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Wildlife & Zoos

Discover nature and learn more about your favorite animals with a tour of some of North Dakota’s most popular zoos and wildlife destinations. You’ll find over 125 species of birds, animals, reptiles, and fish at The Dakota Zoo in Bismarck. Fargo is home to a zoo where you can see dozens of endangered species up close. If you’re in Minot, don’t miss the chance to see male bison from Montana and stop by the animal feeding stations to meet and greet giraffes and pelicans.

Many state parks around North Dakota are ideal destinations for wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and spending time in nature. You could plan a day on the trails, sit by the lakes and ponds, or just head off on a wildlife viewing adventure to see some of the native animals, plants, and foliage of the Midwest. Many zoos are within easy reach of other attractions and restaurants, so you can spend the entire day having fun with animals.

Dakota Zoo

Founded in 1961, this AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums)-accredited zoo is located at Sertoma Park in Bismarck, North Dakota. Dakota Zoo features over 125 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish on a 90-acre site. From grizzly bears to prairie dogs to camels (guess what their favorite day is) to a Wilderness Trail, the Dakota Zoo offers plenty of variety for kids and grown-ups alike.

Red River Zoo

Encompassing 33 acres in Fargo, the Red River Zoo is home to several endangered species. Over 300 native and exotic animals from around the world, from 75 different species live in this North Dakota zoo. The zoo staff is dedicated to conservation, while educating its visitors. Enjoy strolling the zoo's beautiful rolling hills, ponds and streams, while admiring the animals.

The newly renovated Wings of the Orient exhibit is open, allowing visitors to walk inside and get close to five species of birds. The fall, winter and spring Zooventures family program is a great way to learn about a featured animal, each month. The zoo is proud to announce the birth of triplet Chinese red pandas, the second set born to the zoo, which is very rare.

Roosevelt Park Zoo

The Roosevelt Park Zoo located in Minot, North Dakota first opened in 1920 with a male bison from Montana. Over the years, the zoo acquired additional animals and added new exhibits. The zoo is Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and strives to conserve and protect the natural world, while educating its visitors. Enjoy feeding the giraffe at the feeding station or try feeding a Pelican. Several zoo keeper presentations are held throughout the day, for visitors to learn more about the animals.