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The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck

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#1 of 20 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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  • We have traveled to some great zoos but the zoo in Bismarck is one of the best. We are so lucky to have it in our state.  more »
  • I really enjoy visiting this zoo. There is a mixture of native and non native animals with great exhibits. I love taking kids here for the learning opportunities that are provided. I recommend the Dak...  more »
  • Fun time and nice outdoor walking activity. You can enter The Bismarck Zoo from the bike path which is nice access!  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 in the Discovery Center as they are getting outdated and worn out.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.

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