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Springfield - 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.


Chris Brown

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
Too small. This zoo needs more animals. It's a good place to take young kids to see a few animals but don't plan on spending a whole day there cause it's over fast. I would like to see a reptile house like they use to have

Devyn Plagemann

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Great tome for the kids. Not comparable to St. Louis zoo, but a great time nonetheless

Lori Kolanowski

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
I LOVE small zoos because the animals are close and the people take time to talk with u. The light display for Christmas has been amazing and so beautiful!

Cindy Wood

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Great for the little ones. Small enough to get through within an hour. Lots of little items and areas to rest and take photos.

Tina Watson

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Simple,yet educational local zoo. Grounds are always well kept, prices are reasonable. Great way to spend a couple hours.

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