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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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1,650 1,323
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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2,315 1,075
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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1,597 918
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,221 736
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,252 717
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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558 613
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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986 634
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,015 692
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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599 437
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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619 456
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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520 378
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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473 348
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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512 381
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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333 280
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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425 342
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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368 319
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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447 370
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield Zoo Brookfield, IL

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330 290
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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346 276
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Colorado Springs, CO

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501 358
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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303 265
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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252 219
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley

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284 191
Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

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225 368
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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184 146
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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144 110
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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200 167
Woodland Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA

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264 229
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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337 255
Audubon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Audubon Zoo New Orleans, LA

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82 156
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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154 254
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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259 250
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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286 213
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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149 249
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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174 117
Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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276 207
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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86 171
Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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237 179
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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291 227
Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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112 162
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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188 136
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta

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209 157
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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84 141
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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65 147
Santa Ana Zoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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173 128
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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165 156
Nashville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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37 95
Riverside Park and Zoo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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153 119
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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74 65
Buffalo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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80 75
Houston Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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