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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 hundreds of animals representing 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.


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News & Upcoming Events

Wild Summer Nights in August!

Beat the heat with our Wild Summer Nights series. Each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in August, we’re staying open late!

The ticket office and attractions will close at 7PM, at which time staff will begin to move animals off exhibits and buildings will begin to close. All visitors must be off zoo grounds by 8PM.


Fur & Feathers 5K – Sept 15

Registration for the popular Zoo 5K is available now! In addition to the 5K, Kids Dash, and One Mile Family Fun Run, we’ll also be offering 3 open training sessions for registered participants. Click here to learn more or to sign up today!


Action for Cheetahs Talk – Aug 26

Mary Wykstra, Director for Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, will discuss her work bringing together wildlife authorities and landholders to support wildlife conservation and human livelihoods for long-term sustainability of the peoples, animals, and landscapes of Africa. Included in general zoo admission.




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