Blank Park Zoo is a 22-acre (8.9 ha) zoological park on the south side of Des Moines, Iowa near historic Fort Des Moines. The zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only accredited zoo in Iowa.The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural World through conservation, education and recreation.The Blank Park Zoo contains a variety of wildlife in several various exhibits:The Discovery Center is an entirely enclosed area you encounter first when you enter the zoo and contains many different types of animal and plant life.
The Discovery Center itself is broken down into separate sections to create a unique viewing experience:Alpine Cabin - This section of the Discovery Center houses the zoo's Red Panda pair. Cane, the male, was born at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee June 20th, 2002. The female, Kitar, was born at the Wellington Zoo Trust in New Zealand
December 8th, 1999. Both were sent to the Blank Park Zoo in 2009. This is the first area you will encounter when you enter the Discovery Center and was created to look like a cabin high up in the mountains.
The Aquarium of the Discovery Center includes numerous aquatic enviorments from all around the world. A waterfall feature can also be seen above the Amazon River Pool and makes the Discovery Center have a "jungle like" feel.The zoo's cat exhibit opened in 1999 with Snow Leopards, Amur Tigers, & African Lions. Recently, this exhibit got a facelift with new hands on inter-actives and new viewing area rocks.