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February 2022


Dear Friend of the Zoo,

Love is in the air at Miller Park Zoo. Impress your Valentine with special gifts featuring some of your favorite animals!

  • Send your loved one a personalized video message delivered by a Miller Park Zoo animal and their keeper.

  • Show off your warm and fuzzy side by sending a plush of one of Miller Park Zoo's animals, delivered with custom note.

  • Share the love for a full calendar year with an Animal ZooDoption in your Valentine's name.

Whatever you choose, your gift will make your special someone smile and support the over 180 animals that call Miller Park Zoo home. Follow the links below to learn more about our Valentine's Say options or to purchase your Zoodoption online.

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Adopt an Animal
Enjoy free admission every Friday in February at MPZ
Sumatran Tiger at Miller Park Zoo

Species Spotlight: Sumatran Tiger

The Sumatran tiger is native to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia and is the smallest species of tiger. Their average lifespan is 15 years in the wild, but they can live up to 20 years in captivity. Sumatran tigers ambush their prey with their impressive speed – running up to 40 miles per hour in short bursts.

Habitat loss and poaching are the biggest threats to wild Sumatran tigers and they are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN’s Red List The expansion of palm oil plantations has become a major cause of Sumatran tiger’s population decline. Click here to learn more about the problems of palm oil plantations and some solutions courtesy of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

At Miller Park Zoo, Rojo is our resident Sumatran Tiger. Rojo has been at Miller Park Zoo since 2017 and celebrated his 15th birthday on December 5. One of Rojo’s favorite “toys” are actually Christmas trees, so his keepers make sure to give him a few during his birthday month.

Tiger fun fact: One of Miller Park Zoo’s previous Sumatran tiger residents was photographed by Joel Sartore and can be seen on the National Geographic Photo Ark website.



Join us March 5 for the Miller Park Zoo Stampede! Run or walk through historic Miller Park, the Miller Park Zoo, and the surrounding neighborhood during our 5K run, 3K walk/run, or 1/4 mile kids fun run. Stick around after the races for awards.

New this year: our 5K course has been certified so you can chase your PR into spring.

Join the Stampede

Upcoming Events

Free admission EVERY Friday in February

Feb 9 - Active Senior Walk at the Zoo

Take your morning stroll at the zoo! Explore a new area of the zoo each month and learn about the animals who live there.

March 5 - Miller Park Zoo Stampede 5K, 3K, 1/4 mile fun run

Run or walk through Miller Park, the Zoo, and the adjoining neighborhood. This year features a certified 5K course. Bring the whole family and stay for refreshments and awards.

March 7, 8, 10 - Junior Zookeeper Program Informational Meeting

Learn about the JKZ program and receive an application. Attendance at one meeting is mandatory to join the program.

March 9 - Active Senior Walk at the Zoo

Take your morning stroll at the zoo! Explore a new area of the zoo each month and learn about the animals who live there.

March 10 - Miller Park Zoo Volunteer Round-up

Learn about what it takes to volunteer at Miller Park Zoo at this informational meeting.

March 26 - Learn about Butterflies Day

Learn about the butterflies in our area and complete a worksheet for a special prize!

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Purchase an item through our Amazon Wishlist to have it sent directly to the Zoo or purchase something on your own and drop it off in person.

Be sure to set Miller Park Zoo as a your favorite charity in your Amazon Smile account! A portion of every purchase made through Amazon Smile will come directly to the zoo.

Have a specific animal in mind? Click the links below to purchase items for your favorite animal!


Small Mammals





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Join the Zoo!

Become a member at Miller Park Zoo and enjoy your benefits for a full calendar year. Gift memberships are also available and are great for birthdays, anniversaries, or just to show you care!

Benefits include:

  • Unlimited FREE admission
  • Invitation to members only events
  • Reciprocal membership at over 100 AZA zoos and aquariums
  • Discounts on Zootique gift shop purchases and on birthday parties
  • Discounts on education classes (some restrictions apply)
  • Group volunteering opportunities
Become a Member
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A Special THANK YOU to our Digital Sponsor

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Miller Park Zoo

1020 S Morris Ave

Bloomington, IL 61701

(309) 434-2250

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