Dakota Zoo - Bismarck ND
The Dakota Zoo dates back to 1961 when it was originally established as a community zoo. It came into being as a result of the donations and volunteer work of the local community. The zoo has significantly expanded since its establishment but it still remains a self-supported zoo.
If you are in Bismarck ND, visiting the Dakota Zoo should be on your to-do list. Especially if you have kids, they are going to absolutely love the zoo. The zoo is home to a large number of animals, each in its unique habitat. And thanks to the ample security measures, you can get up close to these animals and watch them walk around at a really close range.
The zoo has a huge collection of animals. These include ungulates such as the Bactrian camel, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, reindeer, moose, bison, elk and more. Predators at the zoo include wolves, bears, tigers, snow leopards, cougars and more. The zoo is also home to various varieties of monkeys and birds including eagles. In all, the zoo has around 600 animals from 125 species.
Every year, various events take place at the zoo, providing opportunities for visits and learning. The ‘Breakfast at the Zoo’ for instance lets you enjoy a delicious breakfast in the early hours when most of the animals are highly active and moving around. Occasionally, the zoo will also host beer tasting and wine tasting events for the adults. The expansive outdoor spaces and the fun environment make for the perfect venue for such parties.
The Antler Trading Post is the zoo’s gift shop offering unique souvenirs and gifts. To get your kids a more hands-on learning experience, be sure to visit the Bismarck Tribune Discovery Centre. The centre has a large meeting room, an outdoor play area, animal displays, aquariums and a lot more. The meeting room is also the popular venue for birthday parties, with a rental of $25 per hour. If you are looking for a birthday party venue for your kids, this is an excellent option. Also, be sure to check our home page out for great carpet cleaning deals!
The zoo also offers plenty of other rental spaces to hold meetings, events, group fun activities and more. So if you plan to visit with a large number of friends, family or colleagues, be sure to have your space booked in advance. The best part is that all the money you pay, on entrance tickets and rentals, goes directly to support and sustain the zoo.
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After the Zoo, be sure to check out the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in the city center here! so many amazing things to do in Bismarck year round.