Miller Park Zoo
This 5k run, 3k walk, and Fun Run (¼ mile for children 10 and under) is the first on the Lake Run Club (LRC) calendar for the year and is held in historic Miller Park, the surrounding neighborhood and Miller Park Zoo. Proceeds from the 2021 event will be used to expand the Children’s Petting Zoo including the addition of Mule Foot Hogs.
July 31 – Keg Grove, 12 pm – 11 pm
August 7 – White Oak, 3 pm – 9 pm
August 14 – Lil Beaver, 12 pm – 10 pm
August 21 – Destihl, 11 am – 10 pm
Brews at the Zoo morphs into
BREWS FOR THE ZOO
Four local breweries – Destihl, Keg Grove, Lil Beaver and White Oak Brewery – are creating a series of limited edition beers, featuring a Miller Park Zoo animal, and highlighting the zoo’s conservation work. The breweries have chosen animals housed at Miller Park Zoo and, along with the special brews, have created custom labels featuring their animals. The special brews are filling a void left by the popular Brews at the Zoo event, which could not be held this year due the occupancy guidelines in the Illinois Reopening Plan. A portion of the beer sales will be donated to the nonprofit Miller Park Zoological Society.
Miller Park Zoo Stampede 2020
On March 7th the sun was shining and 366 runners and walkers came out for the 23rd annual Miller Park Zoo Stampede. The 5K run, 3K walk and ¼ mile Fun Run took participants through historic Miller Park, the surrounding neighborhood and through a portion of Miller Park Zoo.
Thanks to all who participated. Runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors, Parks Maintenance and Zoo staff made this one of our most successful Stampedes. With your generous support, the event raised over $14,000 for Miller Park Zoo.
Photos by Lewis Marien courtesy of Limited Magazine.
2020 Miller Park Zoo Stampede Sponsors
Our zoo would not be the zoo it is today without the generous support of a caring community of generous donors and friends who support zoo events. Thank you again for your support of Miller Park Zoo and the Zoological Society.
VooDoo At The Zoo Do 2019
A picture-perfect summer evening at the Zoo and the historic Pavilion, provided over 250 guests the opportunity to experience magical traditions of New Orleans while generously supporting Miller Park Zoo. Guests were greeted by the sounds of an up and coming band, DisFUNKtional who played a variety of covers in a brassy funky style. Zookeepers had animals in hand for up-close encounters and the silent auction items in the Katthoefer Animal building had guests bidding enthusiastically.
Led by the band, guests paraded to the Pavilion where dinner was served on the porch and the festivities continued. A beautiful diamond necklace donated by Bremer Jewelry was raffled and guests continued their generosity in live auction bidding. When all was said and done the event raised over $86,000 for our zoo! $22,000 of that was given to fund the purchase of an x-ray machine for the animal hospital putting the X-Ray Campaign close to its goal of $75,000
Over 200 individuals and businesses donated goods and services, sponsored tables and gave generously at Zoo Do this year. This support will make it possible for Miller Park Zoo to sustain its rich history in our region, to expand the visitor experience, to increase educational opportunities and to share its vision for a world where all people respect, value, and conserve wildlife and wild places.
Members Night A Sucess!
There are many reasons to support the Miller Park Zoo. A Zoo membership is one important way, and our recent Members Night event shows that this option not only benefits the residents of our zoo but also comes with some fun benefits to our members.
An annual event, Members Night was held July 18 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Over 650 guests enjoyed animal encounters, zookeeper presentations, food and drinks from seven stations located throughout the Zoo, free carousel rides and face painting by the Zoo Lady. It was a hot summer evening but that didn’t seem to bother our members.
Hats off to those who volunteered that evening to assure the success of the event. It took over 25 hardworking friends of Miller Park Zoo to plan, set up and serve our members. We also want to thank Avanti’s, the Meads Family, Monical’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli, Tarvin’s Culligan Water, the Donut Experiment, Papa John’s Pizza and Beer Nuts for donating food and drinks for the event. Thank you to the Miller Park Zoo staff who worked extra hours to make this a special evening for our members.