Contact & About Information
Zollman Zoo & Nature Center: Open Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Oxbow Park: Open Daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking: There is parking at the picnic areas and at the Nature Center/Zollman Zoo.
The Dr. Paul E. Zollman Zoo houses over 30 species of wild animals native to Minnesota. Many of the zoo creatures have physical injuries that have rendered them non-releasable, while others are surplus zoo animals from other facilities. In some cases, animals are purchased from licensed animal facilities with donation funds set aside for such purposes. The zoo is named after Dr. Paul Zollman, DVM, in recognition of his dedication to Olmsted County Parks and for his steadfast belief in compassionate animal care and environmental education.
Oxbow Park offers almost any outdoor enthusiast a chance to pursue his or her favorite activity such as hiking, fishing, camping, picnic areas with a covered shelter and playgrounds for the kids.
View video of Oxbow Park below.
Important Zoo Information:
No food or drink is allowed in the Zoo.
No pets are allowed in the zoo. No dogs except for certified service dogs are allowed in the Zoo.
No bicycles, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, or roller skates are allowed in the Zoo.
Cost: Free (donations encouraged)
Important Park Information:
No bicycles or recreational vehicles are allowed off improved roadway surfaces (blacktop and gravel).
Dogs must be leashed at all times within the designated leashed pet areas and leash length must not be longer than six feet.