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CLIMB FOR THE LIONS - Please check out and support what one 11 year old girl did to help the Zoo raise money for a new lion exhibit!


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Online Donation – Click the "Donate Now" button to make an online donation of any amount through Binder Park Zoo's web store using your credit or debit card.

Send a Check – Donations of any amount can be submitted to Binder Park Zoo by mail or by stopping by the Zoo office. Checks can be sent to: Binder Park Zoo Attn: Lions, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49014.

Even More Options – There are many other ways to give to Binder Park Zoo including gifts of stock, in-kind donations, etc.  Please contact Diane Thompson at (269) 979-1351 ext. 130 or email to discuss options.


Although known as the king of the jungle, the lion’s main habitat is in fact the African grasslands. Once common in Africa, Asia and parts of Europe, this animal is now a protected species. Lions live in the wild only in remote, undeveloped areas of Africa and India. Numbers are down to an estimated 47,000 from nearly 100,000 in the mid 1990’s, and from nearly 400,000 in 1950! The best hope for the lion’s survival lies in well-managed zoos, national parks and game reserves.

The Binder Park Zoo lion exhibit will include a grassy meadow with a water hole reminiscent of the African plains. The enclosure will include a rock formation, which provides sheltering dens for the animals as well as a close-up viewing blind for visitors to observe the lions face-to-face through a glass wall.

The Lions, Tortoise & Bears...Oh My! Capital Campaign is a $3,000,000 campaign that will position Binder Park Zoo to succeed at a higher level, by increasing our economic impact on the region. Since 1975, Binder Park Zoo has been an important staple for the region’s children and families as a healthy recreational and educational destination. Today’s Binder Park Zoo occupies 433 acres, has approximately 600 animals of over 139 species, and welcomes over 225,000 visitors per year. Binder Park Zoo is one of only five accredited zoos in the state of Michigan, a distinction held in high regard and imperative to our continued success.

The success of the last 41 years warrants a bold plan for the future. The Binder Park Zoo Board of Trustees announced this ambitious plan so that the Zoo will continue to be a destination point for thousands of visitors well into the future. Our goal is to provide citizens and visitors with a top-notch facility of educational, recreational, and memorable experiences, while continuing to make a positive impact on the region. By embarking on this capital campaign, we will protect what has been entrusted to us. These new exhibits, facilities and programs will provide the residents of southwest Michigan with the finest resource possible; and the Zoo will benefit from increased gate sales, helping us become more self-sustaining.

If you would like to show your support, please consider making an online donation. For additional information on how you can be a part of the Lions, Tortoise & Bears...Oh My! Capital Campaign, please contact Diane Thompson at (269) 979-1351 ext. 130 or email



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