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.


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


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 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, 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.


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

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