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Our History

Originally called the South Bend Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo began as a modest duck pond in Leeper Park in 1902. As the oldest zoo in Indiana, we are rich in history.
View the Potawatomi Zoo’s Master Plan.
View the Potawatomi Zoo’s Economic Impact Study.
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Our History

Originally called the South Bend Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo began as a modest duck pond in Leeper Park in 1902. As the oldest zoo in Indiana, we are rich in history.
View the Potawatomi Zoo’s Master Plan.
View the Potawatomi Zoo’s Economic Impact Study.
Learn More

Zoo Careers

Thank you for your interest in Zoo employment opportunities! By checking this site often, you can learn more about the Zoo and what we have to offer!

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Zoo Careers

Thank you for your interest in Zoo employment opportunities! By checking this site often, you can learn more about the Zoo and what we have to offer!

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Internship

Continue your education with Potawatomi Zoo! We offer internships in several departments throughout the year.

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Internship

Continue your education with Potawatomi Zoo! We offer internships in several departments throughout the year.

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Donation Requests

The Potawatomi Zoo will consider donating one-day admission passes or a family membership to qualifying non-profit organizations to be used as prizes or auction items for events or fundraising activities. To request a ticket donation from the Potawatomi Zoo, please review and follow our donation request guidelines. We will read all requests and consider each on an individual basis; however, not all requests can be fulfilled. Accepting a request does not guarantee it will be fulfilled the following year.

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Department Directory

Zoo Main Reception – 574.235.9800

Birthday Parties – 574.235.7621

Concessions – 574.235.5614

Corporate Events/Picnics – 574.245.6163

Development – 574.288.4639

Education – 574.235.7621

Guest Services – 574.235.7620

Gift Shop – 574.235.5615

Marketing – 574.235.7576

Membership – 574.235.7651

News Media – 574.235.7576

Special Events – 574.245.6163

Volunteers/Internships – 574.235.7621

Zoo Main Reception – 574.235.9800

Birthday Parties – 574.235.7621

Concessions – 574.235.5614

Corporate Events/Picnics – 574.245.6163

Development – 574.288.4639

Education – 574.235.7621

Guest Services – 574.235.7620

Gift Shop – 574.235.5615

Marketing – 574.235.7576

Membership – 574.235.7651

News Media – 574.235.7576

Special Events – 574.245.6163

Volunteers/Internships – 574.235.7621

Our Address
Potawatomi Zoo
500 S. Greenlawn
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574.235.9800
Fax: 574.235.9080
Potawatomi Zoological Society
P.O. Box 1764
South Bend, IN 46634
Phone: 574.288.4639
Fax: 574.289.3776
Contact Us

Use the form below to send us an email about general Zoo questions. 

For inquiries regarding picnics and rentals, contact the Special Events coordinator at 574-245-6163 / cmattison@potawatomizoo.org

For inquiries regarding Zoo outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 574-235-7621 / zooeducation@potawatomizoo.org

Please do not submit donation requests through this contact page. Those submitted through the contact page will not be reviewed or rewarded.

Use the form below to send us an email about general Zoo questions.

For inquiries regarding picnics and rentals, contact the Special Events coordinator at 574-245-6163 / cmattison@potawatomizoo.org

For inquiries regarding Zoo outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 574-235-7621 / zooeducation@potawatomizoo.org

Please do not submit donation requests through this contact page. Those submitted through the contact page will not be reviewed or rewarded.