San Diego Zoo Leads the Pack at #1 in the World; Georgia Aquarium Tops U.S. List of Aquariums

Award Winners Based on Millions of Reviews and Opinions from the TripAdvisor Community

NEWTON, Mass., July 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced its Travelers' Choice™ awards for zoos and aquariums around the globe. In total, 289 winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S. The awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers across the globe. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for zoos and aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

"The Travelers' Choice awards are recognizing the top zoos and aquariums around the world that are the favorites of the TripAdvisor community," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "Travelers visiting these award-winning attractions can get a close look and learn about the magnificent creatures that inhabit the world around us."

Top 10 Travelers' Choice Zoos in the U.S. and World

Zoos – U.S. Zoos – World
1. San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California 1. San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California
2. Henry Doorly Zoo – Omaha, Nebraska 2. Loro Parque – Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
3. St. Louis Zoo – Saint Louis, Missouri 3. Singapore Zoo – Singapore
4. Zoological Wildlife Foundation – Miami, Florida 4. Prague Zoo – Prague, Czech Republic
5. Cape May County Park & Zoo – Cape May, New Jersey 5. Tiergarten Schoenbrunn – Zoo Vienna –  Vienna, Austria
6. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Colorado Springs, Colorado 6. Henry Doorly Zoo – Omaha, Nebraska
7. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo – Fort Wayne, Indiana 7. Chester Zoo – Chester, United Kingdom
8. Memphis Zoo – Memphis, Tennessee 8. St. Louis Zoo – Saint Louis, Missouri
9. Zoo Miami – Miami, Florida 9. Zoological Wildlife Foundation – Miami, Florida
10. San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Escondido, California 10. ZooParc de Beauval – Saint Aignan, France

Top 10 Travelers' Choice Aquariums in the U.S. and World

Aquariums – U.S. Aquariums – World
1. Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, Georgia 1. Oceanario de Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
2. Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, California 2. Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, Georgia
3. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee 3. Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, California
4. Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, Tennessee 4. Oceanografic – Valencia, Spain
5. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – Sarasota, Florida 5. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
6. Shedd Aquarium – Chicago, Illinois 6. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada – Toronto, Canada
7. National Aquarium, Baltimore – Baltimore, Maryland 7. Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre – Hersonissos, Greece
8. Dallas World Aquarium – Dallas, Texas 8. Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, Tennessee
9. Alaska SeaLife Center – Seward, Alaska 9. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium – Motobu-cho, Japan
10. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters – Marathon, Florida   10. Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver, Canada

For the complete list of winners from the 2015 Travelers' Choice Zoos and Aquariums, as well as reviews and candid traveler photos, go to:

www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cZoos

www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cAquariums

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Julie Cassetina
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jcassetina@tripadvisor.com