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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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1,240 1,010
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,811 862
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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1,224 721
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

4
960 567
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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945 600
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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769 491
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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820 571
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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434 501
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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514 372
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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504 365
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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429 311
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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422 308
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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314 263
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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376 278
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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382 312
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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343 283
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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249 206
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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246 222
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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267 244
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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288 229
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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432 316
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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179 136
Woodland Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA

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218 189
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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233 158
Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

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110 76
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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147 113
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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236 201
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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232 217
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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197 322
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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244 180
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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291 221
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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235 178
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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68 128
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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252 194
Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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135 92
Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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207 156
Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Oregon Zoo Portland, OR

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74 142
Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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136 225
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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177 133
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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130 217
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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155 116
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta

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75 123
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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145 108
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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59 132
Santa Ana Zoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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54 42
Little Rock Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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89 140
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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131 103
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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57 48
Buffalo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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32 80
Riverside Park and Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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65 57
Birmingham Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States