News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
March 22, 2023
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Brookfield Zoo Places 5th in the Country
in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2023 for Best Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. — A day after announcing plans for an expansion that will include outdoor habitats for its apes and monkeys, Brookfield Zoo, which is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society, is happy to announce it placed 5th in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2023 for best zoo.

Nominees for the “Best Zoo” category were chosen by a panel of travel experts and industry professionals, who chose facilities that excel in animal care and enrichment while also providing engaging and meaningful interactions between animals and zoogoers.
Once nominees were selected, the public was then asked to go online and vote for their favorite zoo. The top 10 best zoos in the United States for 2023 are:

  1. 1. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (Nebraska)
  2. 2. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Ohio)
  3. 3. Brevard Zoo (Florida)
  4. 4. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado)
  5. 5. Brookfield Zoo (Illinois)
  6. 6. ZooTampa at Lowry Park (Florida)
  7. 7. Audubon Zoo (Louisiana)
  8. 8. Saint Louis Zoo (Missouri)
  9. 9. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Ohio)
  10. 10. Indianapolis Zoo (Indiana)

Brookfield Zoo was chosen as one of the top zoo’s in the country for its strong focus on animal care and conservation of the natural world along with educating zoogoers about its animals. Guests can learn about the more than 2,400 animals representing approximately 500 species. Additionally, the Zoo hosts a number of education activities ranging from Earth Day celebrations, lecture series, up-close animal experiences, and education programming for children, including camp, and leadership development opportunities for its King Conservation Science Scholars.

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 9271: At Brookfield Zoo's Great Bear Wilderness, children can get up-close views of Hope, one of the Zoo's polar bears. (credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people to wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit



Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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