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The zoo is now closed for the 2022 season. For unlimited visits during the 2023 season, check out our membership options. Early bird pricing ends dec. 1.

  • Zoo Night at Bright Nights

    Zoo Night at Bright Nights is back for two evenings this holiday season on Wed., Dec. 7 and Wed., Dec. 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. This event is in addition to your Bright Nights experience and a ticket to Bright Night is required to enter Forest Park. Click here to learn more about this festive event.


  • 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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Zoo News
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.
Spooky Safari returned to Forest Park Zoo
November, 2nd 2022
The Zoo hosted its annual Spooky Safari on Saturday, Oct. 29.
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…
Forest Park Zoo’s education director receives national award
September, 24th 2021
Caroline Cay Adams, education director for The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center, received the Janet McCoy Excellence in Public Education Award from the American Association of Zookeepers during a virtual presentation held Aug. 31.
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