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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2,186 1,801
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

2
2,964 1,402
Henry Doorly Zoo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Omaha, NE

3
2,069 1,219
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

4
1,607 980
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

5
1,598 913
Saint Louis Zoological Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

6
727 818
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

7
1,233 832
Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

8
1,259 885
Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

9
611 480
Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

10
780 583
Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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568 496
Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield, IL

12
746 574
Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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441 384
North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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559 461
Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

15
653 506
Disney's Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

16
626 484
Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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472 421
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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418 374
Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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450 350
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Colorado Springs, CO

20
328 285
Minnesota Zoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Apple Valley

21
585 430
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanica... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

22
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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361 340
Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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347 248
Philadelphia Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States

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333 286
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States