dalian Forest Zoo, Dalian, China
Zoos – World
1. Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska, United States
2. San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California, United States
3. Loro Parque, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
4. St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
5. Singapore Zoo, Singapore
6. Chester Zoo, Chester, Britain
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