The 12 Best Zoos in America

Rare and common animals alike find safety and quality care in these facilities. Let’s find out what the 12 best zoos in America are.

1. San Diego Zoo, California

Considered one of the world’s best zoos and often named America’s best, the San Diego Zoo has a dedication to conservation.

2. National Zoo, Washington (D.C.)

One of the oldest zoos in the country, this one was established in the late 1800s to preserve species such as bison, foxes, and beavers that were fast-vanishing at the time.

3. Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Nebraska

Located in Omaha, this zoo has a reputation for outstanding animal care, conservation, and exhibit design. It also has the largest indoor rainforest in the country and the largest indoor desert and nocturnal exhibit in the world.

4. Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Florida

Part of the Disney grounds, this 580-park is built around an African safari theme. As part of its conservation mission, this zoo once helped a white rhinoceros born there become ready for reintroduction to Uganda.

5. Lincoln Park Zoo, Illinois

This Chicago zoo is one of the nation’s oldest and has one of its largest zoo-based conservation and science programs. Animal welfare is a top priority here, as are conservation missions all around the world.

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