Springfield Park District's Henson Robinson Zoo is home to animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Visit the zoo and walk through the naturalistic exhibits that house more than 80 species of native and exotic animals. You can stop by the barn and see some of your favorite farm animals and feed the goats. We also have a pond stocked with Koi and other native and exotic fish that you can feed from the dock. Don’t forget to take a ride on the Zoo Choo Train or rest and enjoy an animal program at the amphitheater. There is so much to do and see!


ZOO PASS HOLDER ONLY COOKOUT PARTY, Thursday, August 29th 5-7pm 

You don't want to miss this - It's fun for the whole family and it's FREE for Zoo Pass Holders!!  There will be dinner, train rides, animal encounters and more in this after hours event. Buy your 12 month Zoo Pass today to join us! Follow us on Facebook @HensonRobinsonZoo


FUR, FEATHER, FIN, FALL FLING Saturday, September 28th 10am-2pm 

What does a bear do to prepare for the winter? How many miles does a crane have to fly to migrate? Where do the bees go? What kind of things can I do to help? Join us for this fun and interactive event that guests will learn how animals, plants, and people prepare for the cooler seasons. Special event pricing is $5 for adults and $2 for children.  Follow us on Facebook @HensonRobinsonZoo

2019 Hours of Operation

Winter Hours:

Closed for the Winter November 22, 2018 – March 15, 2019

Reopen March 16, 2019

2019 Season Hours:

March 16 – October 31

Daily: 10am – 5pm


Fall Hours:

November 1 – November 24

Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm


Please visit our Facebook Page for zoo updates and more information on Special Events.



Contact Information:

For Education and Animal Programs contact the Education Curator at ext. 1706.

For the Business Office contact the Business Administrator at ext. 1701.

For all other general operation questions or party rentals call the Zoo Office at ext. 1704.

Admission Rates: 

Adults:                $6.25 

Children (3-12):   $4.50

Seniors (62+):     $4.75

Group rates are available for groups with 10 or more paying individuals. Please call for rates (217)585-1821.

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!

The Henson Robinson Zoo Mission:

To enhance the education of our community to wildlife and its conservation while providing an enjoyable and recreational experience. We shall achieve our mission by providing a variety of educational opportunities that increase the awareness of nature and our environment and by developing naturalistic exhibits that create a greater appreciation for wildlife.

Season Passes to the Zoo:

Join the Wildest Group in Town!

Become a year-round supporter of the Henson Robinson Zoo! Your support will help ensure that the Henson Robinson Zoo will continue to serve the public with quality educational and recreational experiences as well as assisting in conservation efforts through other national organizations.

Your membership also offers a variety of exciting opportunities!

  • Free admission to the zoo year-round.
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 50 zoos and aquariums across the country.
  • Invitations to special members only events and previews of new exhibits.
  • 20% discount at the Henson Robinson Zoo gift shop.
  • Additional benefits for Donors, Patron, President and Lifetime Members.

Membership Levels

  • Individual, $40
  • Family, $65
  • Donor, $100
  • Patron, $150
  • President, $300
  • Lifetime member, $800

For more information or to purchase a membership, please contact the zoo office at (217) 585-1821 ext. 1704.

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