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Zoo For All

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 “Zoo for All” program. The review of 2019 applications will begin in early January. 

The Great Plains Zoo’s “Zoo for All” program gives thousands of socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in our community the opportunity to experience all that the Zoo has to offer by offering free or reduced-price admission.
 
We recognize the importance of individuals connecting with nature and animals. To increase access to the Zoo for those who could not otherwise afford to visit, the Zoo will provide free and reduced-price admission through an application process. The Zoo for All program has already accommodated almost $13,000 in free ticket requests this year - but our fund is dry. Can you help revive our wellspring of generosity for those kids who need it the most?

Will you consider making a donation to Zoo for All? Your gift will knock down barriers and help children experience everything the Zoo has to offer.

  • $2,500 supports our free, weekly "Bookworms" Reading Program for a year.
  • $1,000 gives free Zoo admission to 23 families of four. 
  • $500 gives a full day of ZooMobile programs to a poverty level school. 
  • $250 supports six families of four to come visit the Zoo. 
  • $100 allows four kids to come to ZooCamp. 
  • $50 connects a family of five to an amazing Zoo experience. 

Support Zoo For All 

Zoo for All applications can be accessed below for:

  • Individuals and families that are disadvantaged by social, economic and/or a medical hardship ;
  • Nonprofit organizations serving clients that are disadvantaged by social, economic and/or a medical hardship;
  • Charity event ticket requests; and/or
  • Special circumstances.

 
To apply for tickets through our Zoo For All program, please click on a link below which best represents your interests. Please note: Requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis; please submit your application at least eight weeks before your event date or anticipated visit.

If you have questions about the application or process, please contact us at 605-367-8313 ext. 132. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your application. 
 

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor FSioux Falls
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N
  • A really great zoo featuring some exotic species and I liked the focus on conservancy/breeding to preserve species for the rhinos. The safari area's cheetah was awesome to see. During a week day going, it was quite open to walk around and enjoy without too much crowding.

    Joseph H
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world.  The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones.  Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T
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