MELBOURNE, Fla., July 17, 2020 — Readers of USA Today’s 10Best website have selected Brevard Zoo as one of the top zoos in North America.

The Zoo, which came in fifth place overall, was the highest-ranked facility in the Southeastern United States and the only Florida zoo to make the list.

“Our Zoo isn’t as big as some of the others on the list, but what we lack in size, we make up for in immersive exhibits, one-of-a-kind animal experiences, and a commitment to wildlife locally and around the globe,” said Keith Winsten, the Zoo’s executive director. “We are grateful to the readers of 10Best for their support, and we hope this draws more attention to Florida’s Space Coast.”

“This is such an incredible honor for us to have one of our gems listed in a top 10 national poll like this,” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.  “It is a testament to the vision and hard work the Zoo staff and community have put in to make our local Zoo truly one of the best in the country.”



Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at

The Aquarium Project is a plan to construct a world-class aquarium and conservation center at Port Canaveral. More information is available at

Elliot Zirulnik, Communications Manager
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