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

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

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

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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

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

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

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Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield Zoo Brookfield, IL

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

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

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Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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

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

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

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

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SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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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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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

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Audubon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Audubon Zoo New Orleans, LA

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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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

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Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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

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

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Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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

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Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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

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

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

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

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San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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

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

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Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Oregon Zoo Portland, OR

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

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Houston 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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Phoenix Zoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Riverside Park and Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States