Congratulations to the Toledo Zoo – #1 Zoo in the Country

At the end of April I posted about USA Today selecting the Toledo Zoo as one of the 20 best zoos in the country and that there was online voting to select the Top 10 Zoos. Not only did the Toledo Zoo end up in the Top 10, they ended up in the Number 1 Slot. Thank you everyone for voting for them.

One of the things that I love about the Toledo Zoo is the improvements that they are continually making. My daughter is very excited for the opening of the new Penguin Beach this weekend.

The Zoo’s Press Release is below:

Toledo Zoo Named Best in the Nation

TOLEDO, Ohio — It’s official; the Toledo Zoo is the best in the U.S.

Online voting that ended at noon on May 19 clinched the title for the Zoo, a month after USA Today Travel named it among the top 20 zoos in the nation and invited fans to vote online for their favorite from the list of semifinalists.

“We’ve never seen this level of participation in any previous 10Best Readers’ Choice contest,” Libby McMillan, 10Best content manager, said. “Despite the enormous level of participation by zoo nominees, Toledo’s win was by a significant margin. 10Best and USA TODAY feel privileged to have hosted a contest which resonated so strongly with our readers. The votes for this category were over three times higher than the most popular contest held prior.”

Jeff Sailer, the Zoo’s executive director, praised a massive community-wide effort that inspired an outpouring of support for the Zoo. “I consider this a ‘win’ not just for the Zoo, but for the whole region. It’s a great reminder of Toledo’s many world-class cultural attractions, from the Toledo Museum of Art, University of Toledo and Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Toledo Botanical Gardens and the Mud Hens,” he said. “We couldn’t have done it without the enthusiastic support from our community, and it proves what we can do when we all work together – even when we’re competing against much larger metropolitan areas. This whole region loves its Zoo!”

The USA Today 10Best organization covers 236 major metropolitan areas worldwide, offering travel tips and ideas, along with periodic top ten lists. Three other Ohio zoos made the top 20 list: Cincinnati at #3, Columbus at #5 and Cleveland at #12. Full contest results are available at

The Toledo Zoo’s winning title comes just days before three dynamic new exhibits open to the public on May 23: Penguin Beach, Flamingo Key sponsored by Toledo Express Airport, and ‘Keet Retreat sponsored by BP. Opening Weekend celebrations, May 23-25, are sponsored by Kroger.

This new status as the nation’s best zoo marks something that Sailer said is one of the area’s best tributes: teamwork. “The USA Today #10Best contest united our community, and it’s a community that everyone at the Zoo is proud to be a part of.”

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