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World Migratory Bird Day 2021

In 1993, Environment for the Americas began a widespread initiative to educate and inspire others about the wonders of bird migrations that take place in the spring and winter of every year. Approximately 1,800 of the 10,000 known bird species are considered migrating species, and upwards of 4 billion birds travel throughout North, Central and […]

Throwback Thursday: Lemurs at the Zoo

Kyna and Madi are Potter Park Zoo’s new ring-tailed lemurs. This mother-daughter pair begins a new era of lemurs at the zoo after thirty years since the first troop arrived in 1988 as a new species at the zoo. That first year they summered on the old Monkey Island and wintered indoors before moving into […]

Throwback Thursday – Kitra the White Tiger

Kitra the white Bengal tiger was a very popular animal during her time on exhibit at Potter Park Zoo, which occurred within the window of 1995 to 2002. A rare and unusual animal with a stunning appearance, Kitra came on three different short-term loans from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. She would spend […]

Throwback Thursday: Vinny the Vulture

The late 1980s brought notable changes to Potter Park, including the renovation of the Feline/Primate House and Tombi the elephant’s relocation to the Indianapolis Zoo. New species were also welcomed in, including a pair of South American king vultures. With black and white pelage and vibrant yellow and orange on their necks and beaks, the […]

Potter Park Zoo Spring Update 2021

On behalf of Potter Park Zoo and the Potter Park Zoological Society, we want to thank you for your unwavering support through this uniquely challenging year. Our dedicated staff rose to the challenge and found new, safe ways to provide excellent care for the animals who call Potter Park Zoo home. Your support and commitment […]

Throwback Thursday: Bighorn Sheep on the Rock Island

  Potter Park’s rock island was built in 1936 under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) –a program instituted by President Franklin Roosevelts to create work and lift the country out of its Depression. Many animals would occupy this space over the years, including a variety of monkey species which summered on the island and wintered […]

Throwback Thursday: Pumpkinfest

Do you ever wonder what would happen if you gave a pumpkin to a porcupine? Or an otter? How about a rhinoceros? For fifteen years, as part of a special enrichment event known as Pumpkinfest, the volunteer Enrichment Team at Potter Park Zoo has done just this! Pumpkinfest is just one of many opportunities we […]