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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden voted best zoo in the nation

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Posted at 9:20 AM, May 03, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Voters selected the Cincinnati Zoo as the best zoo in the nation in USA Today’s 2019 Summer Readers’ Choice poll, and the Newport Aquarium was named as one of top aquariums in the country.

Zoo Director Thane Maynard said in a statement that the Cincinnati Zoo was among 20 zoos across the country nominated for the top title.

“The Cincinnati community loves their Zoo and got behind us as soon as the poll was announced,” Maynard said. “We thank everyone who voted to make us the Best Zoo in the Nation!”

In 2018, the zoo’s PNC Festival of Lights won USA Today’s 10Best Poll for Best Zoo Lights.

The Newport Aquarium is sixth of out of the 20 aquariums nominated in the poll, an aquarium spokesperson announced Friday.