Attention nature lovers! If you’re thinking of travelling to the USA this year then why not pay a visit to one of America’s fantastic zoos? Perfect for all the family, a trip to the zoo is something that shouldn’t be missed when visiting the beautiful USA… especially because we’ve done all the hard work for you and picked out the top 5!
1. Columbus Zoo – Columbus, Ohio
Named as the number one zoo in the United States by the USA Travel Guide (2009), the Columbus Zoo has a worldwide reputation thanks to the huge efforts of director animal-lover Jack Hanna. The zoo welcomes an annual influx of 2.3million visitors, which continues to grow each year. Here, the animals are divided into regions of the world (there are currently 8), which nestle closely to the Water Park, amusement park and golf resort. With a little something for everyone, Columbus Zoo is undoubtedly the best in America. The Zoo is open daily.
2. San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California
Home to over 4,000 animals comprising over 800 different species, the San Diego Zoo is known to be one of America’s most modern zoos. It is also one of only four zoos in the world that houses the giant panda, making the Giant Panda exhibit an absolute must-see. The Zoo also prides itself in promoting open air attractions – why not hop on the guided tour bus and explore these wonderful sights? There’s even an overhead gondola lift called the Skyfari, which provides its visitors with an aerial view of the zoo.
3. Phoenix Zoo – Phoenix, Arizona
Known to be the largest non-profit zoo in the USA, the Phoenix Zoo has over 1,300 animals on display and boasts a 2.5mile stretch of walking trails. The zoo is divided into four main trails: the Children’s Trail (includes a petting zoo), The Arizona Trails (includes American Southwest flora and fauna), The Africa Trails (includes African animals) and the Tropics Trail (includes animals of the rain forests). The Zoo also allows for bicycles and rollerblades, providing you with the chance to enjoy an afternoon full of activity!
4. Fort Worth Zoo – Fort Worth, Texas
Named as the top zoo in the nation by Family Life, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, Forth Worth Zoo is another one of America’s gems. It is the proud home of over 350 species from every continent excluding Antartica. The main exhibits include penguins, cheetahs, meerkats and the World of Primates.
“The mission of the Forth Worth Zoo is to strengthen the bond between humans and the environment by promoting responsible stewardship of wildlife and ensuring diverse, high-quality educational and entertaining family experiences through effective and efficient management of its resources.”
5. Houston Zoo – Houston, Texas
Definitely one of North America’s most-attended zoos, the Houston Zoo offers a chance to enjoy the “zoo experience” from completely different angles: hop on a private tour, watch special feedings or get a glimpse of all the behind-the-scenes action.
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