Throwback Thursday: Wolves at Potter Park

Wolves were early residents at Potter Park Zoo and have maintained a consistent presence over the years. Aside from their role in Potter Park’s history, the wolf is a testament to the success of animal conservation in the United States and has seen impressive population rebounds in recent years. The arc of the gray wolf […]

Throwback Thursday: Red Pandas at the Zoo

Red pandas have a charming appearance that is difficult to deny, and make compelling ambassadors in the zoo’s conservation efforts to breed endangered animals. This unusual species first arrived at Potter Park Zoo in 1990, and took up residence in the yard across from the snow leopards (now the Pallas cat exhibit). Many visitors had […]

Throwback Thursday: Docents and the Growth of Education Programs at Potter Park

Recognizable by their blue vests, our volunteer educators (or docents, as they have been known for much of their 35-year history) are passionate about interacting with guests of all ages. Through countless hours of time and expertise, they have furthered our mission to promote conservation goals and inspire connections between wildlife and the community. By […]

Throwback Thursday: 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, […]