Take your family for a walk on the wild side, and experience more than 50 wildlife species from around the world in a semi-natural setting. Our Close Encounters program will get you up close and personal. Pet a penguin, feed the birds in our famous Budgie Buddy House, or get close-up with Cookie, our 10-foot boa constrictor.
As part of our mission to educate young and old about the wonders of the animal kingdom, Hemker Park & Zoo is also available to travel to schools, businesses, and homes with fun and fascinating mobile programs, including petting zoos, the Animals Around the World science and geography initiative, and reindeer sleigh rides.
With so much available, whether it’s a family walk around the park, a field trip, birthday party, or other celebration, Hemker Park & Zoo is your stop for fun.
Hours: 10 am- 6:00 pm daily (May 1-October 31)
Daily Happenings at the Zoo:
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Encounters $3.00/person (Weather Permitting*)
11:30 Watch the penguin feeding
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Encounters $3.00/person (Weather Permitting*)
4:00 Watch the penguin feeding
*The feeding station is open during the summer season, weather permitting. Please be aware that our giraffe yard must be very dry to allow the giraffe down to the feeding station so even if it is not raining on the day of your visit, if there was rain a day or two before, it may affect the station being open.