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

January 10, 2019

Christmas isn’t over at the Great Plains Zoo! The Zoo will host its annual “Christmas with the Animals” event on Saturday, January 12 from 1 – 4 p.m. 

Visitors might see an Amur Tiger play with a Christmas tree in their exhibit, a Brown Bear open presents filled with goodies like fruits and vegetables, or a Snow Monkey nibble on special Christmas cookies. “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 and Zookeeper Chats every half hour.

“Enrichment is a top priority for our Zookeepers every day,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “Christmas with the Animals provides valuable enrichment for animals, and it helps our guests understand how we care for our animals.”

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m. each day. 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. Fewer 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 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.