In the 608: Enjoy some free family fun at Ochsner Park Zoo in Baraboo

BARABOO, Wis. – The Ochsner Park Zoo is one of just five small municipal free zoos in the state of Wisconsin. You’ll find it at the corner of Park Street & Zoo Lane in Baraboo.

The zoo first opened in 1926 with two bear cubs and some deer fawns, and now has over 30 different animal species and sees approximately 40,000 visitors every year.

Ochsner Park Zoo is a USDA licensed facility and a member of the Wisconsin Municipal Zoo Associates.  The majority of their animals are either rehabilitated wildlife that are not able to be released, or rescued from the exotic pet trade.

The zoo also participates in Species Survival Plans (SSP’s), breeding programs that are run by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Ochsner Park Zoo regularly holds educational talks, events, and enrichment programs. It is open all year long and admission is free, though donations are appreciated.

You can follow them on Facebook for the latest Zoo News and fun facts about the animals.