August 8, 2008

Memphis Zoo Gets Lion’s Share of Tourist Rankings

By Linda A Moore

As a city that ranks first in fat and crime, Memphis now has a No. 1 to be proud of.

The Memphis Zoo has been named the top zoo in the country by TripAdvisor, a Web site (Trip that features travel- related reviews from regular citizens.

"We had a very wonderful surprise when we saw that," said Chuck Brady, zoo CEO.

The ranking is based on a popularity index that ranks attractions, said Brooke Ferencsik, Trip Advisor spokeswoman.

There are 30 reviews of the Memphis Zoo on the site. The Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum (No. 2) had 37 reviews and the St. Louis Zoo (No. 3) had 34.

People "just raved" about the Memphis Zoo, Ferencsik said. "Unanimously, people say it's a great zoo."

The zoo received a 90 percent overall satisfaction score, which is nearly 25 percent higher than the national average, zoo officials said.

The goal has been to build a world-class zoo in Memphis, Brady said.

"We've been saying that, not for the last few years but for the last 20 years, and I think what this confirms is that we're well on our way," he said.

- Linda A. Moore: 529-2702


Most Popular Zoos

1. Memphis Zoo

2. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

3. St. Louis Zoo

4. Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Neb.

5. San Diego Zoo

6. San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, Escondido, Calif.

7. Miami Metrozoo

8. Indianapolis Zoo

9. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

10. Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, West Palm Beach, Fla.


Originally published by Linda A. Moore [email protected] .

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