During its meeting on Tuesday, June 1, the Mesker Park Zoo Advisory Board will vote on a price increase for general admission upon the opening of the zoo's new Penguins of Patagonia exhibit.
The price increases would go into effect when the new Penguins of Patagonia exhibit opens. The zoo says the increase is being proposed due to the added cost and personnel that the new exhibit brings with it.
The proposed admission price increases are:
The zoo notes that a price increase for admission hasn't happened since 2015.
If the Mesker Park Zoo Advisory Board approves the price increase on Tuesday, it must then be approved by the Board of Park Commissioners, which oversees both the Evansville Department of Parks and Recreation and Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Another item on the Mesker Park Zoo Advisory Board's agenda for Tuesday, if approved, would increase the discount from $1 to $2 per general admission ticket for Vanderburgh County residents.
The new Penguins of Patagonia exhibit is expected to open sometime in September 2021.