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The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck

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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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  • Great local zoo, this small zoo had a surprisingly wide, The zoo train is a hit with the kids as well as the interactive displays. 
    Great local zoo, this small zoo had a surprisingly wide, The zoo train is a hit with the kids as well as the interactive displays.  more »
  • Family members from ages 5-74 enjoyed the day. The train ride at $5/ ticket is well worth it. I would allow at least half a day with smaller children. 
    Family members from ages 5-74 enjoyed the day. The train ride at $5/ ticket is well worth it. I would allow at least half a day with smaller children.  more »
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  • For a small state this Zoo was awesome. I absolutely loved how the animals were up close & were all out for everyone to see. This Zoo looks small from the outside but is really big. I love the feeling that they are all about the animals rather than profit. Make sure to take quarters cause you can buy pet food for the goats to eat which is so much fun for all ages.
  • Visited from out of town and spent family time at the Dakota Zoo. I'm used to bigger zoos that are very crowded and the animals are 20 feet away. I was expecting to see animals I see at my home zoo; I was wrong. The variety and habitats of the animals is fun and interesting. The zoo was not crowded. My family could wander around at their own pace. The zoo is very well covered by trees which provide shade in many places. The paths are a bit run down, but fine for wheelchairs and strollers. We did not have a map of the zoo which made it confusing to me. My daughter knew her way around and there are info signs periodically to show the exhibit locations. I did not see many food stands that I'm used to in bigger zoos. I think everything is near the entrance. There is a petting zoo at the entrance as well.

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