Pritzker Family Children's Zoo

Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo blends expert animal care, interactive learning elements, and tactile experiences to teach visitors of all ages about the interdependency of living things. This kid-friendly home for North American animals lets visitors get nose to nose with red wolves, black bears, North American river otters, and American beavers.


Commitment to Care

Animals may not be visible at all times. To promote positive animal welfare, we provide animals with choices. They can choose to spend time in areas that are out of public view.

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Cinerous vulture in exhibit

Natural Play Spaces

Wild Sapling Play Forest

Wild Sapling Play Forest is a natural play space tucked away in a secluded, woodsy corner of Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo next to the black bear exhibit. Climb a log tower, burrow through an above-ground tunnel of sculpted metal vines, and navigate a zigzagging balance beam interspersed with tree-stump platforms.

Houston Family Play Treehouse

The Houston Family Play Treehouse is an immersive and sensory play space designed for exploration by kids of all abilities. It features a wheelchair-accessible tunnel and enough space for people who use white canes, crutches, and other supports. The entire structure has tactile elements for all children, including those who are blind or have low vision—enabling everyone to have a great time and burn some energy through play.

Giraffes walking through the African savanna

Take Action With Us

Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.

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