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Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO

Dickerson Park Zoo is a self-guided walking tour with a wide variety of animal exhibits. Learn about more than 500 animals while strolling along the 1.2 miles of paved trails. The zoo is organized geographically with animals from Asia, South America, Australia, Africa and other parts of the world. The Missouri Habitats area features animals native to the Ozarks, including playful otters, white-tailed deer, wolves and black bears. A reptile house, elephants, special events and more provide hours of fun. There’s even a miniature train ride, a gift shop, playground and cafe.

Check out other great features of Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO that you don’t want to miss.

The playground park adjacent to the zoo is a public park operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. The pavilion can be reserved by groups on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental fees are based on the group size and length of reservation. Enjoy the park with your kiddos before or after your zoo visit for an afternoon of fun on the playground.

The Bush Country Cafe serves hot foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken strips, as well as snack foods like nachos and popcorn. Enjoy frozen treats such as soft serve ice cream and sno-cones and soft drinks on hot summer days. The café offers healthy options – carrots and milk – for their “Junior Zookeeper” kids’ meals. Some items may not be available during winter months.

If you’re looking for a quick snack alternative, soft drink and water vending machines are located through the park. The Outpost in “Tropical Asia” is open during the peak summer season to provide an additional snack and drink service for guests. The Safari Trading Company Gift Shop also carries a variety of packaged candy and snacks, ice cream and bottled soft drinks.

The Outback Corral petting zoo features domestic and exotic animals in a protected contact setting. Feed machines are located at the petting zoo and on the Dickerson Lake pavilion. Feed for the animals is available for $1 (1 token). Change machines are available for your convenience at the petting zoo, train station and lake pavilion to convert $1 and $5 to tokens.

From 10 am to 4 pm daily March through October, guests can also feed the giraffes. Giraffe feed is $4 (or 4 tokens) and is available when an attendant is present on the elevated deck. The deck is closed November through February.

Dickerson Park Zoo‘s 55 acres are home to hundreds of animals, representing habitats in Africa, Tropical Asia, South America, Australia and North America. Favorites include: Asian elephants, tigers, giraffes and river otters.

Stand eye-to-eye with giraffes on an elevated feeding/viewing deck; crackers may be purchased to feed these magnificent animals.

The Diversity of Life exhibits showcase reptiles and amphibians from around the world, which share common types of habitats.