Welcome to Friends of the Baraboo Zoo!

Ochsner Park Zoo is one of just five small municipal free zoos in the state of Wisconsin.

The Friends of the Baraboo Zoo, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit established in 1984. Our main purpose is to raise funds to support the betterment of Baraboo’s Zoo, Ochsner’s Park Zoo.

Our dedicated group has raised over $1,000,000.00 through fundraisers and generous donations. These proceeds contribute to improvements and new exhibits at the zoo. Help us support the zoo for future generations to enjoy.


The Baraboo Zoo is beginning a new Docent Class on September 11, 2021.
Would you be interested in learning about our animals and sharing that knowledge with the public and becoming more involved at the zoo? If that sounds interesting to you please contact Phil at pflesch8@earthlink.net or call at 630-709-9876. The class combines in person and online elements and lasts about 6 weeks, with an average of 2 hours per week to complete. We welcome newcomers to our fun and satisfying community of volunteers at the zoo!

Animals at the zoo include…

Canada Lynx, Prairie Dogs, Capuchin Monkeys, Wolves, Llamas, Black Bear, Snowy Owls, Barred Owls, Goats, White-Tail Deer, Arctic Fox, Great Horned Owls, Potbellied Pigs, Beaver, Canada Goose, Ducks, Chickens, River Otters, Miniature Donkey, Sandhill Cranes, Skunk, Bald Eagle, and other ambassador animals including Tortoises, Guinea Pigs, Snakes, Parrots, and Parakeets.

Meet the Animals

Zoo Hours

Open every day of the year.

8:30am-7:30pm SUMMER MAY-SEP
8:30am-5:30pm FALL SEP-OCT
8:30am-3:00pm WINTER NOV-MAR
8:30am-5:30pm SPRING APR-MAY

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