America The Best Zoos in the United States  

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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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2,193 1,805
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

2
2,977 1,404
Henry Doorly Zoo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Omaha, NE

3
2,077 1,221
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

4
1,614 983
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,604 914
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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727 819
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,238 833
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

8
1,261 886
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

9
612 482
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

10
782 585
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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569 498
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield, IL

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748 576
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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443 384
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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562 463
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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628 486
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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654 507
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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472 422
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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421 375
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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450 351
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Colorado Springs, CO

20
329 286
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Apple Valley

21
589 430
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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266 210
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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349 248
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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361 341
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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184 301
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States