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If only all zoos were like this thoughtfully designed park. Many of the animals—including kangaroos, macaws, and lemurs—have the run of 16 hectares (40 acres) of grassland, free to roam without any apparent barriers and mingling with human visitors and each other. Only the more dangerous animals, such as cheetahs and gibbons, are behind conventional fencing. Besides close contact with a menagerie of exotic creatures, kids can be entertained by a tour train, picnic area, and gift shop. The Savannah Café (one of two in the park) has a view of the meerkat exhibition, so you may find yourself being watched by curious eyes while you eat your lunch.