Forward Progress: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory evolved from a Victoria-era menagerie to become Minnesota’s most visited conservation classroom


Como’s new arrivals: learn how you can support the endangered snow leopards


Give the Perfect Gifts to your Favorite Como Zoo Animals


A Powerful Partnership: Como Friends celebrates 15 years as the fundraising force behind Como Park Zoo and Conservatory


Sparky at 60: Evolving with the times, Minnesota’s most iconic animal ambassador gets ready for a remodel.


Como Friends Impact

Como Friends inspires community generosity, giving Como Park Zoo and Conservatory the extra care and feeding it needs to thrive.

visitors welcomed with free admission in 2016
in new investment since 2000
raised for Como in 2016

What's New

  • Sponsor an Animal

    Be a friend to Como’s animals.

  • Residency Programs

    Area classrooms move to Como for innovative education

  • Ground Level

    Renovating a “rising star” among Japanese gardens

  • Kids for Como

    Kids keep Como thriving and free

  • Planned Giving

    Protect Como for generations to come

  • Cutting-Edge Care for Como’s Animals

    Como Friends make medical miracles possible at Como Zoo

  • Making the case for Como

    Advocacy is a growing part of Como Friends’ mission

  • Orangutan Conservation

    Keeper Megan Elder preserves orangutans near and far