About Us

Como Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation committed to ensuring Como Park Zoo & Conservatory can welcome the next generation to discover the wonders of our natural world.

Our Mission

A Powerful Partnership

At Como Friends, we inspire community generosity in support of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory so it thrives for generations to come. The successful public/private partnership behind Como Friends has fueled more than 20 years of major improvements at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

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$1,948,637

in private contributions raised to support Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in 2021
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$46,895,514

in new investment at Como since Como Friends’ founding in 2000
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$167 million

in annual economic impact created at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory for the state of Minnesota

Testimonials

Sherri Fonseth-Lais
Community Volunteer, Como Friends Board Member
Testimonials

“As a community volunteer and a veterinarian, I really appreciate the way that Como Friends’ funding allows keepers to care for animals in a way that Como Zoo’s normal budget might not allow.When you consider the fact that Como is a free zoo, fully accredited with the AZA and with some of the most cutting-edge animal care programs around, it says a lot about our donors, our board and our community and how much we all value great animal care.”

 

Sherri Fonseth-Lais
Community Volunteer, Como Friends Board Member
Sen. John Marty
Minnesota State Senator, District 66
Testimonials

“Fewer than one in six Como visitors live in St. Paul, but more than a third of Como’s funding comes from St. Paul taxpayers. It’s a gift from the people of St. Paul to the state of Minnesota and beyond.”

Sen. John Marty
Minnesota State Senator, District 66
What’s New

The Latest Impact & News and Events

New-born animals, gorgeous gardens, and great conservation programs. Check out what your support for Como Friends makes possible at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

Impact & News

    A History of Community Support for Como

    December 28, 2022
    Admission is free. Parking is free. Children are free. Adults are free. Como Zoo is free. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is free. At Como, free means free.

Events

    Event

    Special Access: Supporter Appreciation Events

    Next event: January 29, 2023

    Sneak peeks at Como’s newest attractions, invitations to special access programs, and previews of animal and garden events at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory are our way of saying thank you for supporting Como Friends.

    Special Access events are reserved for donors and members of Como Friends. Make a donation today to join us at our next event!

    To attend, call 651-487-8229, email comomembership@comofriends.org, or fill out the online form.

    Event

    Special Access: Exquisite Orchids

    January 29, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Sneak peeks at Como’s newest attractions, invitations to special access programs, and previews of animal and garden events at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory are our way of saying thank you for supporting Como Friends.

    Special Access events are reserved for donors and members of Como Friends. Make a donation today to join us at our next event!

    To attend, call 651-487-8229 or email comomembership@comofriends.org.

    Event

    Bouquets

    February 23rd, 2023 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

    Please register for the event by February 1, 2023

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