Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden
812-435-6143 Fax: 812-435-6140
Indiana's oldest zoo extends over 50 acres and is home to more than 700 animals. Pathways bloom and grow with local and exotic trees and plants. Open 365 days a year. New in 2008 - Amazonia! A walk through the wild expanse of the South American Rainforest! Enclosed, climate controlled to a jungle perfect 78 degrees. Complete with daily rain shower! Animals include howler monkeys, toucans, capeberras, tapir, sting rays and the elusive Queen of the jungle - the jaguar! Enter Zoo through new entrance on Mesker Park Drive. Water park feature in new plaza between the gift shop and cafe.
WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO! July, 2013 - Two Mexican Gray wolf cubs arrived in May - not in the conventional way. They were airflighted to Mesker within hours of their birth at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York to be hand reared by zoo staff for a few weeks then introduced to their foster parents - a male and female pair at Mesker who have successfully raised other orphan pups. The family was introduced in July and are now on exhibit in the wolf habitat area.
Also in July, the zoo received an 8-yr old female Red Panda. She is on display in the Discovery Center. Zoo officials are proud of this acquisition as it is the first time Mesker has been home to a Red Panda. Erik Beck, Operations Director at the zoo, says, “It’s great to have a new species for our visitors to encounter; it’s like opening a window to another part of the world.” Red Pandas are native to the Far East being most prevalent in China and Mongolia. We are told she is quite curious and comical.