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Great Plains Zoo Hosts Teddy Bear Check-Up

September 29, 2017

The Great Plains Zoo invites children to bring their favorite fuzzy friend for an exam on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Families will watch Zoo staff and volunteers perform a “check-up” on their Teddy Bear or other stuffed friend, just like the well-care exams done by the Zoo’s veterinary team. The Teddy Bear Check-up will be held in Zoo’s Plaza and is free with Zoo admission.

“The Teddy Bear Check-up is a fun way for families to learn about what goes into caring for the Zoo’s real animals,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President & CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “The Great Plains Zoo cares for more than 1,000 animals, and this event will give children and families a glimpse into the work of our animal care team.”

Now through October 31, the public is also invited to donate a new teddy bear for the Teddy Bear Posse Drive. Along with Midwest Communications, the Zoo is collecting new teddy bears that will be given to children in crisis by Sioux Falls first responders. A drop-off box is located in the lobby of the Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

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. 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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