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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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1,559 1,244
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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2,208 1,021
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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1,497 864
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,190 672
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,140 698
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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947 592
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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529 578
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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960 668
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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602 430
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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461 324
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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580 417
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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498 361
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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498 363
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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319 263
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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357 299
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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409 326
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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440 354
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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317 276
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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295 246
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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333 262
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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246 205
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley

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482 340
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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273 179
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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139 98
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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216 359
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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198 158
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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173 135
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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256 240
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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327 243
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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78 149
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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254 220
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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163 105
Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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150 248
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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266 197
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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144 242
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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273 204
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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81 165
Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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108 155
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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274 212
Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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230 173
Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Oregon Zoo Portland, OR

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181 131
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta

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80 136
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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200 150
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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63 144
Santa Ana Zoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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164 124
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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150 115
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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36 92
Riverside Park and Zoo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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155 151
Nashville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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70 61
Buffalo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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177 148
Phoenix Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States