Skip to Main Content

Amur TigerPanthera tigris

Tigers can eat 100 pounds of meat a night. That’s 400 hamburgers! Tigers need a lot of food because they go days between meals. 

Tigers have white spots on the backs of their ears know as “follow me spots”. These markings help tiger cubs locate their mother in the thick, green forest. 

In the 1940s, Amur Tigers were on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 40 individuals surviving in the wild. Thanks to vigorous anti-poaching and conservation efforts, the population recovered and remained stable. This species isn’t out of the woods yet, as poaching and loss of habitat continue to threaten them.  Fewer than 400 Amur Tigers survive in the wild.

Animal Class
Mammal
Diet
Carnivore
Status in Wild
Endangered

Snow LeopardPanthera uncia

Snow Leopards are amazing jumpers; they are able to leap up to 30 feet. Native to the mountains of Central Asia, snow leopards jump onto narrow ledges and barrel down steep slopes as part of a day's hunt.  

Snow Leopards use their thick, furry tails to aid in balancing, much like you would stretch out your arms to balance on a log. Their tail is nearly as long as their body.

The main threat to the Snow Leopard’s survival comes from human actions. Snow leopards are poached for their thick fur and internal organs used in traditional Chinese medicine; they also suffer from habitat and prey loss. Fewer than 7,000 Snow Leopards exist in the wild.

Animal Class
Mammal
Diet
Carnivore
Status in Wild
Endangered

Asian Cats

The Zoo’s Asian Cats exhibit, which opened in 2008, includes panoramic views of Amur Tigers and Snow Leopards. Beautiful pagodas and a working gong round out this popular exhibit located at the front of the Zoo.

  • 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
Admission