Visit Mesker Park Zoo
The Mesker Park Zoo, officially called Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, is one of the largest and the oldest zoos in Indiana. The zoo spans an area of fifty acres and houses over seven animals and around two hundred species in their natural habitats. The well preserved environment, complete with trees, wildflowers and exotic plants, allow the animals of all the species at the zoo to roam freely. The zoo was home to only two cubs, an elephant and some antelope when it opened in 1928. Today, there is a tropical rainforest exhibit worth $15 million and several fascinating exhibits.
Visit Mesker Park Zoo
While there are many zoos in the country today that have animals in their natural habitats, Mesker Park Zoo was one of the pioneers in this regard. The major exhibits are Amazonia which is the new rainforest exhibit with over a hundred and fifty animals including capybaras, jaguars, toucans, bats, macaws, iguanas, squirrel monkeys and howler monkeys; North America exhibit with its gray wolf enclosure, prairie dogs, bald eagles and bobcats; Tropic America exhibit featuring llamas, black swans and rhea; Discovery Center which has langur, tamarin, red pandas, binturong, serval, clouded leopard, northern pied hornbill, frogs and hyacinth macaw; Lemur Forest; African Rift featuring giraffes, white storks and zebras and Asia & Australia exhibit featuring rhinoceros, camels, cranes, lions, emus, tigers and horses among others. Other noteworthy exhibits are the Kley Building, Children’s Enchanted Forest, Lake Victoria and African Panorama.
Mesker Park Zoo is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours are subject to change depending on weather. You can check out the events calendar to plan your visit. While admission is closed at 4 p.m., you can stay half an hour more to explore the exhibits and for an hour longer on the grounds. Admission for adults is $9.50, for children aged three to twelve is $8.50 and for children aged two or younger is free. The rates are reduced during the winter months. You cannot take outside food or drinks, excluding water, coolers or any animal, skateboards, rollerblades or bikes. Amenities at the zoo include Rainforest Grill, Wild Rivers Trading Co. Gift Shop, Engelbrecht Carousel, Stroller Rental, Zoo Tram, Paddleboats and Bumper Boats.
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Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is just eleven miles north of Ramada Hotel in Henderson/Evansville. Stay at one of the most reputed hotels in the area and get the best deal when you book directly with Ramada Henderson.