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Potter Park Zoo, Lansing

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Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
The Zoo encompasses over 20 acres and features more than 500 individual animals representing approximately 160 different species. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, we are committed to the preservation of endangered animals and are actively developing strategies that will help protect species and preserve their wild habitats. Through education, conservation, research and recreation, Potter Park Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for students and families.

The Potter Park Zoological Society strives to teach each visitor and participant in educational programs what they can do to conserve animals in the natural world – both world wide and in their own backyard. The Society raises funds by managing the membership program, producing family events, grant writing, conducting educational programs, and coordinating fundraising activities. The Potter Park Zoological Society is a private, 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that supports Potter Park Zoo.
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  • It was one of those rare 70 degree November days and we took a trip to Lansing and thought we would spend a couple of hours at the Potter Park Zoo. It is small but some of the enclosures for the...  more »
  • We had the good fortune to visit this nice little Zoo last weekend. As a lifetime animal lover, I generally prefer smaller zoos. Although they don't have as much as larger zoos, you can usually get closer to the animals. This zoo is set in a beautiful wooded area. There's plenty of parking and even on a Saturday afternoon, it was never crowded, which is a great selling point. Our favorite exhibit was the Tamarinds. Small white topped monkeys with some babies. Adorable, although I didn't get any pictures of them. The otter was a lot of fun too, swimming back and forth to the delight of us all. The lions, although napping through the heat of the day were beautiful. The rhinoceros is a very majestic creature. Exceptionally pleasant day visiting such a nice zoo.
  • Really cool little zoo. Would definitely recommend to anyone that has kids and needs something to do for most of the day. Very nice exhibits. You can bring your own drinks and food which is a huge plus in my books! They keep it up and cleaned. Very nice staff! My daughter loved it.

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