When I was a kid the most awaited day of the week was the day when my father used to take me and my brother to the nearby zoo. We used to get amaze on watching different types of animals and their activities filled us with enthusiasm. Like me all the people out there at least once in their lifetime must have visited zoos. A zoo is the best place to take your children as it helps them to learn and know more about the world around us.
Top 10 Zoos in the United States
There is a huge list of top zoos in the United States and all are well-known for their excellent wild animals and the varied variety of species. Following are some of the best zoos in America. Just have a look.
Disney Animal Kingdom
Disney animal kingdom is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It houses 1,700 animals in 500 acres. The zoo is divided into seven major sections and its wildlife is spread in each and every part. You can also have an African safari experience with the giraffes, hippos, elephants and many more.
San Diego Zoo
San Diego, CA
San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world. It was opened in the year 1915. It houses more than 4000 animals of over 800 species and is spread over 107 acres. You can enjoy the close view of the animals and can also stay back at the zoo in the resorts and camps. Their special features are the native horticulture and you will get to see some of the big mammals likes the giant panda bears.
New York, NY
Bronx Zoo holds the flagship of the metropolitan zoo in the US and was opened in the year 1899. It has over 4000 animals of around 650 species and is spread over 265 acres of area. You can get a wonderful experience of almost all the wild animals from the Congo forest gorillas to the Himalayan highlands snow leopards. You can also enjoy 1 acre of indoor Asian rain forests.
Maryland Zoo is the third oldest zoo in United States. It was opened in the year 1876. It was previously known as Baltimore zoo but later the name was changed to Maryland in the year 2004. It has over 2000 animals of over 200 species and is spread in the area of over 160 acre. It was featured in the America’s best Zoos in the year 2008. You can get to see all types of animals like birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Columbus Zoo is the home for over 5000 zoo animals and approximately 746 species. It was open in the year 1905 and then after the expansion and renovation it was reopened in the year 1927. It is now spread over 580 acres and has a variety of animals. Entire zoo is divided into sections and all the sections are very well-known for their collection of animals.
This is second oldest zoo in the United States which was opened in the year 1875. It is spread over 65 acres with approximately 510 species. It has the oldest reptile house building in America. The main attraction of this house are the king cobras, rattlesnake, etc. The zoo is nicknamed as ‘The sexiest zoo in America’. They conduct lots of breeding programs and famous for the breeding in cheetahs.
Phoenix Zoo was opened in the year 1962. It is spread over 125 acres with over 1300 animals. The zoo is divided into four major sections namely the Tropics Trail, the Arizona Trail, the Africa Trail, and the Children’s Trail, which is a petting zoo. It is famous for its Asian elephant named Ruby who is a world wide painter. Yes, that’s true, an elephant with painting skills.
Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest zoo in the United States. It was opened in the year 1874 in the area of 42 acres. It is house for over 1500 animals. They are famous for their collection of many endangered species. The major attraction of this zoo are gibbons, snow leopards, lowland gorillas, orangutans, jaguars, etc.
Houston Zoo was opened in the year 1922. It is one of the zoos which have the modern facilities as maximum renovation is done in the past few years. It is the house for over 4000 animals of around 900 species. You can make an early reservation and can enjoy the rare moments with the wildlife. You can even watch the special animal training sessions which is itself a very different experience.
Henry Doorly Zoo
Henry Doorly Zoo was opened in the year 1894 it was previously known as Riverview Park zoo. It is the home for over 1700 animals and more than 900 species. It spread over 130 acres of land. This zoo has the world’s largest indoor rain forest, largest indoor desert and many such attractions. It is one of the best zoos in the wildlife tourism. You will get the chance to see some amazing animals like the blue monkey, black howler monkey, ring-tailed lemur, scarlet macaw etc.
Other Top 20 Zoos in the United States
Following is the list of zoos in the United States other than the top zoos.
- Lion County Safari, Florida
- Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas
- Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, Pittsburgh
- Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu, HI
- North Carolina Zoological Park, Asheboro
- Kansas City Zoo, Missouri
- Milwaukee Country Zoological Gardens, Milwaukee
- Memphis Zoo, Memphis
- Audubon Zoo, New Orleans
- Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis
- Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indiana
- National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.
- SeaWorld San Diego,San Diego, CA
- National Zoological Park, Washington D.C.
- Oklahoma City Zoological Park,Oklahoma City, OK
- SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, FL
- New England Aquarium, Boston
- Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City
- Lincoln Park zoo, Chicago
- Dallas Zoo, Dallas
I hope this article was informative and will help you to plan a trip soon to a zoo. So, select the best one out of the given options and take your family to a memorable trip through some wildlife.