Emerson Children's Zoo
Photo from Tracy Wagoner
Photo by Robin Winkelman
See naked mole rats up-close and personal, pet guinea pigs and goats and meet a variety of friendly animals.
Watch a large colony of meerkats of "Lion King" fame. These industrious little animals have a termite mound and an elaborate system of PVC burrows. An active family of fennec foxes, the small foxes with the huge ears, is always fun to watch. Plus, a kangaroo that lives in trees? That's right! The Matschie's tree kangaroo from the mountainous forests of Papua New Guinea is well adapted to life in the trees. These marsupials can climb trees like a cat and are good jumpers just like other kangaroos.
Another part of the fun at the Children's Zoo is a "Just Like Me" play area, where children can imitate their animal friends. Here children can hop through water geysers, as jets of water spurt randomly so they can cool off in summer months. Kids can climb on a giant spider web or dig like an aardvark in a sandbox. They can try to measure up to a llama, grizzly bear, boa constrictor or red-tailed hawk.
A unique feature of the Children's Zoo is the thrill of zooming down a slide through the otter pool with river otters swimming all about. An acrylic see-through chute passes from the lookout above the pool, through the water, to the viewing area below, allowing you to slide past some of the most playful animals in the world. (Children should be under 54").
The indoor space of the Children's Zoo is divided into four themed biome areas: desert, forest, water, and the backyard. Kids can crawl through the Frog Surround to see tree frogs above them, climb about a cool tree house, see moon jellies and a live coral reef, learn how to attract wildlife to their backyards and much more.
Our docents and zookeepers frequently bring out animals like snakes, owls and other birds. They help us learn about these animals by allowing us to see them up-close and to gently feel their skin or feathers.
Children's Zoo Admission
$4.00 per person. Children under two are free. Save with a Safari Pass.
Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. See hours prices and directions for more information.