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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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1,427 1,117
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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2,031 940
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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1,359 786
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

4
1,057 644
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,087 616
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

6
858 542
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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486 539
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

8
901 614
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

9
569 403
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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544 393
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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466 332
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

12
342 280
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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471 339
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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421 299
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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416 335
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield Zoo Brookfield, IL

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287 246
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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382 310
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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297 260
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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274 232
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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314 249
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Colorado Springs, CO

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263 168
Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

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464 330
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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231 199
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley

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213 342
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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131 91
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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193 149
Woodland Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA

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165 124
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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251 212
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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246 229
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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75 141
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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314 234
Audubon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Audubon Zoo New Orleans, LA

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146 239
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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140 233
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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79 157
Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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252 188
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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261 196
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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269 207
Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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223 167
Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Oregon Zoo Portland, OR

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102 150
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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79 132
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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171 124
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta

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146 102
Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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190 143
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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63 141
Santa Ana Zoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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162 120
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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36 89
Riverside Park and Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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146 111
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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148 145
Nashville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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171 144
Phoenix Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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64 57
Buffalo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States