The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center is situated in Forest Park, the beautiful and iconic 735-acre woodland park in the city of Springfield, The Zoo features exotic and native animals representing a large variety of species. The Zoo is dedicated to wildlife education, conservation and rehabilitation. Their Wildlife on Wheels, Close Encounter Guided Tours and Discovery Programs offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults of all age groups and interests. The Zoo allows guests to explore multiple aspects of science while having fun. Zoo Camp, during both winter and summer school vacations, allows children ages 6-13 to explore nature, discover wildlife and meet exotic creatures.
Mayor Sarno states, “PBRM Director Patrick Sullivan and I want to commend the Zoo in Forest Park for their efforts in maintaining a high quality and educational environment that not only is respectful and caring for the diverse animals in their care but also fun for guest of all ages, especially for our children. We had a good meeting with the Forest Park Zoological Society, which governors the zoo, and my administration is looking forward to working together with this nonprofit so that our beautiful Forest Park can continue to offer this unique and educational experience for future generations to enjoy.”