Hours of Operation:

April 17th to October 31st, open daily
10 am to 5 pm (last admission at 4:30)*
*regular admission for these days available onsite
 
Join us on April 25th from 1pm to 4pm for 
 Dr. Dolittle Day!
Along with your regular daily admission there will be local veterinary office demonstrating some of the many things that veterinarians do for our furry friends and family members.

Questions?  Contact the Zoo Office at 217-585-1821 ext. 1704

General Information:

The Henson Robinson Zoo began as 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 80 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. Some notable residents of Henson Robinson Zoo are African Penguins, Eurasian Vulture, African Painted Dogs, American Black Bears, Cougars, Spider Monkeys, Langurs, Boa Constrictor, Naked Mole Rats, Lemurs, and so much more!


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