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The “50 Best Zoos”

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Where To Go To See The Weirdest Animals By RAVE Reviews: 

Philadelphia Zoo made the List

The “50 Best Zoos” are educational (and fun for all ages) and they foster a greater appreciation for all animals and the staff who care for them. Whether you’re a toddler or a senior citizen, you’ll learn key facts about a species and why we need to do our part to preserve natural habitats for all species that roam our earth. 

What criteria contributed to the ranking?

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Edited by Joan Mead-Matsui, Publisher

EUGENE, Ore., Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RAVE Reviews, the innovative site that publishes entertaining rankings based on advanced data-driven analysis, has published its ranking of the “Best Zoos” available at

Planning family adventures can be difficult at times. Trying to find the right amount of fun while maintaining your parental sanity is also a challenge. Going to the Zoo has been a staple family activity for a long time, and for good reason. Bears, Giraffes, Dragons (not fire-breathing, unfortunately), and all other kinds of weirdly fascinating creatures keep children entertained while they learn. If you are looking for a family road trip adventure or an afternoon out of the house, check out our detailed ranking of the Best Zoos and their weirdest animals!  

The methodology for this ranking is a combination of multiple factors including animal scarcity, special abilities, and an overall rating.

Hillary Miller, managing editor of RAVE Reviews, states, “This ranking is a lot of fun because it focuses on the exhibits that make each zoo unique. Who knew there were so many animals that most of us have never heard of? (Or that something called a Matschie’s Tree-kangaroo would be so cute?) We hope the article will encourage readers to visit their local zoos and to be a bit more curious about the animals that they see.”

The Best Zoos ranking has no winners, just a list of 50 awesome zoos and their weird inhabitants.

The full list of winners includes:

San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE

Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH

Saint Louis Zoological Park, Saint Louis, MO

Fort Worth Zoological Park, Fort Worth, TX

Toledo Zoo, Toledo, OH

Bronx Zoo, New York, NY

Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, IL

Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, WI

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC

Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, KS

Memphis Zoo, Memphis, TN

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, OH

Detroit Zoo, Detroit, MI

Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, FL

Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington DC

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cheyenne, WY

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, Oklahoma City, OK

Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN

Dallas Zoo, Dallas, TX

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh, PA

Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Fort Wayne, IN

Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA

Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, IN

San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, CA

Denver Zoo, Denver, CO

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert, CA

Kansas City Zoological Park, Kansas City

Zoo Miami, Miami, FL

Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA

Oakland Zoo, Oakland,CA

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA

Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR

San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, TX

Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana, CA

Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento, CA

Louisville Zoo, Louisville, CA

Houston Zoo, Houston, TX

Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN

Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, AZ

Riverside Park Zoo, Independence, KS

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL

Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, NY

Orange County Zoo, Orange County, CA

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