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the zoo's opening day has been moved to saturday, april 1. click here to view our operating schedule.

  • Opening Day: Rescheduled to April 1

    The Zoo's opening day and Oz's birthday party has been moved to Saturday, April 1 due to the wintery forecast predicted for this Saturday. Click here to view our operating schedule. 

  • Eggstravaganza presented by M&T Bank

    The Zoo's annual Eggstravaganza presented by M&T Bank is April 8 from 10-4 p.m. Collect goodies along the Bunny Trail, meet the Easter Bunny, do crafts under the tent and dance along to music from DJ Jonny Taylor. 

    Tickets required. Click here to learn more and purchase your tickets. 

  • Zoo Camp Registration Open Now

    Summer Zoo Camp registration is available now. Click here to register your child for camp. 

    Camp is for kids ages 6-13 and offers a chance to explore nature, meet and learn about animal ambassadors, participate in STEAM activities and make new friends!

  • SALE: 2023 Zoo Calendars

    Take advantage of reduced pricing on our 2023 Zoo Calendar which features 13 high-quality photos from Rober Harris Photography. Click here to buy one for you and one for a friend!

  • Wildlife on Wheels Education Programs

    We Bring The Zoo to YOU during our Wildlife on Wheels programs. Learn about a wide variety of species from a Zoo Educator and meet our animals up-close-and-personal. 

    Please reach out to the Education Department here for more information. 

  • Donations

    Do you have fresh produce or meat at home that you would like to donate? 

    Check out our wish list of produce and meat here.

    If you have something to donate, please reach out to Gabry via email at or via phone at 413-733-2251, ext. 304.

  • Sponsor an Animal

    Do you love animals as much as we do? Adopt one (or two) for you or the animal lover in your life! Sponsoring an animal is a great way to support the work we do at The Zoo. Each sponsorship package includes a welcome letter with your animal’s personal story, a fact sheet about the species and two one-day passes for the 2021 season. 
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FPZ Board Member Honored as Difference Maker
March, 30th 2022
To us, Ted Hebert, owner of Teddy Bear Pools & Spas and longtime member of The Zoo’s Board of Directors, has always been a “difference maker.” But last week, Ted officially received this title when he was recognized as one of BusinessWest’s 2022 Difference Makers at a ceremony…
Forest Park Zoo receives second national award for education programming
January, 24th 2022
For the second time in six months, The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center is being recognized for its innovative education programming. Most recently, The Zoo received the 2021 Educational Award of Excellence, presented by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) for its…
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