Deep-rooted community connections and a thoughtful cultural exchange have helped the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden grow.


Now Blooming: The Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory


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


Protecting the Pura Vida: Conserving sloths and other threatened animals in Costa Rica. Keeper Liz discusses her Conservation Champions’ experience supported by Como Friends


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


Your contribution helped build Como Harbor and make possible plenty of other programs and improvements at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory


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.


Make sure you stop by Garden Safari Gifts on your next visit to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. All proceeds help benefit the plants and animals you love at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.


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 2019
in new investment since 2000
raised for Como in 2019

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.