Potawatomi Zoo

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Potawatomi Zoo
The Entrance of the Potawatomi Zoo
Date opened 1902[1]
Location South Bend, Indiana, USA
Coordinates 41°40′09.59″N 86°13′04.52″W / 41.6693306°N 86.2179222°W / 41.6693306; -86.2179222
Land area 23 acres (9.3 ha)[1]
Number of animals 400[1]
Memberships AZA[2]
Website www.potawatomizoo.org

The Potawatomi Zoo is a 23-acre (9.3 ha) zoo located in South Bend, Indiana. The zoo is run and maintained by the South Bend Parks and Recreation Department[3] and is one part of Potawatomi Park, which includes a softball diamond, tennis courts, a swimming pool, picnic area, band shell, and Kid's Kingdom Playground. Founded in 1902,[4] the Potawatomi Zoo is Indiana's oldest zoo. It features over 400 animals on 23 acres (9.3 ha) of land, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.[5] The zoo accommodates over 200,000 visitors each year.

History[edit]

The Potawatomi Zoo initially started as a duck pond in 1902. At that time, it was called the South Bend Zoo. It moved locations to Wall Street in South Bend and incorporated a herd of deer. The zoo expanded in 1917 with the addition of buffalo that were placed on a quarter acre of land in Potawatomi Park. The zoo again expanded in 1927 to include 10 acres. A farm barn was built in 1949 to house domesticated animals. This barn still stands as the petting zoo portion of the zoo. [6]

Exhibits[edit]

Animals[edit]

The Potawatomi Zoo is home to over 400 animals. The zoo specialize in large cats, primates, and Australian animals.[7] In 2011, the zoo added a North American river otter exhibit that utilizes a green roof, the first of its kind to be used on any municipal building in the City of South Bend.[8] The latest addition to the zoo was a male baby sichuan takin on March 6,2013. [9]

Gallery[edit]

Potawatomi Zoo Photo Gallery
An Amur Tiger takes a nap at Potawatomi Zoo. 
A White-naped Crane at the Potawatomi Zoo in April 2012. 
An endangered Golden lion tamarin at the Potawatomi Zoo in April 2012. 
North American river otter display opened in 2011. 

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