Supporters like you ensure free access to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s natural wonders. Your donation allows future generations the opportunity to attend a Sparky the Sea Lion Show or admire the majestic Sunken Garden.


Take time to smell the flowers this summer at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory!


Garden Safari Gifts is Open Mon-Thurs. from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Fri.-Sun. from 10 am – 6 pm. Reservations are required. Make sure to stop when you are on the one-way path!


Recommended as a breeding pair by the lion species survival plan, Maji and Mumford are making it work.


A Como Friends donor provided the funding to move Como’s new polar bear Nan, from the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois to Como Zoo in January 2021.


Conservation Champion Michelle Hays went to Gabon, bringing home lessons for Como Zoo’s gorilla fans and followers.


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


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Understanding the world’s most elusive cat: keeper Hans reports on his Conservation Champions’ trip supported by Como Friends.


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


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


Como Friends Impact

Como Friends inspires community generosity in support of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory so it thrives for generations to come.

visitors welcomed with free admission in 2020
in new investment since 2000
raised for Como in 2020

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

  • Sparky's New Home

    Your support helped to build Como Harbor and make possible a host of other programs and improvements at Como

  • Sponsor an Animal

    Be a friend to Como’s animals.