Zoo Manager Steve Burns

Wildwood Park and Zoo

Wildwood Zoo provides visitors a family adventure in a natural park environment featuring a wide variety of North American species. The zoo is a place to celebrate the diversity of wildlife, educate visitors about conservation and habitat preservation, while emphasizing the protection of threatened species. 
Our goal is to foster an understanding of our partnership with nature and the environment through animal conservation, education, and recreational opportunities.

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Wildwood Zoo is free and open to the public, but we do appreciate any donations we receive from our guests! Donations can be given at the collection boxes at any of the zoo's entrances.

Spring (April 1st-Memorial Day):  7:30 am-6:00 pm
Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day):  7:30 am-7:30 pm

Fall (Labor Day-October 31st):  7:30 am-6:00 pm
Winter (November 1st-March 31st):  7:30 am-2:30 pm
 Bear Headshot
Large Animal Drive:  6:00 am-10:30 pm year round
Wildwood Park:  6:00 am-10:30 pm year round

*The zoo is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.*

Welcome Center
Completed in the fall of 2019, our Welcome Center has lots to offer the entire family!  Key features include:
  • Interactive Water Table and Electricity Model 
  • Several new animal species including snakes, lizards, turtles, and salamanders-Oh My!  
  • A peek into the Cougar Behind-the-Scenes
  • Honeybee Exhibit 
  • New ADA accessible Restrooms
  • Zoo Map and additional zoo information
 Water Table

Sensory Resources
For our guests with sensory processing needs, Wildwood Zoo has partnered with KultureCity to help provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests.  One in six individuals across the United States has a sensory need and we aim to raise awareness of the needs of those individuals by supplying our staff with continued training and by offering the resources to our guests that can be found here.  

Wheelchair Rental
We have two wheelchairs available at no cost for use. You may ask any of our friendly staff members for a wheelchair or make a request in advance by contacting the Parks & Recreation office at 715-384-4642.

Basic Rules
Here at Wildwood Park & Zoo, we love sharing our passion for animals and conservation with all of our visitors! To ensure the best possible experience for both our guests and our animals, we ask that you:
  • Do not bring pets into the zoo-they can upset the animals and transmit diseases (service animals are welcome!) 
  • Do not feed the animals-our animals are on special, veterinarian formulated diets 
  • Leave your bike or skates by the bike rack near the entrances as a courtesy to other guests
  • Keep off fences and do not stick arms or fingers through barriers to protect yourselves and our animals
  • Do not harass or chase the ducks and geese-they are not tame and may act aggressively if threatened