Animal Poem Contest

Zoos have been inspiring visitors (especially kids) for centuries with the majestic presence of animals and the opportunity to learn more about them and their habitats. Show us your inspiration!

The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park and Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets invites kids aged 5 to 10 to write an animal poem about any animal in the zoo. The winning poem will receive $50 and a specially designed picture poem for display. The poem will also be displayed on the NEW Zoo's website and Facebook page.


  • Email poem to or drop off in the Visitor Center building of the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park by Sunday, September 4, 2016. Contest participants do not need to pay NEW Zoo admission fees to drop off contest entry. 
  • Entries must include the author’s name, age, address, phone number, and an email for his or her adult guardian.
  • Winner will be announced Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

About the NEW Zoo

The NEW Zoo is an always new natural adventure that promotes recreation, education, and conservation through encounters with live animals.

Recreation: Provide entertaining and rewarding family recreation.
Education: Provide well-planned exhibits with an interpretive program which encourages a greater appreciation of the living world.
Conservation: Provide for the propagation of selected endangered species to help ensure their survival.

Call 920-434-7841

Example Poems

The Eagle
Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1809 - 1892

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.


The Crocodile
Lewis Carroll, 1832 - 1898

How doth the little crocodile
     Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
     On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
     How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
     With gently smiling jaws!

Find more animal poem examples here