America The Best Zoos in the United States  

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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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2,023 1,673
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,933 1,128
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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2,766 1,314
Henry Doorly Zoo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Omaha, NE

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1,491 908
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,493 864
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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682 771
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,163 786
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,181 844
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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578 441
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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738 538
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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529 459
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield, IL

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408 358
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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690 544
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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448 399
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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591 463
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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608 481
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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510 433
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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390 355
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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419 335
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Colorado Springs, CO

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561 416
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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303 273
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Apple Valley

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341 318
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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236 192
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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250 443
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Columbia, SC

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323 235
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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338 253
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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385 296
Audubon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
New Orleans, LA

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292 288
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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165 287
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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166 295
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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223 201
Woodland Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Seattle, WA

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126 190
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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167 143
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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272 212
Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Portland, OR

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204 149
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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216 163
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Atlanta

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114 96
Houston Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Santa Ana Zoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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235 184
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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89 169
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Nashville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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175 142
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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198 170
Phoenix Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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38 119
Riverside Park and Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States