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Zoos have changed dramatically over the years. Gone are the days of simply displaying animals. The mission and focus of modern zoos changed due to the growing decline in wildlife, driven mostly by a loss of habitat. Zoos have helped to find ways to conserve wild animals with some of the species they house now extinct in the wild.

Holding an event at a zoo, animal park or nature reserve helps fund this important ecological and zoological work. Many of them have dedicated event space, from amphitheatres with raked seating to seminar and training rooms and elegant dining spaces. Zoos are popular choices for Christmas parties and staff gatherings and some even having wedding licenses for couples looking to tie the knot somewhere a bit different.

Team-building activities can also be hosted in zoo grounds and at visitor attractions like aquariums. These range from volunteering and being zookeepers for the day, helping with the day-to-day running of the park, to diving with sharks and tackling assault courses. Many zoos also offer animal experiences as part of Christmas party or meetings packages so make sure you enquire as to all the various options to make your event a roaring success.

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