the Arizona desert to downtown New Orleans, zoos delight with prairie dogs, komodo dragons and all manner of creatures exotic and ordinary
(CNN) -- Where else could you stroll through a Mayan jungle, a South American rainforest, and an African savannah ... without ever leaving the United States?
Why, a zoo of course. We've selected a handful from across the country, just to give a taste of the wonders that can be found within the gates of America's animal parks. They range from Philadelphia to San Diego, from the specialized Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to the broad Columbus Zoo.
Put on a safari hat and step inside....