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.
NEW Twilight Tuesdays (July 8 – September 16)
Your zoo will be open until 8 pm for Twilight Tuesdays beginning July 8! Regular admission rates apply. Zoo members are FREE. Last admittance is at 7 pm.
Timeless Treasure of Mesker (Open Daily)
Discover the history of Indiana’s first zoo in the Kley Exhibit Hall.
Dash for Donna 5K and One-Mile Fun Walk (July 26)
This 5K and One-Mile Fun Walk is wildly popular because of the unique course – the beautiful and hilly terrain at the zoo! The 5K competitors will have their time recorded via chip timers and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each category. The One-Mile Fun Walk is something all ages and fitness levels will enjoy.
Registration is online only. Click here for complete details. UPDATE: 7/24/13 Pre-registration has now closed. You can still participate by registering the morning of the race beginning at 6:45 a.m. in the Entry Plaza of the zoo.
Family Fun Day (July 26)
Bring the whole family for this extra-special day at your zoo! Bounce houses, animal encounters, storytellers, live performances and more make this one of the most popular days at the zoo with the 10 and under crowd! Regular admission rates apply. Zoo Members are FREE.
Visit the Events section to view the Family Fun Day schedule of events.