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Community Partner Spotlight: Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

The Great Plains Zoo has been featured as May's Community Partner for Sammons Financial Group Member Companies. Original article from Sammons Financial Group can be found here.

May 28, 2019

Community Partner Spotlight: Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls, S.D. strives to fulfill four major objectives: education, conservation, recreation, and discovery. As a regional education leader, the zoo influences nearly 40,000 people each year ranging from infants to high school students through interactive ZooMobile programs, STEM learning, nature-inspired classes, and more. In addition, the zoo cares for over 1,000 animals from around the world within its 45-acre park.

Since 1985, Sammons® Financial Group (SFG) has supported Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History through employee volunteers and monetary donations. SFG’s donations have helped fund significant capital campaigns for the facility, including the Fortress of the Bears exhibit; the Monkeys, Magic and More iconic entryway designed to draw visitors to the snow monkey and flamingo exhibits; and a Building Our Community Pride initiative to create a vibrant habitat for the lions.

Most recently beginning in 2015, SFG made several donations to the ZooMobile program, which involves a vehicle traveling across South Dakota to provide 45-minute educational encounters led by a zoo educator and animal ambassadors. Over the past three years. SFG’s gifts have enabled ZooMobile to reach 96 poverty-level schools in 42 school districts. In 2019, SFG renewed the ZooMobile sponsorship, which will allow the zoo to continue to reach underserved students over the next two years.

  • 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.