USAToday has nominated both the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs -- and the Denver Zoo -- as two of the 20 finalists for their 10Best Readers' Choice 2018 award. And you get to weigh in!USAToday asked a panel of zoo experts to name their 20 favorite zoos in North America, and now they want the public to narrow the list down to 10. No surprise to us, the incredibly interactive Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is currently ranked No. 3 in the standings (as of this writing). The Denver Zoo sits at No. 14. How amazing would it be if we could get both zoos in the top 10? You can vote online (once a day) until Monday, April 30, at 10 a.m. MST. The 10 winners will be revealed later that week, on Friday, May 4!
Other nominated zoos for 2018 include: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson, AZ) Audubon Zoo (New Orleans, LA) Bronx Zoo (Bronx, NY) Brookfield Zoo (Chicago, IL) Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Tampa, FL) Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Cincinnati, OH) Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Columbus, OH) Dallas Zoo (Dallas, TX) Houston Zoo (Houston, TX) Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (Omaha, NE) Saint Louis Zoo (St. Louis, MO) San Diego Zoo (San Diego, CA) Smithsonian's National Zoo (Washington, D.C.) Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle, WA) Zoo Miami (Miami, FL). In 2017, the Saint Louis Zoo took first place -- and it's poised to walk away with top honors again unless we Coloradans take to the polls to help boost the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's chances! For the Readers' Choice contest's full official rules, click here. What's your favorite zoo in North America? Which one will you be voting for? Tell us in the comments below! And don't forget to share this article with all your Colorado peeps so everyone can vote!