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Fort Worth Zoo named top zoo in the country

Posted July 20, 2020

a few giraffes in their zoo habitat
New habitats allow guests to get up-close looks at zoo residents.

The results are in for USA Today’s 10 Best Zoos, and the Fort Worth Zoo has been named No. 1 in North America.

USA Today assembled a panel of industry experts who created a list of 20 zoos that excel in animal care and enrichment, while also creating meaningful interactions between animals and humans. The news organization opened the voting, asking people nationwide to choose their favorite.

This is the fourth year the Fort Worth Zoo has finished in USA Today’s top five and the first time in the No. 1 spot.

The zoo is especially proud to receive this honor as it plans to debut the second phase of its $100 million master plan, A Wilder Vision, next spring. Phase two, Elephant Springs, nearly triples the size of the zoo’s current elephant exhibit and offers numerous enriching experiences with natural habitats, splash pools and multiple lush grass settings in which the elephants can roam.

A Wilder Vision will completely redesign the zoo with renovated and reimagined habitats. The plan will not only allow guests to observe and interact with animals in ways that weren’t possible before, but it will also allow the zoo to continue to be an international leader in conservation and animal care.

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