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Every day Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden welcomes visitors, supports conservation projects, and connects people to wildlife. We are the doorway to the natural world for our guests. Without the generous support of our members, donors, guests, and community, we wouldn’t be able to foster this deep connection to nature.

When you give to your zoo, not only are you supporting wildlife, but also demonstrating your commitment to providing opportunities for your community to explore the natural world.

Join with other passionate zoo supporters and donate today.  Thank you for your support and encouragement of the work we do every day at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden.

Join Our Capital Campaign!

Engelbrecht Carousel and Aviary Capital Campaign

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The Budgie Aviary will be a walk-through exhibit where guests are able to delight in an engaging encounter with these small, colorful birds native to Australia. Guests will be able to interact directly with the birds and for an extra special encounter, purchase food to feed the birds directly from their hands. The aviary will house approximately 200 of the small free-flight parakeets called budgies.

The Engelbrecht Carousel will be an instant family favorite, delighting children and building new family memories while telling the story of endangered animals in a fun and memorable way. The new merry-go-round will feature 30 hand-crafted rare and endangered carousel animals. Riders will pay a small fee for each ride with a discount for members. In honor of a generous lead gift provided by the Engelbrecht Family, the zoo will permanently call the new carousel, the Engelbrecht Carousel.

The Engelbrecht Carousel and Budgie Aviary is the first project in this plan of growth for the zoo over the next 10 years. Following this success, the zoo will almost immediately begin a penguin exhibit and then begin the largest project in this plan, Africa.

What Your Gift Will Fund

When you make a gift to the zoo you can rest assured that your money will be used responsibly and in the area where it is most immediately needed, including:

Animal Care and Enrichment – All of our animals receive incredible treatment every day!

Education for Families and Youth – Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is a Zoo for Everyone. We provide education programs to individuals of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. These programs help communicate the importance of caring for animals and our environment.

Wildlife Conservation and Awareness – In addition to building appreciation for animals on our Zoo grounds, the Zoo participates in several conservation programs that are bringing animal species back from the brink of extinction.

The Community deserves a Zoo that is truly focused on the needs of animals, visitors and staff. Your gift will enhance our animal and botanical habitats and will create a pleasing zoo experience for all who visit.


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