Visit the Zoo

Hours:
October-April: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Zoo will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

May - September: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Zoo Admission:
Children (2 years and under) - Free
Children (3 – 12 years) - $6.00
Adults (13 – 64 years) - $11.00
Senior Citizens (65+ years) - $9.00

Open & Closed exhibits
 
Weather, minor maintenance or animal health issues may cause a change from day to day, so if you are coming to see a specific animal, please call 515-974-2501 in advance to verify it is on exhibit.
 
These exhibits/animals are generally on exhibit everyday:
  • Australia
  • Discovery Center 
  • Bald Eagles
  • Seals & Sea Lions
  • Lemurs
  • Lions
  • Amur Tigers
  • Japanese Macaques
  • Flamingos
  • Penguins
  • Otters
  • King Vulture
  • Gibbons
  • Tortoises (viewable indoors when the weather is cooler)
  • Rhinos (viewable indoors)

The following exhibits/attractions are closed:   

  • Camel Ride is closed after Labor Day. 
  • Carousel Ride
  • Eland (available for viewing during warmer days)
  • Kori Bustards
  • Giraffe
  • Outdoor Aviaries
  • Parakeet Feeding
  • Safari Grill
  • Snow Leopards are off exhibit as we complete an exhibit improvement project.
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Spurred Tortoises
  • Train Ride

Location of Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50315
515-285-4722
GPS Coordinates: latitude: 41.520430, longitude: -93.624638
(Blank Park Zoo is located north of the Highway 5 Bypass and south of Army Post Road.) 

Group Rate and Motor Coach Tours
Available for groups of 20 or more by calling (515) 285-4722 in advance to your visit.

Children (2 years and under) - Free
Children (3 – 12 years) - $4.00
Adults (13– 64 years) - $8.00
Senior Citizens (65+ years) - $6.00
Please click here for the Group Reservation Form.

Strollers & Wheelchairs
For your convenience the following amenities are available:
Wheelchairs - Free
Single Strollers - $5.00
Double Strollers - $7.00
Electric Scooter - $18.00

Wheelchairs and strollers are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Outside Food 
For the safety of the animals, no outside food or drink is allowed in the Zoo. Picnic grounds are available at Blank Park, just north of the parking lot. Concessions inside the Zoo are operated by Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, April 1- Sept 30.