COLORADO SPRINGS – USA Today readers again ranked the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as one of the best zoos on the continent.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was ranked sixth in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The zoo’s Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit was also ranked fifth on the same list.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was ranked first, followed by Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Readers ultimately determine the winners, but a list of 20 nominees are chosen by a panel of experts and contributors. This was the first time the Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit has been nominated for best exhibit.
The Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit features a pack of endangered Mexican wolves, four Canada lynx, a Canada moose, two North American porcupines, two bald eagles, two grizzly bears, a mountain lion, three river otters, a family of turkeys and a flock of wood ducks.
This is the third consecutive year the zoo finished in the top 10 in the best zoo category.