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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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  • This is a great zoo for families. There are indoor, educational exhibits, a nice gift shop and refreshment area. The outdoor areas are well marked and there are several picnic areas. The animals are w...  more »
  • We had a very nice little visit to Bramble Zoo when we were in Watertown recently. Nice surprise on a long trip!!  more »
  • Took my grandkids here and what a fun place to go. Spent about 3 hours there. The animals are great and they also have places around for the kids to play...parks or sandboxes. You can have lunch there...  more »
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  • We drove from Sioux Falls and do not regret this at all! Great zoo!
  • Such a nice place to go. I've been going here since I was a little kid!
  • Great day at the zoo had a blast with family
  • Did not have that many animals, to be honest. Entrance fee was rather high, considering what is offered to see. No discount for veterans or seniors, either. Felt disappointed...
  • 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

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