World-renowned, Brookfield Zoo inspires guests through extraordinary connections with animals, nature and each other. Set within a 216-acre nature park, the zoo have captivated and educated visitors since 1934. It is home to 2,000+ animal residents and is also an accredited arboretum.
Brookfield Zoo is open every day and welcomes more than two million guests yearly. It is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society and is located on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
Founded by Don Meyer in 1975, Jo-Don Farms is celebrating its 44th anniversary this year, and after several decades of hard work, we are proud to be standing where we are. The company’s longstanding status as a privately-funded zoo allows Jo-Don Farms to accept animals from rescues or police confiscations more readily than a public zoo, but it also means that Jo-Don Farms receives no state or federal funding towards its efforts. Instead, it relies on public support through patronage at our events, and on a team of hard-working employees who have dedicated themselves to the welfare of animals.
Our off-site work continues to connect people from all over the country, with animals from all over the world, year-round. From camel rides at convention centers in Los Angeles, to exotic animal displays at universities in New York, these exhibits keep our animals fed and warm through the winter months.
The Zoo at Jo-Don Farms continues to grow and enhance its family friendly experience with each season. Our animals at Jo-Don Farms are as much a part of our family as the people we work alongside. We greatly appreciate your support and hope you pay us a visit this season. To quote Don, “If you’re not careful, you might learn something.”
The Racine Zoo wants to foster an enlightening and affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature. The Society will provide for the recreation and education of the people, the conservation of wildlife and wild places, and the advancement of science.
Santa’s Village Amusement Park is a family theme and fun park featuring roller coasters, thrill rides, family classics and kid rides, animal attractions & more. New in 2020 is Santa Springs Water Park with interactive water play area and two 300 foot 3-story body slides.