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  • Zoo Night at Bright Nights

    Zoo Night at Bright Nights is Dec. 6 and 13 from 5-7:30 p.m. with last admission at 7 p.m. Enjoy a portion of The Zoo lit up with lights, photos with Santa and hot cider. Must have a Bright Nights admission to attend.

  • Give to the animals this Giving Tuesday

    The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center prides itself on the year-round, quality care provided daily to our animal residents, as well as the safe and stable homes we provide to animals in need.

    This #GivingTuesday, we ask you to support our animals, both old and new, with a donation to their continued care. Follow along on our Facebook page this week @TheZOOinForestPark to #MeetYourNewFavorites and learn how your contribution impacts their daily lives.


  • 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. 
The Zoo is closed for the season
and will re-open in spring 2024.
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Zoo News

Forest Park Zoo wins third national award for education programming
November, 9th 2023
SPRINGFIELD – For the third time in as many years, The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center has been nationally recognized for its innovative education programs.
Spooky Safari '23 at The Zoo in Forest Park
October, 19th 2023
The Zoo in Forest Park will host its annual Spooky Safari, presented by M&T Bank, on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brew at The Zoo 2023
July, 3rd 2023
The Zoo in Forest Park hosts their 5th Brew at The Zoo fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 5.
Clint Screechwood "Superb Owl' Fin-owl-ist
January, 27th 2023
Clint Screechwood, a one-eye eastern screech owl, is competing for Superb Owl of the Year in BonusFinder's Superb Owl Awards.
Joan Kagan joins Zoo in Forest Park’s Board of Directors
November, 9th 2022
SPRINGFIELD – At its October meeting, The Zoo in Forest Park’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to add long-time nonprofit leader Joan Kagan to the board.

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