Saint Louis Zoo Named No. 2 in USA Today Poll, No. 1 in Our Hearts

Categories: Animals

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Steve Truesdell
The Saint Louis Zoo is No. 1 in our hearts.
The loyal supporters of the Saint Louis Zoo put up a hell of a fight trying to vote the local gem into the No. 1 spot on USA Today and 10Best's list of the top zoos in the country.

The Toledo Zoo walked away with the top spot, but St. Louis was the runner-up.

USA Today often partners with 10Best to compile click-bait lists, but organizers say the battle to be named America's top zoo was particularly fierce.

"We've never seen ANYTHING like the passion our readers have for their favorite zoo!" writes USA Today (emphasis theirs). "In an historic 10Best Readers' Choice contest category, zoo enthusiasts voted in record numbers -- shattering previous vote tallies by a mile -- in pursuit of seeing their hometown zoo land the coveted No. 1 spot."

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Steve Truesdell
Kapika, a baby female Coquerel's sifaka, clings to her mom.
St. Louis doesn't need a poll to tell us our free, beautiful, newly updated zoo is the best, but fans made a valiant effort to get our zoo its due.

See also: Saint Louis Zoo's Baby Monkey Is the Cutest Thing Ever

"Coming in at a very solid No.2 is Saint Louis Zoo, which also had legions of loyal fans voting daily, and even up through the final minutes of the contest," say poll organizers.

The zoo most recently made headlines when a kettle-corn stand caught fire. No creatures, human or otherwise, were injured.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Candy Barnard
Candy Barnard

We need the taxes to keep it up and take care of the animals.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

without being per capita, the votes are skewed. Also skewing is the fact STL refuses to charge admission fees, and prefers stealing from the tax doles from people never entering the Zoo, nor benefiting from tourist dollars, except longer lines elsewhere and more traffic.

And I am a Marlin Perkins Society member. I think the Museum-Zoo tax is a horrible idea.

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

To bad the animals are locked up like criminals i wouldnt want to live like that...Yeah STL your cruelty towards animals is second in the US..Awesome happy dance

Nita Biffar
Nita Biffar

One of my favorite places to go in St. Louis, and take my grandson. Sometimes I go by myself and wonder around thinking while watching the animals

Dan Sterkin
Dan Sterkin

The dead polar bears wouldn't agree.

Evelyn Nettemeyer
Evelyn Nettemeyer

The St. Louis Zoo and Art Museum are both free to the public and amazing places for families to take their children. Love their Art Museum and special exhibits are outstanding. .

Jim Sindel
Jim Sindel

It's not free for St. Louis city and county people paying taxes.

Brett McLarty
Brett McLarty

Amanda Engelkamp did you see this? Boom! I love the hippos!

Starlett Renken
Starlett Renken

I love the St. Louis Zoo, keep it free and affordable for all families.

William Luebben
William Luebben

Terrific! I've been to the Denver zoo, Nashville, TN, Brookfield and others. None of them can hold a candle to the STL Zoo!

Deb Sholes
Deb Sholes

I confess I voted more than once.

Ruth Hill
Ruth Hill

Love, love love the hippos !!!!!!!

Brad Harper
Brad Harper

Nothing wrong with second. Be there in a couple of weeks. Can't wait:)

Jason Kanzler
Jason Kanzler

^ I'm shocked at how no matter how positive the article, someone's gotta bring up some irrelevant shit.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

I'm shocked the RFT and Tef Poe haven't written any crappy articles on how they think the Zoo is racist.

Bob Dre
Bob Dre

Considering, we are in size one of the smallest, and we are certainly one of the only free Zoo's in America. I feel like this is a great accomplishment for our city. Go STL!

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