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. The 23-acre zoo is maintained and run by the Potawatomi Zoological Society, while remaining city owned.
The Potawatomi Zoo inspires excellence in education, conservation, and improved animal quality of life.
It is the vision of the Potawatomi Zoological Society:
- To protect and preserve the diversity of species on Earth
- To provide guests with a unique and meaningful animal experience that is memorable, up close, and personal
- To be recognized as a premier regional destination
- To be responsible and respectful of the facilities and resources entrusted to us