Everyone loves seeing animals, particularly in the zoo.

Located in Springfield, Mo., the Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W. Norton Rd., Springfield, has a lot to offer visitors of all ages.

“We have more than 600 animals, representing about a 160 different species,” said Melinda Arnold, public relations for the zoo. “Probably number one exhibit with our guests is our giraffe yard, contributing to that popularity would be the elevated viewing and feeding decks that we have, so during the summer our guests are able to purchase crackers from us to feed the giraffes. And you are truly standing eye to eye with them.”

The zoo has five different geographical-themed areas.

“Those represent habitats and animals from South America, Australia, Africa, tropical Asia, and our own Missouri habitats,” she said. “We try to create an atmosphere first of all is very kid friendly, because the majority of our guests are bringing young children. So we have some play areas in the zoo that are designed for kids, we have a water play feature that they can splash around in. then we have a number of very beautiful gardens in the park. So older adults who appreciate gardening or enjoy looking at gardens, will find those attractive to them.”

Admission prices are: $10 for adults and teenagers, $7 for children ages 3-12, children 2 and younger are free and senior rate 60 and older is $7. Hours of operation are seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We do have a petting zoo, that is in our Australia area,” she said. “In there, we have a variety of domestic animals. We are a walk through park. We have a miniature train ride that circles Dickerson Lake.”

For more information, call 417-833-1570.