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Great Plains Zoo to Host Endangered Species Day Activities on May 18

Join us in celebrating Endangered Species Day at the Great Plains Zoo! The Zoo cares for 24 endangered species, and our Zookeepers will highlight four very special species - Eastern Black Rhinoceros, Red Wolves, Siamang Gibbons and Eastern Bongos, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

All activities are free with Zoo admission and will take place at each animal’s exhibit. 

*In the case of inclement weather, please note alternative event locations.

Keeper Chat with special guest Dr. Jeff Muntifering (10 – 11 a.m.)          
Watch Zookeepers lead one of the Zoo’s Eastern Black Rhinos in a training session. Then hear about important conservation work happening in the wild from Dr. Jeff Muntifering, a conservation biologist working to save Rhinos in Namibia.  (*Rain location: All activities will be held in the Rare Rhinos of Africa exhibit.)

Keeper Chat on Red Wolves (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)            
Learn about this extremely endangered species through a Zookeeper Chat and hands-on sensory table.  (*Rain location: All activities will be held in the shelter between the Red Wolf and Fox exhibits.)

Outdoor Training Session and Keeper Chat with Siamang Gibbons (12 – 1 p.m.)                 
See an outdoor training session with some of the Zoo’s most unique sounding animals!  Explore a biofact table and hear recordings of different Siamang calls.  (*Rain location: All activities will be held in the Primate Building.)

Keeper Chat on Eastern Bongos and Special Enrichment (1 – 2 p.m.)                    
Learn more about Eastern Bongos at a special Zookeeper Chat! You’ll also be able to see the Bongos enjoy special treats at their exhibit. (*Rain location: Bongo activities will be canceled in the event of rain.) 

  • 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.

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