RANCHVILLE, Texas — A new annual ranking of America’s top zoos in terms of their animal experience, with some of the nation�s top attractions included in the Top 100, will be released Thursday, Aug. 19.
The annual Zoo in the Park list will be compiled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and is based on research and experience at all zoo and amusement parks in the United States.
The list is based off of a survey conducted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which conducted a similar ranking in 2014.
According to the survey, in 2013, the Top Ten most-attended zoos were among the nation���s top five attractions.
Among the Top 50 in attendance, four of the top ten were in the same region as the Dallas Zoo, with the other three being in Florida.
The list, which is based out of Austin, Texas, is based solely on park visits by visitors, which are considered a factor when compiling the list.
Zoos are not included, as they are typically not inspected by the USDA, and as a result, the numbers are not based on visits to the zoo itself.
As for the Top 10 attractions, the list includes four in the Midwest: The Big Island Zoo, the Florida Zoo, The Grand Canyon Zoo and the Rocky Mountains Zoo.
In Texas, two were in Texas�s second-largest city, Austin.
The Top 100 zoo attractions include a mix of large and small zoo and aquariums, as well as smaller attractions and animal shows.
The Top 10 most popular attractions are the American Zoo at The Texas Zoo and Aquatic Center in Austin, as is the top attraction for adults in the Great Plains Zoo and Farm at Great Lakes Aquarium.
Zoos that are not on the list include the American Museum of Natural History, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Royal Florida Zoo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Other popular zoo attractions included at the top of the list are the World Trade Center Museum in New York City and the Texas Zoo in Austin.
Other top attractions include the Los Angles Zoo, a former animal-breeding facility at the World Zoo in London, England; and the South African Safari, which opened in 2008.