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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Zoo was named as one of the best zoos in North America by USA TODAY.

The 70-acre zoo in Overton Park is home to some 4,500 different animals. The poll singled out its pandas, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek and new hippo exhibit.

Memphis took the No. 8 spot. No. 1 belonged to the Cincinnati Zoo, home to Fiona the hippo.

“While we think 1st place is more fitting for Memphis Zoo, we are excited to have made the list,” a spokesman for the Memphis Zoo said in a news release.

The rankings were determined by a poll of USA TODAY readers, after editors chose the initial 20. See full results here.

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