608 W. 17th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449
630 S. Central Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449
Admission is FREE, but donations are always welcome! Come visit and enjoy your time with the animals. Print this map for your visit! Copies are also available at the zoo in the kiosk. Join us on Facebook for zoo updates!
April 1 -
Memorial Day -
Labor Day -
November 1 -
|Large Animal Drive Hours
6:00am - 10:30pm
|Wildwood Park Hours
6:00am - 10:30pm
The Zoo Store will be open during Rotary Winter Wonderland,
The Zoo Store will close that evening and reopen in the spring (date to be determined).
Wildwood Zoo is a USDA-licensed facility. The zoo acquires animals that have been born in captivity from Wisconsin zoos or from licensed dealers. Due to regulations and space limitations, we do not accept animals from the public.
VISION STATEMENT Provide Marshfield and all visitors to Central Wisconsin a natural park environment and family adventure through viewing natural displays of North American animals.The Zoo will be a place to observe and celebrate the diversity of wildlife, educate visitors regarding wildlife survival and habitat preservation, and will emphasize conservation of threatened species.
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Wildwood Zoo is to foster an understanding of our partnership with nature and the environment through animal conservation, education, and recreational opportunities.
1. Please leave pets at home. This includes carrying small dogs through the zoo. They upset the animals and can transmit diseases.
2. Please do not feed the animals. Except for the waterfowl (ducks and geese), our zoo animals are on special diets.
3. Please do not chase or otherwise harass the ducks, geese and swans. These animals are not tame and they may become aggressive if they feel threatened.
4. Please keep off fences and please do not stick arms or fingers through fences. Zoo animals are not pets, they can and will bite if frightened.
5. Please leave bikes and skates outside. As a courtesy to other zoo visitors. Bike racks are located near zoo entrances for your convenience.
Wildwood Zoo is believed to have been established unofficially sometime after 1904. It began when some utility workers began to care for two black bears. In 1910, before a zookeeper was hired, it became the Mayor's job to care for the animals at the zoo. In 1923, Wildwood Park got it's name and the zoo was officially dedicated on July 27th, 1930.
Today, the zoo covers over 60 acres and houses many different animals. It is no longer the Mayor's job to care for the animals. Currently, the zoo has one keeper that cares for all the animals. When the zoo was first established it housed many animals from around the world including zebras and gibbons. More recently, the City of Marshfield decided it would be best to switch and only have animal species that could be found in North America. One of the main reasons for this change was that the zoo is open year-round and a lot of the non-native species could not be on display year-round because they could not take the cold. Today, you can see each of our animals at any time of the year.
Key exhibits include the Kodiak bears, cougars, fox, wolves, and lynx. Black-tailed prairie dogs spring out of the holes in their exhibit to peek at spectators while the great horned owls and bald eagles cautiously observe all of the activity. There are also non-zoo animals such as geese, ducks, swans, muskrats, rabbits & squirrels who make themselves at home on the zoo grounds. The large animal exhibits include bison, elk, white-tailed deer, and wild turkeys. These animals can be observed from the large animal drive, as well as by foot. The zoo also features Sensory Gardens, which includes a wide variety of flowering and non-flowering plants designed to encourage the visitor to experience the senses of sight, sound, smell, and touch in a unique and tranquil setting.
The Wildwood Park Zoological Society works with the City of Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department to continue improvement and expansion of the zoo, which is one of the feature attractions for visitors to the area.