Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Como Friends helps preserve Como Park Zoo & Conservatory as an equal opportunity oasis that belongs to and welcomes everyone.


After years of dreaming, designing and digging, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s new seals and sea lions habitat opened to the public on June 3.


Chrysanthemums have been the stars of Como’s fall flower show for nearly a century. But the long history of this hearty autumn bloomer goes back much farther.


From every direction, Como’s exterior gardens are designed to give visitors a warm welcome.


Garden Safari Gifts is committed to conservation-minded product choices which now includes Eco plush made from recycled materials. Garden Safari Gifts is Open Monday through Sunday, 10 am. – 4 pm. Reservations are required.


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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With furry new faces and falling temperatures, fall is a busy season at Como Zoo


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.