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Sea Lion Sound at Saint Louis Zoo
The Saint Louis Zoo's Sea Lion Sound brings visitors nose-to-nose with swimming sea lions in the 35-foot-long underwater viewing tunnel. Archived slfp.com photo
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Cherry blossoms welcome visitors to the Japanese Garden, part of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
St. Louis Zoo and Missouri Botanical Garden in the Running for 10Best Readers' Choice
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 8, 2017 - With just 18 days left, the Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden are currently polling at second for 'Best Joo' and 'Best Botanical Garden' in USA Todays' 2017 10Best Readers' Choice.

According to the USA Today profile: "Situated within the nation's largest urban park, the free-to-the-public St. Louis Zoo features a stunning diversity of animals - more than 600 species in total. The zoo is divided into six zones, including Lakeside Crossing where the award-winning Sea Lion Sound combines a stellar exhibit experience with educational presentations and shows. At River's Edge, visitors journey along the Amazon backwaters in South America, through the African savanna, across North American wetlands and deep into an Asian forest to see everything from hippos, African dogs and hyenas to giant anteaters and Andean bears."

The Saint Louis Zoo came in second for the 2016 10Best Readers' Choice. Readers can vote for your favorite U.S. zoo from a pool of 20 nominees, all accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and hand-picked by a panel of zoo and family travel experts. You can cast your vote once per day until voting ends on Monday, March 27 at noon ET. The 10 winning zoos will be announced on Friday, March 31. See 10best Zoo to VOTE NOW.

Also in the running is the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest continuously operated botanical garden in the nation, was founded in 1859 as a center for conservation and education. Today, the 79-acre garden includes Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden and one of the largest collections of rare and endangered orchids on the planet. Other highlights include the Chinese Garden, Victorian District, English Woodland Garden and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.

Vote for your favorite botanical garden once per day until polls close on Monday, March 27 at noon ET. The winners, chosen by you, will be announced on Friday, March 31.See 10best Botanical Garden to VOTE NOW.

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