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South America Residents

July 11, 2023

Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) Distribution: Central and South America from southern Belize and Guatemala to northern Argentina Habitat: swamps, forests, grasslands Life History: 6’ – 8’ ft long; 60 – 100lbs.; Median live expectancy: 19.5 years Diet: Ants, termites, soft- bodied grubs, occasional soft fruit Conservation status: Vulnerable (IUCN) Population declining Myrmecophaga tridactyla is locally uncommon…

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South America Habitats and Building Opening

July 11, 2023

The highly anticipated South America habitats and building will open to the public June 22. Building construction for the $1.1 million project was completed as planned in April, funded by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant, the Miller Park Zoological Society, and the Ewing Zoo Foundation. We know everyone will love “Puddles” the Chilean…

A Mob at Miller Park Zoo

June 12, 2023

Miller Park Zoo’s mob of wallabies is the largest in the United States. A mob usually consists of a single male and several females. Our mob has eleven wallabies and two wallaroo. Wallabies, wallaroos, and kangaroos are marsupials or pouched mammals that differ in size. tendons in their legs make it possible for them to…

Mark Your Calendar

May 9, 2023

Endangered Species Day at the Zoo May 20th 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM  This is the last installment of our month-long Party for the Planet celebration. Join us as our Zookeepers give talks about Miller Park Zoo’s effort to save endangered species. Learn about the animals we are specifically helping with by playing a scavenger hunt.…

South America Exhibit Update

May 9, 2023

We are excited to be seeing the progress on the South America exhibit. The Zoo and contractors have completed the punch list. Now we are able to make finishing touches for the animals. Miller Park Zoos newest family members have arrived safely by transport last week. The anteater and pudu are currently in quarantine and…

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Partners for Eighty-Six Years

May 9, 2023

Partners For Eighty-Six Years In March 1887 when the James Miller family sold forty-three acres of land to the City of Bloomington for $17,000 the property was intended to be used as a park. The city paid $12,000 of the purchase price while those living on the city’s southwest side were called upon by subscription…

Who’s Who at the Zoo- Education Manager

May 9, 2023

Hi! My name is Julia Benzel, and I am so excited to be the new Zoo Education Manager! Animal care and conservation education are my passions. I began volunteering as a JZK at Miller Park Zoo in sixth grade. As I aged through the program, presented informal programming, and assisted the Zookeepers with animal care. I began…

What to do? What to do?

April 10, 2023

April 12, 2023 You are cleaning the kitchen and reach for a paper towel and the roll is empty. What to do? Save the cardboard tube and take it to the zoo. You are wrapping presents and have just enough paper to cover your gift. What to do? Save the cardboard tube and take it…

What’s new at the Zoo!

April 3, 2023

Jay Pratte – Miller Park Zoo Director We are very excited to be making progress on the South America exhibit. The pools are in, sand/dig pits are in, and much of the fencing has been installed! We are still on track to have the building and exhibit completed by the end of the month. Our…

Arrivals and Departures

March 8, 2023

Just decades ago, many animals were captured in the wild and moved to zoos. Today, thanks to advances in husbandry, standards of care and successful breeding programs, most zoo animals are born in zoos. Each of these animals has a story that begins with where it was born and includes all the zoos it has…