The Dakota Zoo, located in Bismarck, North Dakota, is the state's largest zoo, home to over 600 animals from around 125 species. Opened in 1961, the zoo stretches across 90 acres of land in Sertoma Park along the banks of the Missouri River. The zoo features a mix of native and exotic animals, including big cats, primates, birds, reptiles, and a host of farm animals.
Visitors at the Dakota Zoo are treated to a unique and educational wildlife experience. Exhibits range from the Primate Discovery Center, featuring monkeys and lemurs, to the Big Cat Complex and Wolf Woods. Children will enjoy the farmyard environment of Fins and Feathers Farm, where they can get up close with domestic animals. The zoo also offers a mini train ride that circles the zoo, providing a fun and comprehensive tour. Frequent special events and educational programs add to the enjoyable visitor experience.
The Dakota Zoo is committed to conservation and education about wildlife. It participates in Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs for several species and contributes to various field conservation initiatives. Additionally, the zoo's education department provides various programs and experiences to promote the importance of biodiversity and teach about the conservation issues faced by many species.
Zoo Size:90 acres
Number of Species on Display:125+
Number of Animals:600+
Key Exhibits:Primate Discovery Center || Big Cat Complex || Wolf Woods || Bear Habitat || North American Aviary || Reptile House || Fins and Feathers Farm || Birds of Prey Complex