Mesker Park Zoo

TMS- Erik Beck

Jul 8, 2020


Mesker Mourning Giraffe Death

Feb 19, 2020

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden is mourning the death of one of its giraffes. 

How Mesker Park Zoo Handles Excessive Heat

Jul 19, 2019
Mareea Thomas / WNIN

Humans aren’t the only ones who need to beat the heat when temperatures soar. Mesker Park Zoo has ways to help its animals when the heat index climbs near 110.

Mesker Park Zoo's Budgie Aviary Now Open

May 17, 2019
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

A housewarming party of sorts Friday morning marked the opening of a new exhibit at Mesker Park Zoo, the Budgie Walkabout.

Winnecke hires from within for new zoo director

Sep 7, 2017

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden has a new leader. 


Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke hired from within, choosing Erik Beck as the zoo’s new executive director.

Beck has worked at the zoo for 22 years and Winnecke says he’s shown strong leadership as director of operations and interim zoo director.

Beck replaces Amos Morris who left the local zoo for a similar position in California.

In a news release, Mayor Winnecke calls Beck “well qualified for the position.” He says Beck will “lead the zoo through a seamless transition.”