Binder Park Zoo, which has grown to be one of the biggest zoos in the country, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo. Used by permission.

The Zoo has undergone many changes and has grown significantly since being established 1975. This Sunday, August 9th, the Zoo will celebrate that 40th Anniversary from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

A detailed schedule is at Binder Park Zoo's website.

The day’s events include a members only pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. (pre-registration required), special gifts for the first 1,000 people that enter the park, birthday cake at the Snow Leopard Yurt at 1 p.m., and 40th anniversary specials in the Zoo’s restaurants. Zoo goers can also sign a giant birthday card on the Snow Leopard Lawn! Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 40th Anniversary themed stage shows and keeper talks scheduled throughout the day.

“It's remarkable to consider what Binder Park Zoo is today, when compared to where we started as a small children's petting Zoo 40 years ago,” says Kari Parker, Binder Park Zoo Marketing Manager. “Today, the Zoo has seen millions of visitors and has been able to have a significant impact in nurturing empathy for wildlife. We’ve participated in saving endangered species and contributed to our local economy.”