The Binder Park Zoo is located on the southern side of Battle Creek, Michigan in the
Harper Creek area. It is a magnificent zoo that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). It is one of the few zoos in the country that are self supporting non-profits. Their website is: BinderParkZoo.org.
The zoo boasts one of the largest giraffe herds in North America, along with approximately 600 animal specimens of over 140 species. The Binder Park Zoo also has 32 rare and exotic animal exhibits plus 19 domestic animal exhibits.
The Binder Park Zoo attracted 250,000 children and adults in 2008 with total attendance since opening in 1977 of well over six and a half million people. This is a regionally popular zoo, and it is ever improving. The Zoo is an active participant in sixteen AZA Species Survival Programs and manages several other rare and endangered species for conservation.
Of recent, the zoo took an active part in the animal rescue effort for turtles, swans, geese and ducks that were injured by the Enbridge Oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.
The Binder Park Zoo affects the cultural, educational, and financial prosperity of the region by significantly upgrading the quality of life for everyone in the Battle Creek, Calhoun County area, and beyond.
The zoo was voted one of the best day trips and one of the top family attractions in
Michigan by the 1.7 million members of AAA. So when one visits Battle Creek, or comes into Southwest Michigan, and is looking for an excursion for the day, the Binder Park Zoo is a great option.
There are gift shops, restaurants, ice cream stands all creatively interwoven among the many animal exhibits. There is also a petting zoo which includes a playground for kids. So spending a day at the Binder Park Zoo with the family is a must for anyone coming to the area.