Did You Know?
Meerkats eat almost anything. They love bugs, watermelon, cat food treats, bones, and frozen fruit.
Potter Park Zoo is your ticket to get closer than you’ve ever been to more than 160 species of animals. Below is just a sampling. Check out the map to see everything we have to offer!
Wings From Down Under features over 400 Grass Parakeets and Cockatiels in free flight! The birds are specially trained and raised in captivity so they are comfortable and very friendly with people. Our Wings birds aren’t shy when it comes to feeding and for just $1, you can buy a seed stick to feed them yourself! This exhibit is open from 10am to 5pm.
Strolling through the beautiful gardens near the duck pond is both relaxing and educational. Signposts along the way tell you how you can make your yard just as lovely and beneficial to wildlife in your neighborhood by attracting birds, butterflies, and other animals.
A family favorite! At Farmyard EdVentures, you'll find adorable pygmy goats, yaks, burros, toy China pigs and huge African tortoises. Take a break from your walk around the zoo and enjoy these fun farmyard animals!
The Bird & Reptile House includes dozens of animals ranging from Emerald Tree Boas, Gila Monsters and Chestnut-fronted Macaws. Rare and endangered animals such as the
Bali Mynah and Puerto Rican Crested Toad can also be seen up close. Don’t
forget to stop in and see the playful Cotton-top Tamarin and the speedy Northern Tree Shrew!
Not only is this one of the oldest buildings at the zoo (originally built in 1930!), it’s home to some of the most remarkable animals you’ll find. Amur Tigers, Ring-tailed Lemurs, beautiful Snow Leopards, African Lions, and Mandrills all spend their time inside and around the perimeter of the Feline & Primate House.
Visiting Wolf Woods is like taking an adventure to the wild northern woods of the Upper Peninsula or Canada. You'll enter a log cabin with a huge picture window looking out onto the gray wolves. Also included in this exhibit are a variety of wildlife artifacts and information about current conservation efforts underway to help protect wolf populations.
Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of our Duck Pond area at the zoo. Here you can view ducks, geese, swans, and even a few unusual species like a pelican.
Now closed for the 2013 season
During the warmer months, the Pony Rides are open for all children who want a tiny taste of the Old West. Rides run from 10am to 4pm daily and are $3 per child. Don’t forget your camera!
Take a ride on one of our Dromedary Camels – a family favorite! Rides run from 10am to 4pm daily during the summer and fall and cost $4 per ride. Plenty of great photo opportunities for the whole family, and an experience you will never forget!