We rely on our corporate sponsors to help keep our Zoo a vital and integral part of our community, and a source of great pride for the entire Midwest region. These contributions help assist us in providing educational support for a variety of youth programming, supporting conservation of animals and their habitats, and enhancing the community we serve.
In 2009, the Great Plains Zoo launched the nationally recognized ZooTV as part of an innovative partnership with Sanford Health.
This relationship allows the Zoo to conduct its mission of connecting kids with animals in even bigger and better ways – through ZooTV and ZooExpress. These programs reflect a $571,000 gift by Sanford to the Zoo over five years. When most people think of the Zoo, they think about taking the kids to see amazing animals. The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls, SD is constantly thinking of how it can bring the Zoo to kids.
In 2009, the Great Plains Zoo received a $250,000 gift from Hy-Vee to transform the former Children’s Zoo into the colorful and engaging Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm. This dynamic area now features five times the number of animals, goat bridges, camel rides, fun signage, and 15-foot themed 3-D archways. In 2014, Hy-Vee extended their sponsorship of the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm another four years. The $100,000 gift will move forward enhancements to the Farm, including a new roof for the Barn.
In 2015, a $100,000 gift from Sammons Financial Group expanded the Zoo’s educational footprint across eastern South Dakota. Thanks to funding from Sammons, the ZooMobile will reach 96 poverty-level schools in 42 school districts over three school years. As part of the partnership, the Zoo also unveiled a colorful ZooMobile vehicle that will travel across the state as part of the program.
ZooMobile programs are 45-minute educational encounters led by a Zoo Educator and several animal ambassadors. Students learn about animals and their habitats, and have the opportunity to meet and get up close to learn about the Zoo’s education animals. All ZooMobile programs meet state and national science standards.
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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 F.
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.
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.