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The Henson Robinson Zoo

1100 East Lake Drive

The Henson Robinson Zoo began as just a dream of a prominent Springfield citizen by the name of Henson C. Robinson. In 1967, a tract of land was donated to the Springfield Park District by the city of Springfield to fulfill his dream. Construction of the zoo began in 1968 and on August 29, 1970, the Henson Robinson Zoo was officially opened. Over the years, the zoo has grown and expanded with the addition of several new animals as well as exhibits.

The zoo is now home to animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. The zoo participates in scientific research studies and conservation efforts in addition to providing a fun and educational environment for people of all ages.

Henson Robinson Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA is America's leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums and accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous, professional standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. As a member of AZA, Henson Robinson Zoo joins more than 200 other accredited zoos and aquariums in building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement.

The zoo's mission is to enhance the education of our community to wildlife and its conservation while providing an enjoyable and recreational experience.


Michael Thompson

Friday, June 8, 2018
Been coming here for years and this place hasn’t changed much. I’ve visited several other small park zoos and they blow Henson Robinson Zoo out of the water. Exhibits really need to be upgraded! The old wood needs replaced. All the open space really could help expand or add new updated exhibits. Prices are about average with the other zoos but HRZ has less to offer. The water in exhibits needs to be cleaned more often and changed. The goats are getting old and appear to be in the latter parts of there life. Really feel they could provide a better experience if they took the time and effort.

Jeanie Rathgeber

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Great smaller zoo to take little ones or for a quick visit. I took 3 little ones through in about 2 hours. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

Jacob D

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Hardly any animals left. I went there younger with my family so I decided to take my kids. Nothing like it used to be. Save your money!

Donna Aschenbrenner

Monday, May 21, 2018
Congratulation to Adriana Bartolomucci for her internship & dedication to all things great & small. Thank you Henson Robinson Zoo for this educational opportunity.

Nita Imel

Monday, May 7, 2018
What we could see was nice. Unfortunately too many animals were still put away for the winter even though the temperature was in the 80s.

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