Lions at the Zoo

Although construction on the Lion House was not complete until 1930, there were lions at Potter Park Zoo as early as 1924 according to Lansing State Journal articles at the time. These cats have been a familiar sight over the years, residing at Potter Park in each subsequent decade after their arrival. Some of the […]

Throwback Thursday: Fuzz the Tortoise

Fuzz is an Aldabra tortoise who joined Potter Park in the 1970’s and remained at the zoo for 29 years. His purchase was facilitated by a $500 donation to the Friends of the Zoo Society, which was gifted on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police. Due to their generosity, the FOP was given naming rights, […]

Amur Tiger Liya Heading to a New Zoo for Breeding

The Potter Park Zoo team is preparing to say farewell to one of its well-known animal residents. Liya the female Amur tiger is heading to another zoo following a breeding recommendation from the Amur Tiger Species Survival Program (SSP). The SSP program, managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), strives to maintain healthy, […]

Happy Birthday to Jaali the Black Rhino!

Jaali, Potter Park Zoo’s first black rhino calf in its 100-year history, turns one on December 24, 2020! Celebrating Jaali the black rhino’s first birthday means so much to the Potter Park Zoo team, who worked diligently since 2018 to prepare for Doppsee’s first calf. Jaali’s mother Doppsee and father Phineus were first introduced more […]

2020 Gift guide from Potter Park Zoo

It’s not always easy to find that perfect gift for the animal lover in your life. We’ve compiled the ultimate Potter Park Zoo gift guide with tons of options that range from plush toys to a behind the scenes experience with the big cats at the zoo! Gifts That Keep on Giving Potter Park Zoo […]

Throwback Thursday: Mya the Binturong

  Mya the binturong was a popular ambassador animal born at Potter Park Zoo and used in education programs at the zoo and in the community. Teamed with her handler, this unique animal provided engaging learning experiences and raised the awareness of her unusual and fascinating species. Many visitors have never seen or even heard […]

Throwback Thursday: Farmyard Connections

  The farmyard has been a popular stop at the zoo and a link to encounter experiences over the years, offering visitors, especially children, closer contact with animals. These opportunities have come in different spaces in different locations around the zoo. Here is the story of how they all came together.   Big Barn It […]