Media Advisory: Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Mesker Park Zoo to make special announcement

(June 3, 2019) — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, and Evansville Zoological Society officials will make a special announcement regarding the zoo's future development, Penguins of Patagonia. The announcement will take place at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, 1545 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, Indiana, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. CDT. 

Penguins of Patagonia is the future habitat for up to 20-30 Humboldt penguins. The habitat is designed with distinctive features that will:

  • Result in a naturalistic environment to promote a range of penguin behaviors.
  • Expand and enliven the Zoo’s Entry Plaza and South American exhibits.
  • Create a state-of-the-art animal habitat with sustainable green features for our environment and wildlife.
  • Provide an up-close and engaging animal experience for an estimated 240,000 zoo visitors annually.
  • Offer firsthand education experiences that encourage meaningful personal connections with our natural world.
  • Cultivate quality of place for the Zoo and City of Evansville, attracting new visitors to the region.

Established in 1928, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is situated on 45-scenic acres of rolling hills in Evansville, Indiana. The Zoo is home to hundreds of animals from around the globe and thousands of exotic and regional botanic species. Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden averages over 186,000 visitors annually, and according to Evansville’s Convention & Visitors Bureau is ranked as the number 1 family attraction in Evansville, Indiana. The Zoo is open 365 days a year from 9 am – 5 p.m. CDT. Standard admission for adults is $9.50 and children ages 3-12 are $8.50.  Children age 2 and under are free.  Zoo members are free.

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.