Connecting Wildlife to You!
The Washington Park Zoo is a Northwest Indiana treasure. Located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan since 1928, the Zoo is spread out over 15 acres. Its natural hillside terrain, meandering tree-covered pathways and historical WPA (Works Progress Administration) structures enhance your visit as you discover the wonders of the natural world. The Zoo started as a sanctuary and continues to welcome wildlife in need. Many of the animals who call the Zoo home have been pets that proved to be too wild or were confiscated as illegal and others have suffered injuries that would make life in the wild impossible.
The Washington Park Zoo features over 90 different species of animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia, North America and South America. With a real focus on education, the Zoo has programs for all ages that inspire your knowledge of local, endangered and exotic species. From up-close animal encounters to Zoo Camps, you’re sure to find the perfect program for you, your kids or your class.