The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center is a non-profit organization governed by the Forest Park Zoological Society. Situated in Forest Park, a 735 acre woodland park in Springfield, The Zoo features exotic and native animals representing a large variety of species.

The Zoo is dedicated to wildlife education, conservation and rehabilitation. Our Wildlife on Wheels, Close Encounter Guided Tours and Discovery Programs offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults of all age groups and interests. The Zoo allows guests to explore multiple aspects of science while having fun. Zoo Camp, during both winter and summer school vacations, allows children ages 6-13 to explore nature, discover wildlife and meet exotic creatures.

The Zoo works with wildlife rehabilitators across the country to provide homes to non-releasable wildlife for factors including injury, illness, permanent disability or habituation to humans. The Zoo is currently home to over 225 exotic and native animal residents.

Forest Park Zoological Society

Board Members

  • Nathan Bazinet- Board President
  • Daniel Burack
  • Nunzio Bruno
  • Jeanne Elin
  • Elizabeth Ginter-Healy
  • Theodore Hebert
  • Carol Levine
  • Nancy Piela
  • Barbara Skroback
  • Alison Bartlett-O'Donald, Esq
  • Rebecca Connolly
  • Alfonso Santaniello
  • Richard Greco