African Lion

This is Dakota, our male African lion. He came to Potter Park Zoo from Sedgwick County Zoo in 2011.

Did you know?

Lions are very social animals that live in prides of 4 and 37 cats. At the core of the pride are 4 to 12 related adult females, their young, and 1-6 adult males.  Lions spend over 80 percent of their time conserving energy, which is important for large animals to survive where food may be difficult to get. That adds up to your average lion spending up to 20 hours a day resting or sleeping!

About Our Animals

Potter Park Zoo is home to over 160 species of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered, including Amur tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, bongos and more. Interested in learning more about the animals you'll meet during your trip to the zoo? Check out these animal profiles!

Plan a Visit

Potter Park Zoo is a 58-acre zoo located in the capital city of Lansing, Michigan. With over 500 animal residents there is always something new and exciting to see. From special events to programs for children and adults, the Zoo offers family fun and enrichment year round. Come explore the Zoo and help us celebrate, study, and protect the diversity of animals and their habitats.

Support the Zoo!

Each year thousands of children and adults visit Potter Park Zoo and participate in a variety of educational outreach programs. These programs would not be possible with the generous support of friends like you! Your gifts benefit the Zoo by providing ongoing financial support that ensures the health and well-being of all the animals at the Zoo and provides for education and outreach, conservation, animal welfare programs, and capital improvement projects.

Conservation

Our mission is to inspire people to conserve animals in the natural world. Potter Park Zoo is doing our part to save species around the world through research, education, breeding and release programs and much more.

Upcoming Events

Thousands of lights create extraordinary animal exhibits and holiday displays at the 23rd annual Wonderland of Lights! There will be cookies, crafts and animal encounters for the kids to enjoy!

Become a Member

Are you ready for a full year of wild adventures? Become a Potter Park Zoo member! Members receive free standard admission, discounts at our gift shop, concessions, birthday parties and much more. Best of all, you are making a lasting impact on wildlife conservation – for now and for years to come!

Our Mission: Inspire People to Conserve Animals in the Natural World.

Potter Park Zoo

Our Mission

About Our Animals

Potter Park Zoo is home to over 160 species of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered, including Amur tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, bongos and more. Interested in learning more about the animals you'll meet during your trip to the zoo? Check out these animal profiles!

Plan a Visit

Potter Park Zoo is a 58-acre zoo located in the capital city of Lansing, Michigan. With over 500 animal residents there is always something new and exciting to see. From special events to programs for children and adults, the Zoo offers family fun and enrichment year round. Come explore the Zoo and help us celebrate, study, and protect the diversity of animals and their habitats.

Support the Zoo!

Each year thousands of children and adults visit Potter Park Zoo and participate in a variety of educational outreach programs. These programs would not be possible with the generous support of friends like you! Your gifts benefit the Zoo by providing ongoing financial support that ensures the health and well-being of all the animals at the Zoo and provides for education and outreach, conservation, animal welfare programs, and capital improvement projects.

Conservation

Our mission is to inspire people to conserve animals in the natural world. Potter Park Zoo is doing our part to save species around the world through research, education, breeding and release programs and much more.

Upcoming Events

Thousands of lights create extraordinary animal exhibits and holiday displays at the 23rd annual Wonderland of Lights! There will be cookies, crafts and animal encounters for the kids to enjoy!

Become a Member

Are you ready for a full year of wild adventures? Become a Potter Park Zoo member! Members receive free standard admission, discounts at our gift shop, concessions, birthday parties and much more. Best of all, you are making a lasting impact on wildlife conservation – for now and for years to come!

Our Mission: Inspire People to Conserve Animals in the Natural World.

Potter Park Zoo

Our Mission