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Asian Highlands named Best Zoo Exhibit

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Rhinos, deer, sloth bear and tigers make their homes in this winning exhibit

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  • Asian Highlands

    Asian Highlands
    Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

    The Asian Highlands exhibit at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo takes visitors through the foothills of Northern India to see Indian rhinos and Père David’s deer, and the Himalayan Mountains to spot sloth bear, Amur tigers and snow leopards. Guests enter the area by passing beneath a replica Himalayan ruin.
    Photo courtesy of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

  • Rocky Mountain Wild

    Rocky Mountain Wild
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Colorado wildlife is front and center at this exhibit at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. The 3-acre exhibit is home to moose wandering amid pine woods with their own small lake, mountain lions in a naturalistic rock canyon, the elusive Canada lynx, river otters playing in a waterfall and grizzly bears roaming the mountainside.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / avstraliavasin

  • Gorilla Treeway

    Gorilla Treeway
    Philadelphia Zoo

    The Gorilla Treeway at the Philadelphia Zoo is part of the facility’s Zoo360 initiative, aiming to enrich the environments of all animals in their care. This 300-foot walkway passes 12 feet above the visitor path, giving the gorillas a way to explore and move between a variety of environments.
    Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

  • Boyd Family Asian Trek

    Boyd Family Asian Trek
    Zoo Knoxville

    Zoo Knoxville’s Boyd Family Asian Trek is home to Malayan tigers, white-naped cranes, silvered leaf langurs and white-handed gibbons. Guests can observe these species while climbing a multi-level tree house or walking across a swinging suspension bridge.
    Photo courtesy of Zoo Knoxville

  • Simmons Hippo Outpost

    Simmons Hippo Outpost
    Dallas Zoo

    The 2.1-acre Simmons Hippo Outpost, an expansion of the already incredible Africa experience at the Dallas Zoo, features a replicated African waterhole habitat with a 120,000-gallon pool and a 24 by 8-foot underwater viewing window, bringing guests up close to the zoo’s Nile hippos. Above the water, the hippos share their home with an okapi herd. The zoo hosts daily keeper chats where guests can get up close with the hippos and okapi during educational training demonstrations.
    Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo

  • Land of the Tiger

    Land of the Tiger
    Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

    Land of the Tigers at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens provides a home for Malayan and Sumatran tigers, free to roam through the area on a series of trails. Guests can see these animals from almost any angle while enjoying the 2.5-acre exhibit.
    Photo courtesy of Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

  • Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear

    Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear
    Nashville Zoo

    Among the newest exhibits at the Nashville Zoo is Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear, marking the first time this species has appeared at the zoo in its entire history. The exhibit is fashioned after a traditional indigenous village, with unobstructed views of the bears from aboveground and underwater observation points.
    Photo courtesy of Byron Jorjorian / Nashville Zoo

  • Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley

    Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley
    Sedgwick County Zoo

    This 5-acre exhibit at Sedgwick County Zoo is the third largest elephant habitat in the country. The African elephants have access to both indoor and outdoor spaces, including a 550,000-gallon pool, while visitors can observe these gentle giants from the comfort of a covered pavilion.
    Photo courtesy of Sedgwick County Zoo

  • Devereaux Tiger Forest

    Devereaux Tiger Forest
    Detroit Zoo

    This exhibit at the Detroit Zoo provides a home to three Amur tigers, Nikolai, Aleksei and Kisa. The enclosure features naturalistic elements you might find in the tigers’ natural environment, including elevated vantage points, wooded areas, pools, open spaces, a cave and a waterfall.
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Zoo

  • California Trail

    California Trail
    Oakland Zoo

    The California Traill at the Oakland Zoo tells the story of how humans have shaped the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area through a series of native animal and plant exhibits. American bison, black bears, California condors, eagles, mountain lions, gray wolves, grizzly bears and jaguars all call the area home, accessible via an electric gondola from the main portion of the zoo.
    Photo courtesy of Oakland Zoo

  • Asian Highlands
  • Rocky Mountain Wild
  • Gorilla Treeway
  • Boyd Family Asian Trek
  • Simmons Hippo Outpost
  • Land of the Tiger
  • Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear
  • Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley
  • Devereaux Tiger Forest
  • California Trail

A great zoo exhibit engages visitors with the animals they're observing while keeping the welfare and enrichment of its animal residents front and center. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite animal exhibits in North American, and these are the results.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Zoo Exhibit are as follows:

  1. Asian Highlands - Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  2. Rocky Mountain Wild - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  3. Gorilla Treeway - Philadelphia Zoo
  4. Boyd Family Asian Trek - Zoo Knoxville
  5. Simmons Hippo Outpost - Dallas Zoo
  6. Land of the Tiger - Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
  7. Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear - Nashville Zoo
  8. Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley - Sedgwick County Zoo
  9. Devereaux Tiger Forest - Detroit Zoo
  10. California Trail - Oakland Zoo

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 zoo exhibits!

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