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Wildlife and Zoos in South Dakota

Visit the DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives in western South Dakota. Set in Spearfish and you will see a hatchery where up to 30,000 rainbow trout are produces every year. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Spearfish National Fish Hatchery features several attractions to see during your visit, including the Von Bayer Museum of Fish Culture, the Collection Management Facility, and the Booth House.

Take a trip to Sioux Falls and you can visit the Great Plains Zoo. Spread out over 45 acres, this zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals, as well as the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Stroll the Great Plains Zoo to see the baby rhino in the "Rare Rhinos of Africa" exhibit or close to a six-horn sheep in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm. The zoo also features kids' ZooClub classes that include animal encounters, arts and crafts, and stories.

DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

A U.S. Historic District, the DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives is located on 10 acres in western South Dakota. Set in Spearfish, the hatchery was established in 1896, and today is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery is also known as the Spearfish Fisheries Center, Spearfish Fisheries Complex, and the Spearfish National Fish Hatchery.

The hatchery produces 20,000 to 30,000 rainbow trout annually, while the grounds feature the Von Bayer Museum of Fish Culture, the Collection Management Facility, and the Booth House.

Great Plains Zoo

Located on 45 acres, the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls is home to more than 1,000 animals, as well as the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, this South Dakota zoo aims to educate its visitors, as well as focus on conservation efforts.

Visit the zoo to see the new baby rhino in the "Rare Rhinos of Africa" exhibit or get up close to a six-horn sheep in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm. The zoo offers kids' ZooCub classes that include animal encounters, crafts and stories. Stroll the museum to view the rare collection of 150 animal exhibits.