If you haven’t seen the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life exhibit, get there. It’s the largest polar bear exhibit in North America and also provides one of the best habitats for the bears. Better yet, vote for it in the USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards for your favorite zoo exhibit.
The $14.9 million Arctic Rind of Life exhibit is the 70-foot-long, 12-foot-wide and 8-foot-tall clear tunnel that allows visitors to observe polar bears and seals (separated by a transparent barrier) swim above and around them.
USATODAY10Best asked experts from the Zoo Association of America and the International Zoo Educators Association to help comb the U.S. to find the best of the best zoo exhibits (excluding aquariums) — animal habitats that engage the visitor while keeping the welfare of the animal residents paramount. The Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life made the list.
Voting is open until Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:59 am EDT. You can vote once a day. Click here to vote.
Detroit’s done pretty well in these USA Today 10 Best contests. Detroit was ranked the Best Sports City in the US in the USA Today 10Bestcontest Reader’s Contest for Best Sports City. The Detroit RiverFront was in the Top 10 in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best American Riverfront.
Here are the other zoos we are up against:
- African Elephant Crossing-Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- African Plains – San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Animal Care Center – Busch Gardens Tampa
- Benson Predator Ridge – Denver Zoo
- Big Cat Crossing – Philadelphia Zoo
- Congo Gorilla Forest – Bronx Zoo
- Desert Dome/Kingdoms of the Night-Henry Doorly Zoo
- Desert Loop Trail – Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
- Discovery Tram Tour – Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
- Elephant Odyssey – San Diego Zoo
- Giants of the Savanna – Dallas Zoo
- Maharajah Jungle Trek – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Monkey Village – Phoenix Zoo
- Museum of Living Art – Fort Worth Zoo
- Polar Frontier – Columbus Zoo
- Russia’s Grizzly Coast – Minnesota Zoo
- Sea Lion Sound – St. Louis Zoo
- The O Line – Smithsonian’s National Zoo
- World of the Insect – Cincinnati Zoo
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