Zoos

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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Columbus Zoo and Aquariu... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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Toledo Zoo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Henry Doorly Zoo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Omaha, NE
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San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
San Diego Zoo
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Fort Worth Zoo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Cincinnati Zoo and Botan... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Colorado Springs, CO
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Bronx Zoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Detroit Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Brookfield Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
Brookfield, IL
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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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North Carolina Zoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Smithsonian National Zoo... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Fort Wayne Children's Zo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Lincoln Park Zoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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San Diego Zoo Safari Par... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Dallas Zoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Nashville Zoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Saint Louis Zoological P... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Memphis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Milwaukee County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Disney's Animal Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Oklahoma City Zoo and Bo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Sedgwick County Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States
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Indianapolis Zoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zoos in the United States