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The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck

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#1 of 23 in Outdoors in North Dakota
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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  • August 13, 2017
    Great zoo to visit with family! We loved the monkeys and feeding all the farm animals! I would recommend this zoo to anyone!!  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Me and a friend took her 2 little boys. It was a nice day. They keep doing up dates to the Bismarck Zoo.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The Dakota Zoo has it all and that is especially true if you are looking for a fun time with children. There is a wonderful playground, good snacks, train rides and best of all many interesting animal...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • May 22, 2017
    I was very impressed with this zoo. It had way more than I expected. Will visit again and the kids loved it.
  • May 30, 2017
    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 in the Discovery Center as they are getting outdated and worn out.
  • January 30, 2017
    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
  • June 13, 2017
    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.

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