Zoos have been one of the favorite activities for Americans for a long time starting with the very first zoo being the Philadelphia Zoo in 1859. Since then, most states have at least one zoological park but there are some that stand above and beyond the rest of them with extra features like a touch tank, bird houses, safari and water fountains and parks. This article will mention the top 4 zoos in the United States and the reasons they stand above the others. The ones that made the top four are the Columbus Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Lion Country Safari and the Phoenix Zoo.
The Columbus Zoo has also been around since the late 1800’s making it the second oldest zoo in the country. This had always been a nice zoo, but it completely changed when the famous animal trainer, Jack Hanna took over the direction of the zoological park. He changed many things about it with great improvements and now it houses one of the largest animal collections in the world with over 7,000 animals at the zoo. Whatever type of animal you can imagine seeing, is probably at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio in addition to a water park, amusement park and golf resort making it a great place to visit.
The San Diego Zoo has always been at the top of the list for best zoos not only in the US but in the world. It is huge and has a great variety of animals including their well known Giant Panda exhibit. This zoo is also known for their conservation and protection of animal efforts and is considered the most modern of all zoos. They were the first to come up with cage less exhibits for the animals in an open air kind of setting that allowed the animals to live in an area closer to their natural place of origin.
The number three zoo on the top zoo list is the Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is a bit of a different experience for visitors as you enter the place in your own car and travel along a five mile road that takes you by many different animals. Some of the animals like the lions and chimpanzees have to be behind fenced areas for their safety and the motorists but other animals like zebras and giraffes roam freely and sometimes hold up the cars from continuing on the road. After you complete this off road exhibit, you then enter another part of the park called Safari World.
The fourth best zoo is the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona. This is the largest non-profit zoo in the country and is over 125 acres big with more than 1200 animals. This zoo has a unique design with all of the animals’ exhibits being on 4 long trails and divided up into categories such as the native wildlife of Arizona. They also allow rollerblades and bicycles in the zoo and they can be taken on all of the trails to experience the zoo on wheels.