The 10 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Smithsonian Zoo 

This Smithsonian-run zoo is known for its enormous pandas, Asian elephants, and bird exhibits.

Columbus Zoo 

A conservation center with manatees, cheetahs, and gorillas.

Zoo Miami 

This tropical zoo has koalas, giraffes, and Komodo dragons from Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Oregon Zoo 

The park-like zoo is famous for its elephant breeding program and Pacific Northwest displays.

Zoo Cheyenne 

This mountaintop zoo features African elephants, giraffes, and penguins.

Audubon Zoo 

This zoo features native and exotic animals including jaguars and orangutans in its Louisiana Swamp exhibit.

Louis Zoo 

Conservation-focused zoo with River's Edge and Penguin & Puffin Coast.

FW Zoo

This educational and conservation-focused zoo has approximately 7,000 animals, including elephants, rhinoceros, and meerkats.

Philly Zoo

The nation's first zoo, with the PECO Primate Reserve, large cats, hippos, and rare bird exhibits.

Denver Zoo

This zoo's Asian Tropics and Toyota Elephant Passage offer unusual animal encounters.

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