Binder Park Zoo opens for the season on April 12, 2018.
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm
Zoo office hours are 9:00am -4:00pm
General Zoo Admission Rates
Binder Park Zoo Members: FREE (Must show ID) | Military: $1.00 off with ID | AAA Member: 10% off with ID
Beulah’s Restaurant is located in the heart of the east zoo and opens daily 30 minutes after the zoo opens, and closes 30 minutes before the zoo closes.
Kalahari Kitchen is located in the African village plaza. Seasonal hours apply. Please check hours of operation at the admission gate.
The Brass Ring is located inside the Binda Conservation Carousel hall and features ice cream and other snacks and treats.
Food Carts are conveniently located throughout the zoo, each offering a variety of refreshments available to purchase.
Safari Gift Shop is located at the zoo exit and is where you’ll find unique, affordable gifts and apparel for everyone.
Zawadi Traders is located in the African village plaza near the tram station. Explore a collection of genuine African and African- inspired goods for the perfect gift or souvenir.
Visit Binder Park Zoo on any Animal Play Day and witness first hand how our zookeepers keep the animals active and happy. Play Days are a perfect way to see how the animals receive enrichment and to learn more about the animals.
Times and animals are subject to change without notice. Check with the entrance for updates.
Training Day - Saturday, May 12, 2018
Training animals to cooperate in some of their day-to-day care can be fun for the animals as well as the zookeepers. Watch the keepers’ techniques in stimulating the minds & bodies of many monkeys, giraffes, and other busy animals.
Snow leopard - 11:00am
Lemur exhibit - 12:00pm
Watusi / Zebu - 1:00pm
Monkey Valley - 2:00pm
Lions - 3:00pm
Jiggly Gelatin Day - Sunday, May 27, 2018
Watch as the animals dive into yummy, wiggly gelatin molds in order to dig out their favorite treat items. It may surprise you at which animals find gelatin as tasty as you do!
Lemurs - 12:00pm
American Black Bear - 1:00pm
Aldabra Tortoise - 2:00pm
Red-Capped Mangabey - 3:00pm
Red River Hog - 3:30pm
When we have chilly spring/fall weather, some of our temperature sensitive animals, like the giraffe, may be off exhibit when conditions are too cold and/or rainy. We will do our best to post animals off exhibit and any delays at the entrance to the zoo each day. Visitors can call zoo office for updates.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Picnic tables in the pavilions are available to guests on a first-come first-served basis. Pavilions are available for rental if you wish to reserve a space for your corporate picnic, family reunion, or other get-togethers. Picnicking is only allowed in the picnic areas located adjacent to the zoo parking lot. Coolers are not allowed inside the zoo.
Feed the giraffe experience – one lettuce snack*= $2, five lettuce snacks = $8*
* a lettuce snack is a single romaine lettuce serving that has been specially prepared by Animal Care commissary staff. Any other food is strictly prohibited.
Reclassified as a “vulnerable” species by the IUCN in 2016, giraffe have also been added to the SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) list by the Association of Zoo & Aquariums (AZA) to draw attention to their precarious situation in the wild. Proceeds from this experience help fund the care of the Binder Park Zoo giraffe herd.
Binder Park Zoo is a Weapons Free Zone.
No smoking allowed on zoo grounds (includes e-cigarettes).
Mobility Device Policy
Wheelchairs and other devices designed for persons with a mobility impairment (electric powered or manual) are permitted inside the park.
Devices other than a wheelchair or powerchair/scooter, if used for a mobility impairment only, may be allowed into the park upon final approval of zoo personnel. The following devices will not be permitted: unicycles, bicycles, golf carts, gas powered vehicles of any kind, including ATV’s, lawn mowers, go-carts, etc.
There is a maximum speed limit for all mobility devices of 5 miles per hour inside the park. For the safety of our guests, anyone who does not comply with the speed limit or is operating the device unsafely will be asked to leave the zoo.
Any wheelchair or scooter wider than 29 ½ inches will not be able to board the trams to Africa, the carousel, or the ZO&O Railroad. Ramps for all rides have a 600 lb maximum capacity.