Explore Potawatomi Zoo, The Oldest Zoo in Indiana

Family at Potawatomi Zoo.

Would you like to spend a fun-filled day learning about animals native to Indiana and the United States? If so, you’ll love Potawatomi Zoo, which features daily zoo events and more than 400 animals on site. Established in 1902, this popular zoo is the oldest attraction of its type in Indiana.

A point overlooked is that Potawatomi Zoo initially began as a humble duck pond. Today, however, it’s home to many species of animals, some from outside the United States.

If you visit the zoo, be prepared to learn about animals such as:

Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are tiny animals that weigh just three to four ounces each. They’re one of several gliding opossums found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. These creatures glide from tree to tree, using their big toes to help them grip the branches. 

Cotton-Top Tamarins

Native to South America, cotton-top tamarins are generally very easy to recognize. They sport white Mohawks, black faces, and brown backs. These animals live in social groups of up to 15 and are active 10 to 11 hours a day between sunup and sundown. Cotton-top tamarins weigh between 400 and 450 grams. They can be found foraging for fruit and tender vegetation when hungry.

African Servals

Known for their excellent hearing, African servals are medium-sized cats with long, lean bodies and short tails. In the wild, they’re commonly found in savannas. However, these cats must have access to plenty of water.

Servals prefer bush and tall grass regions. They generally feast on rodents and large insects. African servals can weigh up to 60 pounds. Compared to other cats, these interesting feline creatures sport the longest legs relative to the size of their bodies. 


Want to learn more about the American bison, America’s largest land mammal? If so, we recommend the Bison Encounter. During this event, you’ll be allowed to hand-feed these majestic animals and interact with them.

The zoo offers this phenomenal experience on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Only six participants are allowed for each session. Bison feedings commence, whether rain or shine. So, come prepared!

All in all, Potawatomi Zoo offers plenty of fun for everyone. Best of all, it’s just one of the many fun attractions near Main Street Village. If you’d like to call our vibrant community home, contact us. We will gladly arrange a personalized tour so you can see our amazing amenities first hand.

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