Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, Byron

#6 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Minnesota
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo are a campground and zoo located in Olmsted County, Minnesota north of the city of Byron, and about 4.5 miles west of Rochester. It houses over 30 species of animals, most of which have injuries that would prevent them from surviving in the wild. All of the animals are native to Minnesota. The zoo is named after Dr. Paul E. Zollman. Most popular animals include a wolf, bald eagle, white-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcat, river otters, bison and a cougar.Oxbow Park is open most of the year, as is Zollman Zoo, with a majority of the animals being visible year round.
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  • Great family destination for a day trip. Petting zoo that is clean, Picnic and camping areas and trails so it is a great place to meet with family and friends with children Historic Mantorville is nea...  more »
  • My ten year old daughter loved this experience. The facility was really nice - beautiful grounds, well kept animal areas, and everything was active/easy to see. My only zoo experience (I hate zoo's) w...  more »
  • Great place to meet friends with kids and spend the day and have a picnic. My kids just love it! The zoo it great, but the addition of the picnic and play area has been amazing. So glad they added it....  more »
  • The animals that you see are from all over Minnesota. Has great fact about them too. You can go camping or tubing down the river. They also have a wonderful play area with fun facts for kids.
  • While this park is very nicely maintained, I have to give it one star for how the rude staff treats the animals. I am by no means a PETA-type animal lover, but I have been raising chickens for 12 years and noticed that the chickens in the farm animal exhibit had no access to water. Both of the hens kept running back and forth frantically seeking the water bowl that was locked inside the coop. It was a hot day and chickens can die very quickly without access to water as they have no natural means of sweating or cooling themselves. I went to the office and of course no one was behind the desk, so finally I knocked on the Staff door for five whole minutes. I could see two staff people inside who kept ignoring me, until finally one angry-looking, young, skinny blond punk came to the door and rolled his eyes when I explained the situation. All he said was that the chickens had been "just fine" in previous days and that "we know how to take care of our animals." He also snottily informed me that there was another "automatic" water fountain in the chicken run, but when I went back again to check, it was not working and the thirsty chickens did not even know it was there: they just kept trying desperately to get into the coop where their water bowl was in plain sight. Why someone would work at a zoo when they don't care about the animals there is beyond me. I hope the poor chickens are still alive, and I hope this insolent dude gets another job. I must also mention that the park was teeming with irresponsible parents and their screaming, destructive, bratty kids who scared the animals and threw rocks at everything that moved, and there were no zoo keepers in sight to make sure the animals (or the kids) were safe. I am sure Dr. Zollman is rolling in his grave. Avoid this place on the weekends and keep your children on leashes.
  • A very small local zoo. Nice and unique playground area. Short hiking trails. Best for families with younger children.
  • This is a very nice little park and zoo. We had about an hour to walk through. It was quite busy but it was laid out so that everyone had plenty of room to move around and see the animals. Everyone was super friendly and it was a great little place to visit!
  • Just a wonderful outing for all ages and abilities. Educational such a fun place to learn. I love the calm environment.

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