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Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Evansville Zoological Society, Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Southwest Indiana Chamber.



Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden opens its new animal habitat, the Budgie Walkabout, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in partnership with the City of Evansville’s Mayor Lloyd Winnecke; Evansville Zoological Society; presenting donor Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Southwest Indiana Chamber. The Budgie Walkabout is an outdoor walk-through aviary, home to nearly 300 brightly colored Australian birds. Entry into the aviary is free with regular Zoo admission, and guests may purchase feed sticks (2 tokens per feed stick) to enhance their experience.

The Budgie Walkabout is the final project from the Zoo’s first set of capital developments, which includes the Engelbrecht Carousel and Koch Family Event Lodge. The Evansville Zoological Society has launched its second round of fund development for the Zoo’s next endeavor, Penguins of Patagonia.


Friday, May 17, 2019, 10:00AM, CDT


Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, 1545 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, Indiana. Complimentary shuttle service from the Zoo parking lot to the ribbon cutting site is provided for the news media.




About Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden

Established in 1928, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden (AZA-accredited) is situated on 45-scenic acres of rolling hills and is home to hundreds of animals from around the globe. Thousands of exotic and regional botanic species adorn hillsides and animal habitats throughout the Zoo. The Zoo, which hosts over 186,000 visitors annually, ranks as the number one family attraction in Evansville, Indiana, and is known as Indiana’s first zoo.

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year from 9:00AM – 5:00PM, with last entry at 4:00PM.  Standard admission for adults is $9.50, and $8.50 for children ages three-12.  Children two and under are free. Admission is free for Zoo members.


Zoo’s Mission

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden’s mission is to foster the preservation of the Earth’s diverse species and living systems through an active role in education and conservation in our regional and professional community. We will forge connections between people and the natural world by providing quality experiences that promote understanding and celebrate the rich tapestry of life.


Evansville Zoological Society’s Mission

The mission of the Evansville Zoological Society is to support Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden through leadership, education, fund development, and volunteer services for the benefit of the people, plants and animals it serves.


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