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Trim-a-Tree at Potter Park Zoo

Looking for a fun outing with family, friends, or the work team while celebrating the season? Sponsor a tree at the zoo! The Trim-a-Tree program is a unique way to support Potter Park Zoo and its mission of inspiring conservation of animals and the natural world this winter season. Enjoy an outing to the zoo […]

Red Panda Cub Naming Contest

Help us name our Red Panda Cub! Potter Park Zoo welcomed a male red panda cub July 21, 2022, to mom Maliah and dad Deagan-Reid. This fuzzy new addition has been learning all the important things that go along with being a red panda and is growing every day. This news is exciting for Potter […]

Potter Park Zoo and Binder Park Zoo Provide Hands-on Experience for MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM) Summer Research Students

Josie Daniel and Hunter Ferchaw, third year Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM) veterinary students, spent this summer conducting research and assisting with clinical zoo cases, under the mentorship of MSU CVM adjunct professors and zoo veterinarians, Dr. Kim Thompson of Binder Park Zoo and Dr. Ronan Eustace of Potter Park Zoo, […]

Binturong Bintlet Naming Contest

Help us name our new bintlets! Potter Park Zoo celebrated Independence Day with the birth of baby bintlets. Thistle, the zoo’s female binturong, gave birth the evening of July 4. This is the first binturong birth at the zoo in over two decades. What is a binturong? Binturongs (Arctictis binturong) are mammals native to south and southeast Asia where […]

Bongo Calf Naming Contest

Potter Park Zoo welcomed a female bongo calf March 8. This is the first bongo birth at the zoo since 2014 and we hope you all have enjoyed watching the bongo family grow and bond this spring. The calf’s parents, Maverick and Uzuri, were paired as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) […]

Potter Park Zoo Participates in Yearly Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Study

A Potter Park Zoo reptile keeper, as well as staff from 16 other Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) accredited zoos met at Big Rock Valley in southwest Michigan (headquarters to the Edward Lowe Foundation) for the annual Eastern Massasauga Species Survival Plan (SSP) week. This yearly meeting, which began May 9, includes an ongoing field study on the population of eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Threatened and declining in number, eastern massasauga rattlesnakes are the focus of […]

Conservation in Action!

Have you ever wanted to get involved in a conservation project but didn’t know how? Check out these Community Science projects you can do in your neighborhood! Birding for Conservation Birds are everywhere! Scientists who study birds are called Ornithologists. Because wild birds are so widespread, it can be hard for ornithologists to study a […]

Say No to Single Use Plastics

Have you ever considered how much plastic you use every day? Think about how many single-use plastics you throw away. Single-use plastics are items like plastic straws, lids, utensils, water bottles, shopping bags, etc. that are only used once then thrown away. Most of these plastics are recyclable, but often they end up in landfills […]