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Best Wildlife/Safari Park (2021)

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At these 20 safari and wildlife parks, nominated as the best in the U.S., visitors get up close and personal with exotic and endangered animals from around the country and the world. Many of the facilities are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and have a focus on conservation as well as education. 

  • Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park

    Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park
    Ashland, Neb.

    An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park invites visitors to drive along a 4-mile route through habitats populated by native North American plant and animal species – American elk, bison, waterfowl, raptors and white-tailed deer. At Wolf Canyon, guests can hop out of the car to see grey wolves and American black bears or walk through the half-acre Eagle Aviary.
    Photo courtesy of Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park

  • Bearizona Wildlife Park

    Bearizona Wildlife Park
    Williams, Ariz.

    Visitors to Bearizona, situated on 160 acres of land near the town of Williams, dive through more than three miles of Ponderosa pine forest on a safari to see North American animals in naturalistic habitats. After the driving portion of the park, guests can head on foot through Fort Bearizona, where winding walkways lead past smaller animals on exhibit. Guests can interact with animals in the Bearizona Barnyard petting zoo or learn more about the animals on display during daily keeper chats.
    Photo courtesy of Bearizona Wildlife Park

  • Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

    Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
    Divide, Colo.

    The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center seeks to educate the public about the importance of wolves, coyotes and foxes to the North American ecosystem and about the habitats that support them. The sanctuary provides natural habitats for animals that can no longer live in the wild. Guided walking tours give visitors an up-close view of timber, Arctic and Mexican grey wolves, coyotes, red and swift foxes.
    Photo courtesy of Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    San Diego

    At the AZA-accredited San Diego Zoo Safari Park, visitor can feed a giraffe, observe rhinos with their young, watch an elephant herd splash through a pond or see lions basking in the sun. A tram transports guests through the 1,800 African-themed acres, and regularly scheduled Animal Encounters offer a more intimate animal experience, led by park keepers. More than 300 species call the park home.
    Photo courtesy of San Diego Zoo Safari Park

  • The Wilds

    The Wilds
    Cumberland, Ohio

    An AZA-accredited branch of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds helps visitors gain a fresh perspective on endangered species through a series of immersive experiences within the 10,000-acre park. Rare and endangered animals from around the globe –particularly Africa and Asia – live in open range habitats that visitors can explore via open-air safari vehicle. 
    Photo courtesy of TourismOhio, Ohio.org

  • B. Bryan Preserve

    B. Bryan Preserve
    Point Arena, Calif.

    The B. Bryan Preserve on California's Mendocino coast has a mission to breed and preserve African hoof stock. Visitors to the Point Arena wildlife park have the opportunity to observe rare and endangered animals, including antelope, zebra, kudu and giraffe in large, open fields similar to their natural habitats. Available by reservation only, tours give visitors an up-close view of each species.
    Photo courtesy of B. Bryan Preserve

  • Keystone Safari

    Keystone Safari
    Grove City, Pennsylvania

    Keystone Safari, an interactive zoo and adventure park in Grove City, PA, is devoted to protecting rare and endangered animals. The 144-acre park has both walk-thru and open-area drive-thru sections where visitors can view animals including Guanacos, Donkeys, Ponies, Highlander Cattle, Emu, Rhea, Gayal, Banteng, Waterbuck, Blackbuck, Nilgai, Pere David’s Deer, Fallow Deer, Bison, Yak, Gyr, Eland, Turkeys, Zebras, Elk and more.
    Photo courtesy of Keystone Safari

  • Lion Country Safari

    Lion Country Safari
    Loxahatchee, Fla.

    Palm Beach may be far away from the wilds of Africa, but it’s also home to Florida’s first drive-through safari, the AZA-accredited Lion Country Safari. Established in 1967, this safari park invites visitors to observe and interact with more than 1,000 animals divided between seven sections. Guests might spot ostrich, wildebeest and impala on the Serengeti Plains, observe a pride of lions in Gorongosa Reserve or see giraffe and endangered rhino in Hwange National Park.
    Photo courtesy of Lion Country Safari

  • Wildlife Safari

    Wildlife Safari
    Winston, Ore.

    Wildlife Safari, an Oregon wildlife park accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is home to some 500 animals, many visible along the park’s drive-through safari route or the walk-through Safari Village. Wildlife Safari has long been a leader in conservation as well; their cheetah breeding program launched in 1972, and since then, more than 200 cheetahs have been born at the park.
    Photo courtesy of Wildlife Safari

  • Safari West

    Safari West
    Santa Rosa, Calif.

    A bit of Africa in the heart of California’s wine country, AZA-accredited Safari West welcomes guests to the “Sonoma Serengeti,” where a 3-hour riding and walking adventure takes them through the 400-acre preserve. Giraffes, zebras, oryx, gazelle, antelopes, buffalo, wildebeest and many other species number among the 1,000 animals that call the park home. For an even more in-depth safari experience, visitors can choose to stay the night in a luxurious safari tent and fall asleep to the sounds of nocturnal animals.
    Photo courtesy of Safari West

The top 10 winners in the category Best Safari Park are as follows:

  1. Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park - Ashland, Neb.
  2. Bearizona Wildlife Park - Williams, Ariz.
  3. Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center - Divide, Colo.
  4. San Diego Zoo Safari Park - San Diego
  5. The Wilds - Cumberland, Ohio
  6. B. Bryan Preserve - Point Arena, Calif.
  7. Keystone Safari - Grove City, Pennsylvania
  8. Lion Country Safari - Loxahatchee, Fla.
  9. Wildlife Safari - Winston, Ore.
  10. Safari West - Santa Rosa, Calif.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning safari parks!

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