Hemker Park & Zoo - It's wild fun!

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)

11:30 Watch the penguin feeding

2:00 Giraffe Feeding Encounters ($3.00/person)

4:00 Watch the penguin feeding

This week at the zoo

07/10 Beach Party with the Penguins

Upcoming Events

  • 08/23
    Members only Breakfast
  • 09/12
    Fall Zoo Fest
  • 10/10
    Boo at the Zoo
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Giraffe Feeding Encounters

See what it’s like to stand face-to-face with a giraffe at Hemker Park & Zoo's Giraffe Feeding Station! The feedings take place at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm daily (Weather permitting). Cost: $3.00/person to feed the giraffe. Learn more about these amazing creatures while feeding them!  The feeding station is open during the summer season, weather permitting.


Ticket Prices

Adults: $9.75 plus tax
Seniors (60+): $8.75 plus tax
Children (ages 2-12): $7.75 plus tax
Infants: Free

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Season Passes

Two season pass choices available:

1 adult, 1 child + 10% Off Gift Shop Items
2 Adults, 2 Children + 10% Off Gift Shop Items

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Zoo Camps

Zoo Camp is back for our 2015 Season!

Hang out with animals from around the world and participate in lots of activities.