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The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck

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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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  • The zoo is within about 10 minutes of the airport and a nice place to spend a few hours before returning the rental car and boarding the flight home. Most animals can tolerate both cold and hot weathe...  more »
  • We decided to stop by on our trip to Yellowstone and were treated to a pleasant surprise! This zoo was much larger than anticipated and includes a great mix of animals. It was a bluebird day so walkin...  more »
  • Excellent family zoo. Friendly staff and easy to observe training session for the animals (Spider Monkeys). Very walkable.  more »
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  • We go to the zoo a lot and kids always enjoy themselves. The membership is well worth it as there is too much to see in one visit. The Zoo Snooze and camps are great.
  • I was very impressed with this zoo. It had way more than I expected. Will visit again and the kids loved it.
  • I love the variety of animals and that there is plenty of space between exhibits. The wilderness trail is great too. I do wish they would update the activities, puzzles, etc. in the Discovery Center as they are getting outdated and worn out.
  • 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
  • ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS ZOO IS THE HABITAT FOR THE ANIMALS IS WAY TOO SMALL!!! IT IS INHUMAIN AND A HORRIBLE LIFE. MAKES ME EXTREMELY SAD AND WONDER HOW ANYONE COULD WORK WITH THEM AS THEY PACE IN THEIR CAGES DUE TO DEPRESSION. IM FROM PHOENIX AZ AND IT REALLY MAKES ME APPRECIATE THE ZOO WE HAVE IN PHX.