Yesterday on a whim I bought a book produced by the well-known travel company Lonely Planet. It's a large hardcover called Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See... Ranked. Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel - Lonely Planet Shop - Lonely Planet US The book was shrink wrapped (to hold the included map) so I had no idea what 500 attractions would make the list until I got it home. The attractions are of a wide variety. Some are museums, some are city neighborhoods, some are national parks, some are natural or cultural landmarks, and a couple are theme parks. The introduction states the methodology for choosing. They started by listing every single highlight in every Lonely Planet guidebook. They narrowed down the list and then put it online for the Lonely Planet community to vote on. They used the results to produce the list of 500, giving more weight to sites that got consistently high scores instead of those that got lots of low scores. Why am I posting this on ZooChat? I was surprised to find the list includes one zoo and one aquarium (plus one theme park complex that includes a zoo). I did not expect to see any zoos. Which zoological attractions made the list? Singapore Zoo is the only zoo on the list, ranked 236 out of the 500 sights. Musee Oceanographique de Monaco is the only aquarium on the list, ranked 493 out of the 500 sights. Walt Disney World also makes the list at 155, but they are counting the entire complex and not just Animal Kingdom. In fact they make no mention of Animal Kingdom in their brief synopsis. (Space limitations mean each listing only gets one paragraph). I find it interesting but I don't give the results too much weight. Many zoos and safari parks likely are not listed in Lonely Planet guides which means they were never under consideration in the first place. The results were voted on by Lonely Planet forum members, whom I perceive to be more interested in adventure travel and culture than family places like zoos and theme parks (Disney World may be the only theme park listed - even the original Disneyland didn't make the list).