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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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1,088 913
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,627 807
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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1,102 660
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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865 523
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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856 567
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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694 463
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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746 542
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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401 477
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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471 349
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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472 356
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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395 295
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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403 303
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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214 148
Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

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381 288
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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344 260
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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273 217
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Colorado Springs, CO

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285 247
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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352 298
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield Zoo Brookfield, IL

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275 212
Audubon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Audubon Zoo New Orleans, LA

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316 268
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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226 170
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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225 189
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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196 151
Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Oregon Zoo Portland, OR

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224 192
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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223 208
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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131 103
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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246 232
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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232 185
Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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124 88
Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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215 171
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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217 206
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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201 178
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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159 127
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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157 126
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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133 104
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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142 113
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta

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131 218
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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89 67
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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186 307
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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124 212
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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117 97
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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98 79
Knoxville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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142 126
Phoenix Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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61 120
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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85 71
Albuquerque Biological Park is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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69 138
Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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84 136
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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110 100
Lowry Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, FL

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69 119
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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49 39
Little Rock Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States