Experience

Here at Hemker Park & Zoo, you can do more than just visit. Experience the wonder that comes from meeting a rhino, feeding a giraffe, petting a penguin, or being eye-to-eye with a budgie. Our close encounters and daily happenings are in addition to your main zoo ticket, so plan ahead because you won’t want to miss out on these special experiences!

Daily Happenings

You never know who you’ll see up close at Hemker Park & Zoo! Be sure to keep an eye on our Daily Happenings schedule, and purchase your additional tickets in advance.

Schedule & Pricing

  • Giraffe Feeding
    Price Per Person: $5:00
    11:00, 2:00, 4:00
  • Otter Feeding
    Price Per Person: $6:00
    12:00, 3:00
  • Rhino Feeding
    Price Per Person: $20.00
    12:30, 3:30

Meet the Animals

We won't give them all away, but here are just a few of the fantastic animals we care for at Hemker Park & Zoo—including our beloved Tio, the only Rhino in the state of Minnesota!

Camel

Camel

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Herbivores

Lynx

Flamingo

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Omnivores

Monkey

Buff-Cheeked Gibbon

STATUS IN THE WILD
Declining Populations

DIET
Omnivores

Otters

Otters

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Carnivores

Rhino

Rhino

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Herbivores

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Herbivores

A Legacy of Love

What began as Mark & Joan Hemker's simple dream in 1977 has grown to give families up close access to more than 50 different species from around the globe. Now operated by their children and families, Hemker Park & Zoo is an inviting and educational activity that will not disappoint.