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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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1,046 889
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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1,587 780
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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1,079 634
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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847 503
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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832 549
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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672 447
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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730 527
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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387 467
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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462 337
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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388 282
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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463 346
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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395 294
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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337 250
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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204 142
Riverbanks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Riverbanks Zoo Columbia, SC

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367 281
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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263 210
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Colorado Springs, CO

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276 240
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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271 204
Audubon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Audubon Zoo New Orleans, LA

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344 291
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield Zoo Brookfield, IL

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219 163
Denver Zoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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307 261
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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223 183
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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193 144
Oregon Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Oregon Zoo Portland, OR

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219 185
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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219 203
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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227 178
Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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126 98
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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239 227
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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213 201
Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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119 85
Kansas City Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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207 166
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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198 174
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley

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154 122
San Antonio Zoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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152 122
Woodland Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA

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137 108
Zoo Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta

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128 215
San Francisco Zoo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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126 100
Louisville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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123 209
Los Angeles Zoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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183 305
SeaWorld San Diego is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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86 64
Zoo Miami is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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115 93
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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137 119
Phoenix Zoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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94 77
Knoxville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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58 116
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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82 132
Oakland Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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67 135
Santa Barbara Zoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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82 68
Albuquerque Biological Park is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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108 97
Lowry Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, FL

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68 116
Sacramento Zoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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56 125
Santa Ana Zoo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States