Great Plains Zoo

Out and About with Kali: Week of January 7

Just when you think, ‘there must not be much going on after the holidays,’ Kali Trautman of The Event Company joins us on KDLT News Today with a fun list of events to get you out and about. Wednesday, January 9th –  2019 WILL Summit – Power Up, Brookings Wednesday, January 9th – Yoga Happy Hour, Sioux Falls Thursday, January 10th – Beer On The…

Santa Visits the Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Santa Claus. On Dec. 8th, he visited the Great Plains Zoo for a special event. Breakfast With Santa invites families to visit for food and crafts, including a letter making station. Kids can write a letter to Santa and hand deliver it to Santa himself. Of course they can also take…

New Bear Exhibit Opens at Great Plains Zoo

There are four new furry creatures waiting for visitors to see them at the Great Plains Zoo. On June 23rd the Fortress of the Bears Exhibit opened featuring four brown bear cubs from southeast Alaska. People can watch them play in their new habitat that includes a pond, meadow and grizzly hill with dig boxes. This is an interactive exhibit….

Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo Closed Saturday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The Great Plains Zoo is among the places closed tomorrow, April 14th, but the zoo says there’s no need to worry about the animals. They’ll have their care team on call. All of them live in Sioux Falls where there is access to snow plows and emergency snow routes.  They also planned ahead with extra meals. Animals will…

Great Plains Zoo Closed Due To Weather

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History are closed due to winter weather. Officials say they’ll reopen on Wednesday, March 7th. More to come. Categories: KDLT News Today, Life, Local News, News Tags: Delbridge Museum of Natural History, Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls

Breakfast with Santa Brings Hundreds to Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Christmas might be a little ways away, but it’s never too early to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. That’s what children and their families did today at the Great Plains Zoo. The annual “Breakfast with Santa” first started out with the kids writing their Christmas wish list. After sharing with Santa whether they were nice…

Great Plains Zoo Releases Great Horned Owl Back Into Wild

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls released a great horned owl back into the wild this morning. The zoo says the owl was initially unable to fly and emaciated when someone first discovered it. Over the past several months the animal care team at the zoo have been working to rebuild the owl’s flight skills….

Endangered Snow Monkey Born At The Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Great Plains Zoo announced today the birth of an endangered Snow Monkey baby. The male baby, born on May 16, is the sixth Snow Monkey born at the Zoo, and is one of 24 endangered species cared for by the Zoo. “The arrival of the Snow Monkey baby is a very significant and exciting birth,”…

Great Plains Zoo Mourns Loss Of Kenai Following Battle With Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Kenai, the Great Plains Zoo’s 23-year-old female Brown Bear, has died following a brief battle with an aggressive cancer, the Great Plains Zoo announced today. The Brown Bear was only six months old when she arrived at the Great Plains Zoo in 1994; she spent her life at the Zoo’s Brown Bear exhibit, most of it…

Great Plains Zoo To Welcome Koalas For Summer 2017

SIOUX FALLS – Two very cute and unusual animals will call the Great Plains Zoo home for the next several months. The Great Plains Zoo announced today that two male Koalas will be on temporary exhibit, available for viewing during the summer of 2017. The two Koalas, Moki and Burra, are on loan from the San Diego Zoo and will…

“Brain Play” Exhibit Opens At Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS – The Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls opened a new, hands-on exhibit today to help keep kids engaged through the winter months. The “Brain Play” exhibit is in the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. It features an augmented reality space where kids can interact with arctic animals and a “STEM” area with building toys and a Lego…

Families Enjoy Annual “Christmas with the Animals” at Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It was a beautiful sunny day, nothing really like Christmas unless you were at the Great Plains Zoo. The zoo welcomed families for their annual “Christmas with the Animals” were zoo-goers were able to watch zookeepers give different kinds of enrichment to animals such as Rhinos, Snow Monkeys, and Bison. Zoo keepers say enrichment is important for the animals because it…