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Great Plains Zoo to Host Animal Enrichment Day on Saturday

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History invites the public to attend Animal Enrichment Day on Saturday, August 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. Animal Enrichment Day allows the public to witness the unique, behind-the-scenes work of the Zoo’s Animal Care staff, as well as a chance to see the animals at play. 

“Enrichment is very important to the Zoo’s animals because it encourages natural behaviors such as foraging, scent marking and hunting,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “Adults and children might see Snow Monkeys forage for nuts and popcorn in paper mache balloon balls or watch a Rhino enjoy a watermelon.”

Animal Enrichment Day activities are free with Zoo admission. Animal enrichments will occur every half hour throughout the afternoon and will include Snow Monkeys, Amur Tigers, Brown Bears, North American Bison, Eastern Black Rhinos and Siamang Gibbons. 

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with the last admission at 6 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at www.greatzoo.org, or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.

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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. 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
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