Zoo News

Our Zoo Animals and Exhibits Are Always Making Headlines

One of the most exciting things about the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, SD, is we’re always working on innovative projects or welcoming new animals to our exhibits. Through donations from our corporate sponsors and our staff's hard work and dedication, we’re continually working on ways to improve the zoo experience and deliver fun and excitement, whether it’s your first visit or you’re a regular visitor. Check out the latest zoo news below!

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ZooMobile Gets a Fresh New Look

Sammons Financial is one of our biggest community supporters, and their gifts make this new look possible. Keep an eye out for us on the road!
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Capitol Christmas Tree Celebrates Zoo's 60th Anniversary

Preparing the ornaments has been a months-long process, with employees from various teams – including Animal Care, Marketing, Facilities, Education, and Volunteer – working on a wide range of components.

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Zoo Hosts 2nd Annual Creative Creatures Art Show

Curated by Sioux Falls art collective Untitled.10, Creative Creatures brings art out of the gallery and into the zoo. 2023's event will center on nine local artists creating original murals on the large, white wall in the zoo lobby.

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Zoo & BHA Partner with Seeds of Change

SOC is a nonprofit providing immersive, original research experiences in Costa Rica for high school students in grades 9-12.

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Delbridge Museum Closes

Out of an abundance of caution, leaders from the City of Sioux Falls and Great Plains Zoo have agreed to close the museum, while a decision can be made about the future of the animals.

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Zoo Celebrates Penguin Birth

The chick hatched June 16, and has been under close surveillance by GPZ Animal Care and Veterinary teams. Caregivers are pleased with how the chick is progressing and will continue weekly health checkups.

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Red Wolves Born at Great Plains Zoo

The pups were born to parents Camelia and Uyosi, who arrived at GPZ in October from facilities in Washington and Texas. This litter, comprised of two females and four males, is the first for both parents.

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Zoo Breaks Ground on Lion & Meerkat Habitat

This species-specific habitat will provide a dynamic environment for a pride of lions, providing engaging year-round indoor/outdoor public viewing opportunities. It will feature two indoor viewing spaces, a training window, and a kopje rock viewing area, in addition to multiple outdoor yards for the lions.  

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Zoo and Butterfly House Merger

This is the first step towards bringing these two magical experiences together onto one campus for ease and convenience. Meet the new board of directors to oversee the project.
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