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Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
Miller Park Zoo is a zoo located in Miller Park; a public park in Bloomington, Illinois, United States. It is administered by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Bloomington.HistoryThe first city money was spent for the care of animals in Miller Park in 1891. Although there was at least one deer, there is no definite list of the animals that the first payment supported.The zoo was started when a circus lion cub ended up on a farmer's farm around 1900, and was eventually given to the city of Bloomington. The lion, later named "Big Jim" died on March 26, 1912. After Big Jim's death, funds were raised to construct the Koetthoefer Animal Building by Bloomington architect A. L. Pillsbury. Ground was broken in 1913, and the building was opened to the public in 1914.The first real expansion of the zoo was in 1960 with the construction of the Woodland Wing, which at one time housed two sea lions. In the mid-1970s, the Woodland Wing became the Tropical Rainforest Exhibit, the Animal Building was updated, and the sea lion/otter pools were built.The Entrance Building/Education Center was opened in 1992, the wolf exhibit in 1993, Wallaby Walkabout in 1994, the bald eagle exhibit in 1995, Animals of Asia in 1996, Zoolab in 1999, the Children's Zoo Complex in 2001, and the Tropical Rainforest Exhibit in 2004. These additions more than doubled the size of the zoo.Over the years, the zoo has seen a very wide variety of animals. There have been chimps, lions, a polar bear, moose, mountain lions, black bears, penguins, an elephant, bison, gray wolves, alligators, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, bats, foxes, North American porcupine, raccoons, and many other species.ExhibitsTropical America Rainforest - saki monkeys, scarlet ibis, troupial, saffron, finches, brown basilisk, two-toed sloth, coatimundi, callimico monkeys, agouti, boa and more
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  • The staff always seems friendly and caring at this zoo. This is one case where smaller is better. We were able to see animals being fed and were given information on the animal's behaviors and age by ...  read more »
  • This is a very well kept Zoo. The admission price is very reasonable. The staff is extremely nice. Git to see the seal pick the NFL games for the week. 
  • Not only is the zoo itself a jewel in our town, it's nestled in a wonderful city park full of activities that appeal to all age ranges. 
  • I personally have not been to the zoo, but the mini golf course that is attached is exceptional! It is both cheap and has a great layout!
  • It's a perfect small community zoo with bigger animals than you'd expect! There are lions and sun bears and seals and sea lions. But the coolest was the wallaby area; you just walk in and bam! There are wallabies 2 feet from you in the same space. The sea lion and seal feeding was a lot of fun, and the laughing dogs were a hit with the kiddo too! It won't take all day, but thankfully there is some great playground equipment next door!
  • Small zoo but they have a lot of animals and great variety. Love the wallaby walk thru
  • Basic zoo. Almost bordering on depressing. Wish animals had more room. Staff is really nice and helpful.
  • Really wish people would say better things about this place. Yes it may be a little run down, but they're doing the best they can. If you're looking for a good zoo this or Peoria are great for the area.
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