The 10 Coolest Animals You Can See in American Zoos

African Elephants:

Majestic and intelligent, African elephants are a highlight in many zoos, often found in spacious enclosures that mimic their natural habitats.

Giraffes:

With their long necks and distinctive spotted coats, giraffes are iconic zoo residents.

Penguins:

Penguins are a favorite for many zoo-goers. Species like the African penguin or the king penguin can be found in well-designed aquatic exhibits.

Lions:

Lions are often featured in exhibits that recreate a savannah environment. Zoos aim to provide spacious enclosures.

Red Pandas:

Known for their adorable appearance, red pandas are charming inhabitants of many zoos.

Sea Otters:

Sea otters are captivating to watch, especially when they're floating on their backs or using tools to crack open shellfish.

Gorillas:

Gorillas, our closest living relatives, are often featured in large, naturalistic enclosures that mimic their forest habitats.

California Condors:

As part of conservation programs, some zoos house California condors, one of the most endangered bird species in North America.

Snow Leopards:

Snow leopards, elusive and endangered, are showcased in exhibits designed to resemble their mountainous habitats.

Kangaroos:

Visitors can often get up close and personal in designated areas where these marsupials roam freely.

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