Did You Know?
Magellanic penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan who first discovered them in 1519.
The Zoo encompasses over 20 acres and features more than 500 individual animals representing approximately 160 different species. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, we are committed to the preservation of endangered animals and are actively developing strategies that will help protect species and preserve their wild habitats. Through education, conservation, research and recreation, Potter Park Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for students and families.
With an exciting 15-20 year master plan in place, the 21st century will see Potter Park Zoo transformed into an exciting center for conservation education.