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Cast Your Vote to Name the Zoo’s Three Pygmy Goats

June 19, 2017

The Great Plains Zoo is inviting the public to help select names for three Pygmy Goat kids living at the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm.

From Monday, June 19 – Sunday, July 16, 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 male and one female Pygmy Goats.

“Naming a baby animal is fun for everyone involved, and 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 experiences help connect children and families to animals and the natural world around them.”

In 2009, the 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. The Farm has become a visitor favorite and now features unique animal encounters, such as riding a Camel, feeding a Goat or getting a kiss from a six-horned Jacob Sheep. The area also includes a mining sluice where visitors can pan for gems and fossils. In 2014, Hy-Vee extended their sponsorship of the Zoo’s Face-to-Face Farm with a $100,000 gift.

The Pygmy Goat kids 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. – 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.

About the Great Plains Zoo

The Great Plains Zoo & 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.


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