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Celebrate “Christmas with the Animals” This Weekend at the Great Plains Zoo

Christmas isn’t over at the Great Plains Zoo! The Zoo will host its annual “Christmas with the Animals” event on Saturday, January 6 from 1 – 4 p.m. 

Visitors can watch the Zoo’s animals unwrap presents filled with fruits and vegetables, munch on garlands made of Cheerios, and nibble on Christmas trees. “Christmas with the Animals” is part of the Zoo’s ongoing animal enrichment efforts, which encourage animals’ natural behaviors such as foraging, scent marking and hunting. Gifts are delivered to the animals throughout the afternoon, with gift openings every half hour.

“Enrichment is a top priority for our Zookeepers, and our ‘Christmas with the Animals’ event provides valuable enrichment in a fun format that the public can also enjoy,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President & CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. 

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 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.

  • 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