About The Zoo
Connecting people with the world around them happens naturally at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. Your visit to Indiana’s first zoo offers a worldwide adventure as you encounter over 700 animals representing 186 species from around the globe.
Located on 45-scenic acres on Evansville’s northwest side, we welcome you to our unique zoo and think you’ll enjoy being completely immersed in natural beauty. From the South American rainforest of Amazonia to the Family Garden, Lake Victoria, and the rolling hills in between; Connecting people with the natural world is mission accomplished when you visit Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden.
Escape the cold weather with a journey to South America! Hundreds of unique orchids will adorn Amazonia during Orchid Escape. Immerse yourself in the beauty of artistically displayed orchids in the 75 degree comfort of Amazonia! Orchid Escape is included in the price of zoo admission. Orchid experts from our Botanical Docent program will be on hand during weekends of the event to provide more information about orchids and orchid care. A selection of orchids will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
Want an private sneak peek of this event? Join us for the Preview Party on Friday, February 10 from 6-9PM. This event gives guest an exclusive look at the exhibit before it opens to the public while enjoying a selection of South American cuisine, drinks, music, artists, and a silent auction. Tickets are available here. Must be 21 and over to attend the preview event.