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Bramble Park Zoo, Watertown

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Bramble Park Zoo is located in Watertown, South Dakota. Open since 1912, the zoo comprises 15acre with approximately 500 animals representing 130 different species.Bramble Park Zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) since 1993.HistoryThe zoo was opened in 1912, and is named after Frank Bramble, who donated pheasants and other birds to the town to put on display. By 1940, the zoo had outgrown its original facility, and was moved to its current location. The new exhibits for the zoo were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).In 1972, the Lake Area Zoological Society (LAZS) was created "to provide significant assistance in the growth, development and professionalism of the Zoo." The LAZS puts out a quarterly publication called animal chatter.In the 1990s, the zoo received accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) (1993), hired its first full-time educator (1996), and built the Discovery Center and a new front entrance to the zoo (1997). With money from the city and an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, the zoo also renovated animal-holding areas and other infrastructure, constructed additional raptor rehabilitation areas, and revitalized the primate exhibits.Throughout the first decade of the 21st century,the zoo continued to update and expand its exhibits. It created a walk-through Australian Adventure exhibit and a short grass prairie garden. In May 2010, the Terry Redlin Environmental Center opened, which includes a variety of aquariums, which were donated by Terry Redlin's son. It also includes educational activities, smaller animal exhibits, and two new educational classrooms. The new center is connected to the Discovery Center building at the entrance of the zoo.
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  • The annual pass for a family is by far the best investment for a family with kids, whether you are budget conscious or not. For me it was paid for in 3 visits, which didn't take long. Now we can enjoy...  more »
  • We took the children here after school got out and they thoroughly enjoyed the visit. They have quite a variety of animals considering the size of the town I'd say it's above average. Clean and reason...  more »
  • The Watertown Bramble Park Zoo is a very good value due to its size and amount of animals given its area. When you get to the front parking lot of the zoo you may think; "Well should be out of here in...  more »
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  • For SD zoo's it's good. Not a lot of animals i wasn't impressed having been to much larger zoo's but my 5 year old son loved it especially the petting zoo portion
  • Great scenery and my kids loved the activities though out the zoo!
  • Always improving! A must stop every trip back. Much more than,most would expect for a small SD town.
  • We had a great time!
  • Looking at the animals was great. But be ready to open ur pocket book to get in. Way too expensive.