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Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Drive
Battle Creek
MI
49014
Tel: 269 979 1351

Where are we going today?

Kids, did you know that you don't even need to leave Michigan to see animals from all over the world? You just have to head to Binder Park Zoo!

Binder Park Zoo is a family friendly zoo where kids can meet animals up close, as well as learn all about them, their habitats, and conservation - an invaluable lesson.

The zoo, open seasonally from April to October, is where you can meet those tall giraffes, or watch those cheetahs run. There are ancient giants like the tortoise, or the graceful impala running across the plains. 

Kids can watch those cheeky prairie dogs play, or feel the magic of the American Black Bear in person. You might even feel like you've gone down under with the kangaroos!

The Conservation Discovery Center is where you can enjoy interactive activities, as well as live animal exhibits, and for those kids who really want that hands-on fun, the Miller Children's Zoo offers some playtime with those cute domestic animals!

Let's not forget about those amazing birds at Binder Park Zoo - kids, can you spot the iconic bald eagle?

To get from one side of the zoo to the other, you can either enjoy a fun 15 minute walk or take a ride on the Wilderness Tram which will take you into the depths of Africa!

With events throughout the year too, it's no wonder families find themselves heading back to Binder Park Zoo again, and again....after all, it really is a WILD day out!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13.50
  • Children$11.50 (Ages 2-10)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2017

When can we go?

Check the times ahead as they vary on the month!

April to October, with some additional seasonal events

Teachers corner

With cams, Big Zoo lessons, school group field trips and even bringing the zoo to you, there are plenty of ways to enjoy that animal education!.

I'm Hungry!

Beulah's Restaurant is in the center of the zoo, and Kalahari Kitchen is in the African Village. Both are perfect for lunch and grabbing snacks!.

Healthy Eating!

If you want to bring your own picnic, you an only eat using the picnic areas in the zoo parking lot.

Any Top Tips?

You can pick up giraffe feed for $1 at Twiga overlook..

Doing our bit

The zoo is accredited by the AZA, and is home to many Species Survival Plan animals, and they work closely to improve survivability of endangered species.

Need a little extra help?

The zoo is accessible, but ramps have a 600lb capacity, and wheelchairs wider than 29.5" won't be able to board the trams.

Can I get one of those?

Bring that pocket money because the Safari Gift Shop and Zawadi Traders have African inspired souvenirs, as well as animal-themed souvenirs and gifts!.

More information

Parking is FREE, as is the tram to Wild Africa. The Z.O&O Railroad is $2 however, as is a ride on the carousel. .

What people are saying?

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    We were searching for a place to go for a family vacation, we chose this zoo to go on our first family road trip and are so happy with our choice. All the bad reviews lately made us nervous as we were on our way but they were all so wrong. All the animals had great exhibits, the prices were low, and most of the employees were very friendly and helpful. We will be going back next year to hopefully see a lion exhibit that we helped donate too! The giraffe feeding ,nature trail, and carousal was our favorite part :)

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    I love Binder Park Zoo!
    I am soso happy that they have the Cheetahs there and soon to be Lions.
    My last experience there was the best I ever had!
    I recommend going!

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    Worst zoo we've ever visited. Hardly any animals. We walked the half mile to the Wild Africa exhibit and were highly disappointed. All we saw were giraffes. There were no hippos or zebras or lions or anything else worth seeing. Most of their enclosures were empty. Where are all the animals? Anyone that says this is a good zoo really needs to get out more.

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    The animals look sickly and depressed and there were hardly any to see. I was a nature walk with some animals which is NOT what I paid for. It was so focused on making money from trinkets it forgot what people were there to see...the FREAKING ANIMALS! On their African exhibit, they have a giant wooden wall that prevents you from seeing half of their exhibit. I want to see the animals form all the angels possible because they move around, NOT FROM 2 VANTAGE POINTS!!! The Giraffes were the only highlight as they crammed their faces desperately trying...Read More

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    This zoo had such good reviews but it was AWFUL! We drove from Lansing thinking it would be great. We spent $12 for a 3 year old to get in (he slept the entire time!)We could have went to Potter Park Zoo and spent $12 for ALL of us to get in, instead of just one child (there were 3 of em!) All it seemed to be was trails and more trails- hardly any animals. The animals that they did have looked malnourished and sickly. The Wild Africa trail was feeding a giraffe and then walking 3 miles to see a turtle- no Rhinos, Cheetahs, Lions- nothing. The animals...Read More

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by Jared Lee

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The animals look sickly and depressed and there were hardly any to see. I was a nature walk with some animals which is NOT what I paid for. It was so focused on making money from trinkets it forgot what people were there to see...the FREAKING ANIMALS! On their African exhibit, they have a giant wooden wall that prevents you from seeing half of their exhibit. I want to see the animals form all the angels possible because they move around, NOT FROM 2 VANTAGE POINTS!!! The Giraffes were the only highlight as they crammed their faces desperately trying to eat the lettuce.

by Jenna Harris

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This zoo had such good reviews but it was AWFUL! We drove from Lansing thinking it would be great. We spent $12 for a 3 year old to get in (he slept the entire time!)We could have went to Potter Park Zoo and spent $12 for ALL of us to get in, instead of just one child (there were 3 of em!) All it seemed to be was trails and more trails- hardly any animals. The animals that they did have looked malnourished and sickly. The Wild Africa trail was feeding a giraffe and then walking 3 miles to see a turtle- no Rhinos, Cheetahs, Lions- nothing. The animals that we saw were animals we could see in our back yard (bunnies, goats, horses, llamas) We expected to see penguins, gorillas, hyenas, leopards- Anything! We won't be back to this zoo ever.

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