About Us


Since 1977, Hemker Park & Zoo in Freeport, MN, has grown from a modest collection of waterfowl into a beloved wildlife attraction boasting more than 50 animal species drawing thousands of visitors each year from throughout Minnesota and beyond.

It all started with a simple dream of Mark Hemker and his wife Joan; to share their passion for animals with others. Since Mark's passing in 2006, the zoo has become a labor of love to honor his legacy. The entire park is carried on in his name by Joan, her four children - Heidi, Jackie, Anne, and Marcus - and their families.

Still entirely a family-run operation, Hemker Park & Zoo continues Mark's mission to enlighten and enrich young and old with the wonders of the animal kingdom.