by Jill P

Binder Park Zoo reopens for the season on Thursday, April 13th! Excitement and anticipation fill the zoo as staff and animals alike celebrate the arrival of spring and welcome the public back for the 42nd season. This season promises to be one of the most exciting ever with the unveiling of the African Lion and African Painted Dog exhibits later this spring.


For the entire month of May, Binder Park Zoo members can take advantage of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange program with FREE admission to the Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and the Air Zoo. Visit all locations during May and be entered for a chance to win a season membership to all five attractions – a $200 value.

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photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo


When planning the perfect summer of fun, pick from a full schedule of special events and programs for zoo lovers of every age. Also, be sure to book an overnight in one of the zoo’s African Tented Camps. Families and groups enjoy an unforgettable, authentic experience of spending the night in Wild Africa! Don’t wait too long to make an online reservation. While extra dates have been added for the season, this popular program sells out quickly.

Binder Park Zoo continues a positive trend of growth and change by adding new features and exhibits. Top among these will be the opening of the much-anticipated African Lion exhibit- the number one requested zoo exhibit in the world, as well as the new African Painted Dog exhibit. Both promise to thrill guests and add to the exotic appeal for which Wild Africa is nationally recognized.



Binder Park Zoo’s season runs April 13 – October 8, M-F 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat 9:00 am-6:00 pm and Sun 11:00am-6:00pm. Visit the zoo online at





By | 2017-04-10T17:10:16+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Notable News|Comments Off on Notable News: Binder Park Zoo Opens for Its 42nd Season

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