Month: August 2020

Throwback Thursday: The Zoo’s Oldest Building

The oldest building still standing at the zoo was built in 1921. The animal collection was growing in the park, and additional housing was needed. A new animal building – a permanent brick structure, believed to be the current Keepers’ Lounge, was completed at the east end of the zoo. Wolves, raccoons, and a talking parrot […]

Throwback Thursday: The Beginning of Potter Park Zoo

The Park Potter Park was dedicated in 1915, after an agreement was reached between James W. Potter and the City of Lansing for the donation of 58 acres of land for the park. The Lansing State Journal reported the celebration brought out thousands of people to enjoy food, music, speeches and many competitions, including pie-eating, nail […]