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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo places fourth as Best Zoo in North America ranking

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo placed fourth in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards for Best Zoo in North America.

This is the fifth consecutive year Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was voted in the top 10. The zoo was recognized in two categories, #4 Best Zoo in North America and #3 Best Zoo Exhibit in North America for its Rocky Mountain Wild Exhibit.

In a statement, the zoo said "Cheyenne Mountain Zoo aims to set itself apart by making every guest experience inspiring. With its simply stated vision, “Every Kid. Every Time. Goosebumps.” at its cultural core, CMZoo creates environments and experiences that bring people closer to animals. Exhibits are designed to remove as many physical barriers as safely possible between guests and animals."

The Rocky Mountain Wild Exhibit opened in 2008 and is designed to showcase Colorado wildlife in its natural setting up close for visitors.

The 2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Top Ten Best Zoos in North America, in ranking order, are:

  1. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Cincinnati
  2. Fort Worth Zoo - Fort Worth
  3. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - Omaha, Neb.
  4. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Colorado Springs
  5. Nashville Zoo - Nashville Zoo
  6. Brevard Zoo - Melbourne, Fla.
  7. Audubon Zoo - New Orleans
  8. Saint Louis Zoo - Saint Louis
  9. Dallas Zoo - Dallas
  10. Denver Zoo - Denver
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