Binder Park Zoo
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Binder Park Zoo
Binder Park Zoo
Date opened 1977
Location Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Coordinates 42°14?47.26?N 85°09?18.08?W / 42.2464611°N 85.1550222°W / 42.2464611; -85.1550222Coordinates: 42°14?47.26?N 85°09?18.08?W / 42.2464611°N 85.1550222°W / 42.2464611; -85.1550222
Land area 433 acres (175 ha)[1]
No. of animals 500[1]
No. of species 140[1]
Memberships AZA,[2]WAZA[3]
Major exhibits Wild Africa

The Binder Park Zoo is a 433-acre (175 ha) zoo that opened in 1977 near Battle Creek, Michigan, in the United States. Binder Park Zoo is one of the largest zoos in Michigan, and features a large array of animals and plants, including the Wild Africa Exhibit. It includes a train, a tram, a carousel, and Wildlife Discovery Theatre.

The Binder Park Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).



Main zoo area

The main zoo area features animal exhibits including prairie dogs, a new snow leopard exhibit with a viewing area and interpretive center inside a yurt, red panda, wild horses, and red kangaroo. Also located in the main zoo is the Miller Children's Zoo, gift shop, Z.O. & O. Railroad station, the Binda Conservation Center, a restaurant, a 0.8-mile (1.3 km) habitat boardwalk called Swamp Adventure, and the new Conservation Carousel.

The Conservation Carousel opened in 2007, and includes various popular zoo animals such as a polar bear, a tiger, and a bronco; the latter paying homage to the nearby Western Michigan University.

The main zoo area used to house cheetahs, but now they were moved to Wild Africa, where they replaced the African wild dogs, who then moved to across from the zoo's Mexican grey wolf exhibit.

The Binder Park Zoo is open from mid-April to mid-October every year.[4]

Miller Children's Zoo

Binder Park Zoo features an award winning exhibit aimed at children in which many of the animals can be interacted with. The children's zoo features goats, llamas, sheep, and other small domestic animals. There is also a small dinosaur area with a large Brachiosaurus sculpture and play areas.[5]

Giraffe feeding in Wild Africa

Wild Africa

The Wild Africa Exhibit is a permanent exhibit featuring giraffes, zebras, ostriches, stork, and antelope. This award winning exhibit allows the animals to roam, cage free, in an 18-acre (7.3 ha), savanna-like setting, very similar to how they might live in the wild. To get a closer view, there is a one way, 0.8-mile (1.3 km) loop that begins and ends in a small African themed village, selling souvenirs and food and beverages. The trail itself is themed to resemble a trail inside an African national park complete with a ranger station and fake poachers. Along the trail there is an opportunity to feed giraffes at the Twiga Overlook. Park visitors view the giraffes from a raised platform that places them at eye level with the animals. Leaves of romaine lettuce that are available for purchase can be placed in the palm of your hand where the giraffes will retrieve them with their 18-inch (460 mm) tongues. Other species are included in savanna settings, and other various, small exhibits. Some of which include African wild dogs, colobus monkeys, black mangabeys, and a forest farm featuring several African domestic animals.

The Wild Africa Exhibit is located away from the main zoo exhibits at the west end, accessible by a free zebra-patterned tram, or a 0.5-mile (0.80 km) walking path.

Special guests

In 2003 two koalas from the San Diego Zoo were brought to Binder Park Zoo along with games and activities with an Australian culture twist.

In 2006, Crunch, a 150-year-old, 165-pound (75 kg) alligator snapping turtle was on exhibit at the Conservation Discovery Center from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The turtle is in the care of the Blackwater Turtle Refuge.

During the summer of 2008, there were numerous births at the zoo to animals that are or have been listed as endangered species. In June 2008, there was the birth of a female snow leopard cub and three trumpeter swan cygnets. This was followed by the August birth of a female addra gazelle.


Each June, the zoo hosts a 5 k run called the Cheetah Chase. Participants can choose between a 5 k run, 5 k walk, or a fun run for those 10 and under. The race course winds through the zoo and offers panoramic views of the African savanna along the way.


  1. ^ a b c "About the Zoo". Binder Park Zoo. Retrieved 2010. 
  2. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". AZA. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ "Animals". Binder Park Zoo. Retrieved 2010. 
  4. ^ "Binder Park Zoo". Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Binder Park Zoo Map". Retrieved . 

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