Zoos have changed greatly since the first ones were built over 100 years ago. Once simply a cage with an animal pacing around, bored and lonely, today’s zoos cater to the animal and its needs offering them a safe and life like environment and a chance for us to see them in a way much more like their actual surroundings. Created with education in mind, the U.S. is home to some of the most amazing zoos in the world today. Perfect for educating you and your family, today’s best zoos offer not only unique animals but educational experiences and activities unmatched.
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquarium – One of the most visited of all zoos in the U.S. today, the Houston Zoo is considered one of the most modern. Not for profit, this zoo is open every day throughout the year and hosts over 2,800 animals in 709 species. There are live animal shows, guest encounters, outstanding exhibits and even a zoo train to get around.
National Zoological Park – Over 2,700 animals and over 435 spaces, this zoo, located in Washington DC is part of the Smithsonian complex. Visitation is free and closed only on December 25th.
Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona – Largest non profit zoo in the U.S. this park is over 125 acres and is home to over 1,200 animals. Unlike other parks, roller blades and pikes are allowed.
San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California – Huge and committed to the cause, this zoo is a must see in the world of zoos. Cost per person is $35 dollars however, it is unique from all other parks in the world and a pioneer in the zoo world. Cageless exhibits offer an even more amazing experience and the over 4,000 animals and over 880 species seem to enjoy it as well.
Other top zoos include:
Columbus Zoo in Ohio
Fort Worth Zoo in Texas
Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida
Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana
Denver Zoological Gardens in Colorado
Bronx Zoo in NYC
What is your favorite zoo?
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