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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 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.

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Upcoming Events

Timeless Treasure of Mesker (Open Daily through September 26)

Discover the history of Indiana’s first zoo in the Kley Exhibit Hall.

Kinderfun at the Zoo (Fall session begins September 17)

Click here for complete information and to reserve your spot today!

Wildfire & Wine (September 26)

Experience the zoo as you never have before at Wildfire & Wine.  Lake Victoria is set ablaze as the zoo comes alive with art, performances, animal encounters, and food & drink.

Attendees to Wildfire & Wine will enjoy:

Dinner
Wine samples from a variety of wineries
Live Art Demonstrations including Owensboro native, Aaron Kizer
Live Music
and Dessert with the Dragons

Click here for complete information & to purchase your tickets

Apply now to be a Zoo Docent – It’s YOUR zoo, get involved!

Training begins October 2. For complete details, click here.

Annual Scarecrow Contest

Get creative and have fun by participating in this popular contest.  Individuals and businesses are encouraged to create a Scarecrow for thousands of Boo at the Zoo attendees to enjoy – your Scarecrow  may just be a prize winner! For complete details, view the Scarecrow Form 2014 

Old National Bank presents Boo at the Zoo October 17-19 & 24-26 - Tickets Now Available!

This annual event is very popular with the family crowd!  Dress in costume and explore the zoo during one of the six nights of Boo at the Zoo.  Ticket prices are $6.00 for zoo members and $8.00 for non-members and can be purchased online or at the zoo gift shop during regular zoo hours.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended.  All attendees age 1 and up must have a ticket. For a complete schedule of activities, click here.

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