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Three Central Florida Zoo's nominated as the best zoo in the country, help vote for the winner!

Three popular Central Florida Zoo's have been nominated as the best zoos in North America. by USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.


This year, Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, and Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park are all in a shortlist of 20 of the leading zoos across the country, which were decided by a panel of experts working with 10Best’s editorial team.


The overall winner from the shortlist will be determined by a public vote.


Voting is open now and you can help your favourite zoo win by voting once per day through Monday, March 6 at the three links below.


Brevard Zoo Florida

Brevard Zoo

For the fourth year in a row, Brevard Zoo in Melbourne has been nominated in the awards.


In 2020, the popular zoo took fifth place overall, in 2021, they took sixth place and last year, they took fourth place.


Home to more than 900 animals, the AZA-accredited Brevard Zoo takes the zoo-going experience to adventurous new levels.


Guests can zip-line through the jungles of South America or kayak through the African savanna or a restored Florida wetland.


You can help Brevard Zoo to win by voting here.


Brevard Zoo Melbourne Central Florida


Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

Sitting on 56 acres, Zoo Tampa is home to endangered, threatened and vulnerable animal species from such areas as Asia, Africa, Australia and Florida.


ZooTampa at Lowry Park is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in conservation, education, recreation and research.


The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor.


You can help Zoo Tampa to win by voting here.


ZooTampa at Lowry Park


Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens settled into its new location along Lake Monroe in 1975.


Today, the Zoo is home to more than 350 animals representing over 100 species, from tiny, yet mighty, scorpions, to graceful giraffes and even the endangered Indian rhino.


Meet some of our planet’s rarest animals and get to know the species in your own backyard a bit better, including the Florida black bear and the American alligator.


You can help Central Florida Zoo to win by voting here.


Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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