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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo takes 4th in Best Zoo contest

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The results are in, and Colorado Springs' Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been voted the fourth best zoo in the country.

Each year, USA Today 10Best holds a contest to determine the best zoo in America. The contestants are chosen by a panel of experts who pick their favorite North American AZA accredited zoos. Experts Debra Erickson (International Zoo Educators Association), Kyle McCarthy (Family Travel Forum), Mommy Nearest , Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Alan Sironen (Zoo Consultants International) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of America's zoos.

Zoos that qualify are "facilities that excel in the fields of animal care and enrichment, while also facilitating meaningful interactions between animals and human visitors."

Over a period of four weeks, 10Best readers determine the winner by popular vote. 

A list of the top 10 zoos can be seen below.

  1. Saint Louis Zoo
  2. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  3. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  4. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  5. Fort Worth Zoo
  6. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  7. Dallas Zoo
  8. Audubon Zoo
  9. Zoo Miami
  10. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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