Founded by Don Meyer in 1975, Jo-Don Farms is celebrating its 44th anniversary this year, and after several decades of hard work, we are proud to be standing where we are. The company’s longstanding status as a privately-funded zoo allows Jo-Don Farms to accept animals from rescues or police confiscations more readily than a public zoo, but it also means that Jo-Don Farms receives no state or federal funding towards its efforts. Instead, it relies on public support through patronage at our events, and on a team of hard-working employees who have dedicated themselves to the welfare of animals.
Our off-site work continues to connect people from all over the country, with animals from all over the world, year-round. From camel rides at convention centers in Los Angeles, to exotic animal displays at universities in New York, these exhibits keep our animals fed and warm through the winter months.
The Zoo at Jo-Don Farms continues to grow and enhance its family friendly experience with each season. Our animals at Jo-Don Farms are as much a part of our family as the people we work alongside. We greatly appreciate your support and hope you pay us a visit this season. To quote Don, “If you’re not careful, you might learn something.”
The Racine Zoo is a beautiful zoo nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and an independent 501c3 non-profit, the Racine Zoo is committed to serving our community through engaging and educational hands-on programming for children of all ages. From preschool classes to summer camps, and free programming for families like Racine Nature Club and Conservation Nation, the Racine Zoo has the perfect programming for you and your family! Visit us online at www.racinezoo.org to learn more.