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Mar 30

Top 10 Zoo Exhibits

Karen and I have been working our way towards seeing all of the top tier zoos in the United States and hopefully someday we will be able to see some of the top zoos in the world.  No zoo that we have visited has been perfect but there have been some very exciting exhibits to see along the way.  From all the zoos that we have visited here is a list of our top 10 zoo exhibits that have become our favorite.  Click on any of the zoo names below to see our review of that zoo.

Arizona Sonora Audubon Zoo Baton Rouge Zoo Blank Park Zoo
Cheyenne Mountain Como Park Zoo Dallas Zoo Denver Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo Fort Worth Zoo Great Plains Zoo Henry Doorly Zoo
Kansas City Zoo Knoxville Zoo Memphis Zoo Minnesota Zoo
Nashville Zoo Oklahoma City Phoenix Zoo Reid Park Zoo
Rio Grande Zoo Sedgwick County Zoo St. Louis Zoo Topeka Zoo
Tulsa Zoo

Top 10 Zoo Exhibits

10. Penguin and Puffin Coast (St. Louis Zoo)

PUFFINS WATERMARKHouses 4 different types of penguins and two different types of puffins and lets its visitors get so close to them it almost seems like they are all around you.  The Penguin and Puffin Coast is one Fantastic exhibit of the great St. Louis Zoo.

9. Museum of Living Art (Fort Worth Zoo)

snakes eyesThe Museum of Living Art is a national award winning exhibit that houses more than 100 different species of reptiles and amphibians.  This $19 million dollar 30,000 square-foot exhibit makes a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo worthwhile.

8. Kingdoms of the Night (Henry Doorly Zoo)

Henry Doorly Zoo - American Alligatorsvia
The Kingdoms of the Night is world’s largest nocturnal animal exhibit and it really makes you feel like you are walking in a real swamp at night.  It was one of the first immersion style exhibits that Karen and I have ever been to and we can still remember our first visit.

7. African Rift Valley (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)

Giraffe AreaThe African Rift Valley is an $11 million, award winning exhibit that allows visitors to get up close and personal with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s famous giraffe herd.  We have always had a great time feeding the giraffes at this exhibit.

 6. Giants of the Savanna (Dallas Zoo)

GiraffeGiants of the Savanna is a wonderful multispecies exhibit that centers around the animals that call the African savanna home.  One multi-acre yard houses elephants, giraffes, impalas, zebras, and ostriches in one space and makes you feel like you are on a safari.

5. Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium (Henry Doorly Zoo).Omaha Zoo AquariumThe Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium is the largest aquarium located in a zoo and it could easily be a standalone attraction.  In fact, Karen and I have been to aquariums in other cities that are not even close to this.  This exhibit helps make the Henry Doorly Zoo one of the best zoos in the United States.

4. Teton Trek (Memphis Zoo)

Teton Trek

The Teton Trek is a four-acre exhibit that has top-notch exhibit space for its grizzly bears, timber wolves, and other animals found in America’s playground, Yellowstone National Park.  While the exhibits are grand it is actually the buildings that take this zoo exhibit to another level.

3. Russia’s Grizzly Coast (Minnesota Zoo)

GrizzlyRussia’s Grizzly Coast is the Minnesota Zoo’s world-class $24 million dollar exhibit that takes its visitors to one of the last wild places on earth the Kamchatka region of Russia.  The exhibit spares no expense as it blends art, science, animals, and engineering to give its visitors a mini-vacation to that wild coast.

2. Lied Jungle (Henry Doorly Zoo)

WaterfallThe oldest exhibit on our list but it sure has aged well.  The Lied Jungle is one of the world’s largest indoor rainforest with 123,000 square feet of space used to house 90 species of animals.

1. China (Memphis Zoo)

Panda ClimbingWhile other exhibits on our list might have better aesthetics than the Memphis Zoo’s China exhibit, what they do not have are Giant Pandas.   The Memphis Zoo is a great zoo to visit and their China exhibit is just icing on the cake.

I am sure to revisit this topic sometime in the future as we visit more zoos and go back to others.  I know Karen and I are looking forward to going back to St. Louis to see their new sea lion exhibit, the Denver Zoo’s new elephant exhibit, or Kansas City when they add their new penguin exhibit that will be opening soon.  So I am sure this will be an evolving list.  Karen and I highly recommend checking out your local zoo because at least for us every time we go it just serves as a reminder of how precious the natural world is.

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