Some of the best things in life are free. Give today to support the memories that take place at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory for the millions who rely on free admission.


Come visit our new Garden Safari Gift kiosk location in the heart of Rosedale Center for unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list.


Two Como zookeepers work to rehabilitate endangered marine mammals with the help of Como Friends’ Conservation Champions program.


Sustaining Members keep fundraising costs low and Como Friends' mission moving forward.


Free Means Free: We asked a few of Como's two million annual visitors what free admission means to them.


SAVING WILD AFRICAN PENGUINS: A Como Zoo Aquatics Keeper brings her Expertise to Wild Penguin Conservation


WHATS NEW?: Gift Ideas from Garden Safari Gifts


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


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 2017
in new investment since 2000
raised for Como in 2017

What's New

  • Donate Today!

    Choose your way to help Como Thrive

  • Residency Programs

    Area classrooms move to Como for innovative education

  • Ground Level

    Renovating a “rising star” among Japanese gardens

  • Shopping at Como

    See what's new at Garden Safari Gifts

  • 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

  • Sponsor an Animal

    Be a friend to Como’s animals.