Did You Know?
Magellanic penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan who first discovered them in 1519.
From Memorial Day in May through Labor Day in September (weather permitting), visitors can enjoy daily keeper talks, weekly animal enrichment and more!
Keeper talks are a unique opportunity to hear interesting stories and ask questions about your favorite animals from the people who work closest to them – the zookeepers!
Keeper talks for the 2013 season are now over. Visit us again for the new schedule next season!
See something strange in an exhibit? A paper bag, a cardboard box, or even toys are all there for a reason - animal enrichment! Our zookeepers use recycled goods to hide food and engage the natural behaviors of our animals. Click here to learn more. Enrichment occurs on Sundays at 1:30pm and Wednesdays at 10:45am and 1:30pm.
Docent talks are now over for the season. Visit us again for updates to a new schedule next season!
Join docents and volunteers as they read animal stories, show some of the live education animals and do crafts with kids. Reading with the Animals takes place at the zoo amphitheater on Tuesdays from 10:00am until noon (except on July 9).
A fun hands-on experience for children! Role-play being a zookeeper or veterinarian and learn what it’s like to care for the animals at Potter Park Zoo. Zoo Play occurs at the VEZU building on Thursdays from 10:00am until noon.
Learn about backyard wildlife and how you can experience nature in your own backyard every day. Backyard activities take place at the Backyard Gardens on Fridays from 10:00am until noon.