Baraboo area residents are fortunate to have the Ochsner Park Zoo, one of the few free zoos in Wisconsin. Ochsner Park Zoo, located at the corner of Park and Eighth Streets, first opened in 1926 with two bear cubs and now has over 17 different animal species. The zoo is a USDA-licensed facility that acquires animals that have been born in captivity from Wisconsin zoos or licensed dealers.

The Friends of the Baraboo Zoo (FOBZ), founded in 1984, is a group of local citizens dedicated to enhancing, preserving and promoting the Ochsner Park Zoo. For over 30 years, FOBZ has been an active partner with the City of Baraboo and its Parks and Recreation Commission in making numerous major zoo improvements. Having raised more than $526,000 for previous projects, the group is currently raising funds to build a North American River Otter Exhibit at the zoo.

FOBZ is seeking new members for its 11-member Board of Directors. If you have a love for Baraboo and the Ochsner Park Zoo, interest in helping enhance the zoo’s offerings and a passion for promoting the zoo and raising funds for its major projects, please contact me at 608.477.3767 or

Kandie Beckwith
President, FOBZ

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