The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Denver Zoo earned spots in the top 10 list of USA Today's best zoos to visit this year.
It's a wild time in Colorado, and USA Today agrees. Two Colorado zoos, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Denver Zoo were named to the list of 10 Best Zoos in North America. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo nabbed the No. 4 place spot, while Denver Zoo made No. 10.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is home to more than 750 animals from 170 various species. Visitors can head to the African Rift Valley to encounter the largest zoo giraffe herd found anywhere in the world. The zoo also features a ski lift, where you can soar above the zoo while taking in breathtaking views of Cheyenne Mountain and Colorado Springs below.
The Denver Zoo features innovative exhibits, including the Elephant Passage, where visitors can walk a two-mile path past enormous Asian elephants, rhinos, and Malayan tapirs. Zookeepers hold regular showings where guests can watch in awe as they show off unique animal abilities.
The top 10 winners of the Best Zoo category are:
- Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
- Fort Worth Zoo
- Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- Nashville Zoo
- Brevard Zoo
- Audubon Zoo
- Saint Louis Zoo
- Dallas Zoo
- Denver Zoo
The nominees for the 10 best zoos were chosen by a panel of experts and then decided by a popular vote.
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