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List Rules Any zoo in America that has animals normally seen in the wild

A list of zoos in United States, with photos! Whether they be petting zoos or wild animal parks, American zoos are a great family destination when traveling. A zoological park is a location where animals are kept in captivity for study and viewing. The zoo originally evolved from the menageries of the ancient world, in which royalty would exhibit their collection of exotic pets.

These were hardly the scientific institutions we may find today. Unfortunately not all zoos are scientific in nature, and extreme controversy has arisen regarding how the animals are treated. Suffice to say, regulation is necessary to ensure proper care. Conservation (not exploitation) should always be the central goal behind any legitimate zoo. 

Included in this list are some of the largest zoos in the USA and rankings of zoos in the USA.

So what is the best zoo in America? What would be your top 10 zoos in the US? That's up to you to decide. Is it the San Diego Zoo or is it the Bronx Zoo? Those are two of the most famous zoos in the country so you couldn't go wrong with either.
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1,014 863
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,529 760
Henry Doorly Zoo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Henry Doorly Zoo Omaha, NE

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1,042 625
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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826 491
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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802 537
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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649 431
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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711 522
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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378 461
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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452 330
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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378 278
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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453 342
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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386 290
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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328 245
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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200 139
Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

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358 277
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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267 237
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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266 201
Audubon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Audubon Zoo New Orleans, LA

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253 207
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Colorado Springs, CO

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222 179
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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336 287
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield Zoo Brookfield, IL

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302 257
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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211 160
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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216 182
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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215 198
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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186 141
Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Oregon Zoo Portland, OR

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124 95
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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220 174
Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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235 226
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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114 81
Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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207 198
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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201 164
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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191 173
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley

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151 121
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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149 121
Woodland Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA

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125 98
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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133 108
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta

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122 208
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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126 214
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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180 303
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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113 93
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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137 119
Phoenix Zoo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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81 64
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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92 77
Knoxville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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57 116
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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67 135
Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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81 132
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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107 97
Lowry Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, FL

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79 68
Albuquerque Biological Park is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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67 116
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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56 125
Santa Ana Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States