Fort Worth, TX (The B) – The Fort Worth Zoo was named top zoo in the country today by USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the fourth time Fort Worth has finished in the top five, and it’s the first time the zoo has taken the number one spot.
North America is home to hundreds of zoological parks, including more than 200 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Short of heading out into the world’s wild places, nothing beats a visit to the zoo to foster an appreciation for the striking animal diversity of our planet. USA Today asked their readers to vote for their favorite zoos and facilities that excel in the fields of animal care and enrichment, while also facilitating meaningful interactions between animals and human visitors.
“Thank you to the many people all across the United States for casting your votes and once again showing your support for the Fort Worth Zoo. We are humbled and thrilled by this honor,” said Ramona Bass on Friday. Bass has been a long-time chairman of the zoo board of directors.
Established in 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest continuously operated zoo in Texas and home to more than 540 animal species from around the world. More than 100 of those species are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, and 68 are endangered or threatened.
An international leader in Asian elephant conservation, the zoo recently opened the all new African Savannah – home to giraffe, zebras, hippos and black rhinos. The zoo plans to unveil its second phase of “A Wilder Vision,” which includes tripling the size of its current elephant exhibit. An additional 10 acres of new exhibit space is currently in the works.
Angela and daughters provide a short educational tour from last summer’s visit.
Two Texas facilities were recognized, as the neighboring Dallas Zoo also made the honor list.
The Top 10 Best Zoo winners are as follows:
- Fort Worth Zoo (Fort Worth, Texas)
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (Omaha, Nebraska)
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
- Brevard Zoo (Melbourne, Florida)
- Audubon Zoo (New Orleans, Louisiana)
- San Diego Zoo (San Diego, California)
- Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson, Arizona)
- Dallas Zoo (Dallas, Texas)
- Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (Palm Desert, California)