Mika becomes oldest river otter in AZA-accredited facility

If you have visited the Zoo in the last four years, you have probably seen Mika, the North American river otter, sleeping in her exhibit. Unlike Bootie, the other otter that lives at the Children’s Zoo, she isn’t one for dashing around and doing flips in her pool. While she does have her spry moments, she can often be found curled up in her warm den, enjoying the senior life. On December 31st, Mika turned 20 years old, making her the oldest North American river otter living in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility. 20 years is an amazing feat, as the average lifespan of these otters is only 8-9 years in the wild.

Thanks to the increased focus on animal welfare by zoos and aquariums that follow AZA’s strict standards, geriatric care is a growing part of a zookeeper’s job! Many of the animal residents at the Children’s Zoo have called Saginaw their home since the 1990’s! If your family has ever had to take care of an aging cat or dog, you know all about the extra effort that goes into making sure an elderly animal is comfortable. Not only do most of these senior animals require medications to help with aging joints, zookeepers must also be aware of even the slightest changes in their weights or behaviors.

Thanks to the expert staff here at the Children’s Zoo, Mika seems to be enjoying her golden years. With fresh fish and vegetables delivered to her three times per day, many of the staff members wish they could be a retired North American river otter at the Zoo.




Two new male penguins arrive in hopes to breed

The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is excited to announce the arrival of two male African Black-footed penguins! Robben and Bamm-Bamm have traveled all the way from Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York to be paired up with Dewey and Scooter, two of the females who currently reside here at the zoo.

This pairing has been recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of the African Black-footed penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP). Having looked at the genetic lineage of every penguin in every AZA facility, it was decided that these four penguins were destined to meet to help save their species, which is endangered. 

Make sure to stop by the penguin exhibit this summer to give these guys a warm welcome!


A millage proposal for Saginaw County

We are so thankful for the support shown by our community! With your help, we will not only be able to continue the current quality of our animal care and educational programs, but also grow and expand! We are excited to begin planning the big changes we hope to see in the years to come. Make sure to visit our Facebook page often for updates.



Animal Stars is CLOSED

Due to the condition of the Animal Stars building, we regret to inform our visitors that we can no longer allow access to it. The animals have been relocated off exhibit until a solution can be found. We hope to bring our visitors face to face with our scaly, creepy, and crawly friends again soon… stay tuned!


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Penguin Silhouette 

March 28th - October 10*
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily

*Closed April 5th (Easter Sunday)
Plus select dates, November through February.

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
(989) 759-1408 or 


Admission Rates

March 28th - October 10th:  $5

Price above is per person for adults and children age 1 and up.

Infants 11 months and under:  FREE
Children's Zoo Members:  FREE


Thrifty Tuesday:  $3.50 per person (price not valid for Ticketed Special Events) 


Military Discount: $1.50 off admission per person.

In support of our troops, the Zoo is proud to offer Active Duty military and veterans, and their immediate family/direct dependents a discount on admission (with valid military ID)*.

*Active Military discounts are for daytime admission only; not valid during special events or evening fundraisers. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minor dependents, and dependent ages 10 and over must present valid dependent I.D. 


 Purchase a Zoo Membership Today!  Memberships cover admission and rides for one full year!   


Handicap Accessibility

Most of the pathways are paved, allowing easier mobility.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis.

Electronic Convenience Vehicles (Amigos) are available to rent:
$20 Refundable Deposit
$4 for the 1st Hour
$1 per additional 1/2 Hour.



Please call 989-759-1408 to check hours of operation. Snacks and drinks are always available in the Zoo Store.



Train or Carousel:  $1 per person, per ride or $5 per person for an unlimited day pass.

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Service Animals

Certified service animals are allowed to visit the Zoo. The animal must be in good health and have current vaccinations. 

Please be ready to fill out a little paperwork before entering the Zoo with your service animal. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (989) 759-1408. 

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