Get ready for a zoo with a difference. This highly acclaimed place dispenses with cages and bars, replacing them with beautifully designed, open enclosures laden with greenery, rivers and even exotic temples. Go through the gates and you can roam around its jungly gardens as you please, spying on everything from prowling tigers to cheeky chimps, gorillas and reptiles all at home in their natural-style settings. There are some imaginative combinations to spice things up, too. Picture wallabies hopping around crocs and pelicans peering at gibbons. Star billing goes to the brilliant Lemur Monkey Island, where guided walking tours lead you through palms alive with leaping lemurs. Other favourites are the orangutans, meerkats, pygmy hippos and daily narrated shows that spotlight some of the animals’ natural characteristics and habits. Add restaurants and a children’s playground and you’ve got a really enjoyable and educational outing for all ages.