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Cast Your Vote to Name the Great Plains Zoo’s Two Alpacas

July 5, 2018

The Great Plains Zoo is inviting the public to help select names for two female one-year-old Alpacas living at the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm.

From Monday, July 2 – Monday, July 23, adults and children will be able to submit a ballot with their suggestions for names at any of the seven Sioux Falls Hy-Vee Stores, or online at  There is no limit to the number of ideas each individual can submit. The Great Plains Zoo will select the names, and the winner will have an opportunity to meet the two female Alpacas and receive a 3-foot plush horse.  

“We are excited that the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm continues to offer our visitors special experiences,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “These hands-on opportunities, like helping to name an animal, help connect children and families to animals and the natural world around them.”      

July is ‘Zoo Month’ at all Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores. In addition to the Name the Baby Contest, Hy-Vee is hosting ZooMobile programs, which include up-close animal encounters led by Zoo educators, throughout the month of July at all seven Sioux Falls stores. The month also includes the annual Hy-Vee Day at the Zoo event on Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., where guests can receive a free catered lunch from Hy-Vee and enjoy up-close animal encounters, a stilt walker, face painting, and visits from the Zoo’s mascots. Visit the Zoo’s calendar of events at for more information on all Zoo Month events.

“On behalf of the Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores, and their employee owners, we are so proud of the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History and their commitment to provide such an amazing and fun experience for the kids of this community and every one of their guests, said Melinda Haensel, Marketing Coordinator for Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores. “The Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores are proud to continue keeping this partnership strong, and are happy to be able to impact children and families in a positive way through the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm, ‘Zoo Month,’ and Hy-Vee Day at the Zoo.”

The young Alpacas can be viewed daily in Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm. The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with the last admission at 6 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at, or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.


The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 80,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit

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