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Mesker Park Zoo

2421 Bement Avenue
Evansville, Indiana

Phone: 812-435-6143 -- TTY:

Statement of Purpose

Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden’s mission is to foster the preservation of the Earth’s diverse species and living systems through an active role in education and conservation in our regional and professional community. We will forge connections between people and the natural world by providing quality experiences that promote understanding and celebrate the rich tapestry of life.

Highlights & Collections:

Mesker Park Zoo has 70 acres of beautiful botanic gardens with 300 animals representing 200 different species. Guests can feed a giraffe, or walk through an animal exhibit in the African rift. All new Children’s Enchanted Forest with a petting zoo, animal exhibits and a playground. Monkey Ship bumper boat rides for children under 54”.

Indian rhino, the oldest living hippo in captivity, gerenuk, clouded leopards, cheetahs, gibbons, lions, tigers and many more animals.


6 zoogeographic areas; 300 animals; 70 acres.

Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 25, 26, 30 & 31. A not-too-scary Halloween party for the kids. Trick or Treat and entertainment in a safe and fun environment.

Holly Daze at the Zoo
Winter wonderland at the zoo. Santa Claus, games, choirs, crafts, and storytellers.


Open everyday 365 days a year at 9 am.
Gate closes at 4 pm.

Admission & Directions:

Adults (13+) $4.75
Children (3-12) $3.75
Children (0-2) Free

Mesker Park Zoo offers reciprocal free admission to all members of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in the US and Canada.

164 to 41 South. Take the Lloyd Expressway west. Take St. Joseph Avenue north. Turn left on Bement Ave.


Key Personnel:

Dan McGinn, Director
Dave Ruhter, General Curator
Eric Beck, Animal Curator
Diana Barber, Education Curator
Tammery Olsen, Operations Curator
Stephanie Sanderson, Visitor Services Curator

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