Zoo and Park Rules

Ingham County Park and Zoo Rules and Regulations

Below are our general rules and regulations for your visit to Potter Park Zoo:

  • We follow current health regulations from the CDC, Ingham County, and the State. Please adhere to local guidelines.
  • Respect federal, state, and local laws, along with government health and safety guidelines.
  • The zoo is smoke-free, including e-cigarettes and vaping.
  • Feel free to bring your own food and drinks, but outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed at ticketed events.
  • Always show respect for barriers and fences – NEVER enter animal habitats.
  • Be kind to our animals; don’t feed, throw items at, shout, or tap on glass enclosures.
  • Disorderly conduct, such as assault or obscenities, is not allowed.
  • Weapons like knives, slingshots, or paintball guns are prohibited.
  • Laser pointers, fireworks, and explosive substances are not allowed.
  • The discharge of firearms is strictly prohibited.
  • Illegal drugs are not allowed on zoo premises.
  • Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and similar items are not permitted within the zoo.
  • Airborne devices like Frisbees and balloons are also not allowed.
  • Please use designated containers for trash and recyclables.
  • Commercial and professional photography must be pre-approved by Potter Park Zoo.
  • Peddling or distributing literature on zoo property is not permitted without authorization.
  • Pets are not allowed on zoo grounds, except for working service animals or those in training as per ADA guidelines.

For a comprehensive list of the Ingham County Park and Zoo Rules and Regulations, please click HERE.

Please email the Zoo at zoocontact@ingham.org or call the Ingham County Parks Department at 517-676-2233 if you have questions. Enjoy your visit!