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The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck

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Zoo / Aquarium
The Dakota Zoo was founded in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson with the help of a host of dedicated volunteers. The Dakota Zoo opened its gates on June 3, 1961 on 15 acres of developed land, with 75 mammals and 23 birds, and 40,000 visitors passed through the gates that first year. Today, thanks to the continued support of members, visitors, donors and volunteers, the Dakota Zoo has grown to a 90 acre facility housing 600 animals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species and visited by more than 150,000 people each year.
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  • Enjoyed the walking paths and animals. Young children really enjoyed "monkey house". After we walked the course, we took the train ride and covered the grounds once again! Enjoyable day, staff we enco...  more »
  • We had a fabulous afternoon as a family. The zoo is always a wonderful attraction that keeps children interested. There are many places to stop and rest, as well as concessions, and a train ride. The ...  more »
  • I love the zoo I visit often with the kids and as a family of 5, this is one of many great places to visit with kids. they also have great events, gift shop, deli and snack bar, and train rides!!!  more »
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  • Came for a visit to Bismarck from out of town. Great place with beautiful well maintained grounds. Although not the biggest zoo, they definitely make up with quality. Animals which are very active (especially in the winter) and staff is friendly and helpful. The wilderness trail is a nice place to walk too
  • The very concept of a zoo is archaic. It's a prison. The wolves just pace around their small enclosure day after day, trapped in a tiny cage to be oggled at by humans. The bear and large cat enclosures are no better. I don't doubt that the animals are technically treated humanely, but there is no true humanity to be found in a zoo. These animals were taken from their natural lives in the wild and forced into a life within a tiny cage with nothing to look forward to but death. The real animals here are the humans taking pleasure in the enslavement of these innocent creatures of the wild. Also the otters are always sleeping, they're never actually swimming.
  • I love this zoo! Nice wide variety of animals without having to drag kids across a huge space. Has a petting area for donkeys and goats. Also a nice conference room that is available for events.
  • For a small community zoo this is about as nice as you get. There are a wide variety of animals that are viewable.
  • I wasn't expecting much because a lot of locals told me it was nothing fany, but I thought it was fantastic. Exotic and plains animals-- the wire enclosures for the pronghorns/ bison/ deer etc impressed me. They were very expansive. Got some miles in walking around that place, lots to see, only gripe is that the only animal out in the monkey exhibit was the spider-monkeys. Every other enclosure was empty.