Mission: Roosevelt Park Zoo strives to provide education, experiences, and knowledge promoting wildlife understanding, conservation, and an intrinsic, personal connection with the natural world.
Vision: We aspire to enthusiastically value, protect, and conserve the natural world.
Be a regional leader and innovator in conservation efforts.
Provide the highest standard of care for the health and well-being of the animals under our supervision.
Present guests with a clean, safe, pleasant, fun and ever-changing atmosphere to help foster appreciation, understanding and respect for all natural things.
Provide the region with engaging and inspirational experiences to spark a passion to preserve the natural world around them.
Create a fun and rewarding place to visit, work, and volunteer.
Offer rewarding and educational experiences the community and staff are proud of.
Educate with the use of “animal ambassadors” to explain different animal species, the complexity of ecosystems, and the various habitats throughout the world.
The Roosevelt Park Zoo was established in 1920 with the first animal being a male bison from Montana. The following year a bear den and zoological building were added to the zoo. During the 1940s through the 1960s, the zoo animal population greatly increased and the area started to look like a zoo.
The flood of '69 caused every bird and animal to be moved from the zoo which led to the redesign of the zoo grounds. The foot bridge, a feline house, and a new bear den were constructed.
Throughout the following years to the present, additions of new animals, new exhibits and the participation in the Species Survival Program have greatly enhanced the zoo.
The Roosevelt Park Zoo is Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. CT
Sunday, Dec 10, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. CT
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