Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
(Cleveland Zoo, Ohio, USA) The Zoo began as Wade Park in 1882 after Jeptha H. Wade donated 73-acres of land and 14 American deer to the City of Cleveland.
20th March 1882
Ueno Zoo
(Tokyo Ueno, Kanto, Japan) The zoo started life as a menagerie attached to the National Museum of Natural History. In 1881, responsibility for this menagerie was handed to naturalist and civil servant Tanaka Yoshio, who oversaw its transition into a public zoo. The ground was originally estate of the imperial family, but was bestowed (恩賜, onshi, forming the first part of the name in Japanese, untranslated officially) to the municipal government in 1924 — along with Ueno Park — on the occasion of crown prince Hirohito's wedding.
8th September 1882
Zoo Wuppertal
(Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) On December 5, 1879, the “Zoological Garden” stock corporation was founded in Elberfeld. Many well-known Elberfeld citizens, including e.g. B. August Freiherr von der Heydt, subscribe to shares at 300 marks each. There are heated debates about the location of the future zoo. On September 8, 1881, the zoological garden opened with 34 animals, including a bear and a pair of wolves.
23rd May 1883
Adelaide Zoo
(Adelaide, Australia) The society officially commenced on 23 July 1878 at a meeting attended by prominent Adelaide citizens.   From the outset, the society has had a keen interest in the care and preservation of both native and exotic rare and endangered species.  The name chosen at the time was The Acclimatisation Society of South Australia.  It later became known as the SA Acclimatisation and Zoological Society and the government granted land for a zoological garden on six hectares obtained from the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. In 1882, the name changed again to SA Zoological and Acclimatisation Society. 23rd May 1883 the zoo opened its gates
28th May 1884
Lisbon Zoo
(Lisbon Zoo, Portugal) Sousa Martins, and May Figueira. owner of the largest aviary in the Portugal at the time.  They recruited the help of civil engineer Lino Bento de Sousa, 2nd Baron of Kessler Frederico Luís Hermano, and even D. Fernando II, along with several others. On 5th September 1883, after much preparation and financing a deed was prepared for the zoo. After which construction began on the required facilities to operate the zoo. On 28 May 1884, the Lisbon Zoo was opened to the public. It housed a collection of 1127 animals available for viewing. Some of which were donated by the Portuguese royal family and other dignitaries.The zoo was originally located in the park of São Sebastião da Pedreira.
(Banyuls sur Mer, Occitanie, France) In the early 1880s, after founding the Roscoff marine station on the English Channel, the Sorbonne zoologist, Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers, decided to prospect the Mediterranean coast to set up a second station. The rocky coast near Spain offered a great diversity of habitats and organisms and Lacaze-Duthiers was seduced by the site of Banyuls-sur-Mer to build this new laboratory. The act of creation of the laboratory dates back to 1881, but it was not until 1882 that the "Arago Laboratory" opened its doors in its current location with laboratories, offices, a library and a local boat that was rented for sea trips. The public aquarium was inaugurated around 1884-85 and the first students arrived soon after.
Tierpark Köthen
(Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) There has been animals in this park since the year 1700, like a pheasants house was erected 1711. Exotic pheasants were added 1884.
Dallas Zoo
(Dallas Zoo, Texas, USA) The zoo was established in 1888. The zoo's first purchase was two deer and two mountain lions for $60 from a private seller in Colorado City, Colorado. The animals were placed in pens and put on display in City Park.
16th January 1888
BioParque do Rio
(Rio de Janeiro Zoo, Brazil) After a trip to Paris in the 1870s, businessman João Batista Viana Drummond was impressed by the urbanism of that capital at the time and, as a friend of Emperor Dom Pedro II , acquired the former Fazenda dos Macacos from Princess Isabel for 120 contos de réis in 1872 , in the current neighborhood of Vila Isabel, implementing a large urbanization project that would culminate, on January 16 , 1888 , in the inauguration of a zoo. In the same year, the businessman received the title of Baron of Drummond. An animal lover , he had authorization from the empire to import them, keeping specimens of various species in his residence . In this way, he installed the first modern zoo in the city and in the country (it is believed that he was still inspired by his trip to Paris) in a park with streams and artificial lakes.
1st May 1888
Sofia Zoo
(Sofia, Bulgaria) The Royal Zoological Gardens of Sofia is the oldest zoo of the Balkan Peninsula. Founded in 1888 by Tsar Ferdinand.
7th November 1888
Oregon Zoo
(Portland, Oregon, USA) The Oregon Zoo was founded in 1888, making it the oldest North American zoo west of the Mississippi. It all began with two bears purchased by Richard Knight – one brown bear and one grizzly. A former seaman turned pharmacist, Knight began collecting animals from his seafaring friends. He kept his collection in the back of his drug store on Third & Morrison streets. When caring for the animals became too large a responsibility he sought to sell them to the city of Portland. Instead of buying the animals, the city offered to give Knight two circus cages and allowed him to place the caged bears on the grounds of City Park (now called Washington Park). Care and feeding of the bears, however, still fell to the Knight family and friends. It was not long before Knight addressed the city council again regarding the bears. Just five months later, he offered to donate the bears, along with their cages, to the city. Portland City Council accepted his offer on November 7, 1888, and thus began the Portland Zoo.[5] Located in Washington Park, it was sometimes referred to as the Washington Park Zoo.
Atlanta Zoo
(Atlanta Zoo, Georgia, USA) Zoo Atlanta, in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park, began in 1886, when the city was given a spotted fawn to start an animal collection. In 1889 the zoo received its first donation of exotic animals when local businessman George V. Gress purchased a defunct circus and gave the animals to the city’s small collection.
(Helsinki, Finland) Everything started back in the beginning of the 19th century, where the citizens of Helsinki used the island as aplace for retreat and hiking. Lieutenant Fabricitius visited the Zoo of Copenhagen and Stockholm and got the inspiration to add animals to his restaurant.
6th May 1889
Smithsonian National Zoo
(Washington, District of Colombia, USA) The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute began as the dream of William Temple Hornaday, chief taxidermist at the Smithsonian from 1882 to 1887. During a trip to the western United States in 1886, he was shocked and troubled by what he didn’t find—large herds of American bison. The species, which once roamed the American West by the millions, was reduced to a few hundred animals. The bison’s near extinction sparked Hornaday’s crusade to save it and other endangered species from disappearing completely. He became the first head of the Department of Living Animals at the Smithsonian later that year, and brought 15 North American species to live on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The deer, foxes, prairie dogs, badgers, lynx and bison were the animals that started what would eventually become the National Zoological Park. In 1889 President Grover Cleveland officially signed an act of congress into law creating the National Zoological Park for “the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people.” Two years later, the animals who had been living on the National Mall had a new home. Frederick Law Olmsted, the premiere architect of the day, designed the Zoo within Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington, D.C., which officially opened in 1891.
Toyohashi Zoo & Botanical Park
(Toyohashi, Chubu, Japan) Masajiro Ando opened a private zoo named “Ando Zoo”
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