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Attractions, Walkthrough Exhibits, Zookeeper Chats

Sanford Carousel

The custom-designed carousel consists of six horses, three zebras, an elephant, white rhino, gorilla, dolphin, deer, rooster, cheetah - and two panda bears! 

The carousel also has a handicap-accessible bench seat.

Open Labor Day weekend 

Girl riding carrousel at Great Plains Zoo

Savanna Express Train Ride

Tour Africa on the Zoo’s train, the Savanna Express! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes guided tour from our train conductor.

Open Labor Day weekend.

Train ride at Great Plains Zoo

Now offering the GPZ Ride Pass - 6 rides for $15! Add it on when you purchase your tickets online or ask about it at the Admissions window on your next trip to the zoo!

Australia Walk-Through Exhibits 

Walkabout Australia + Australian Sheep
Closed for the season.

Creature Features

11: 00 am and 1:30 pm | June 6 - August 14

Zookeeper Chats 

*End after Labor Day weekend

Sunday - 11:30 am - Japanese Macaque | 2:30 pm - Amur Tiger 
Monday - 11:30 am - Brown Bear | 2:30 pm - Komodo Dragon
Tuesday - 11:30 am - Camel | 2:30 pm - Chinese Alligator 
Wednesday - 11:30 am - Bighorn Sheep | 2:30 pm - Farm
Thursday - 11:30 am - Black Rhino | 2:30 pm - Galapagos Tortoise 
Friday - 11:30 am - Red Panda | 2:30 pm - Bison
Saturday - 11:30 am - Brown Bear | 2:30 pm - Komodo Dragon

Giraffe Feeding

*Ends after Labor Day weekend
Experience the joy of getting up close and personal with one of GPZ's giraffes as you stand on a platform in the African Savanna exhibit to hand-feed browse to these hungry herbivoires! (Weather permitting) 
Availability: Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday - 11:00 am 
*There is an additional charge for this experience of $6 for 6 pieces of browse

Primate Feeding

*Ends after Labor Day weekend
Watch our professional Zookeepers feed the primates located in the Primate Building! Learn their behaviors and they enjoy some of their favorite treats, including grapes and... you guessed it... bananas! 
Availability: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday - 3:00 pm

Soft Play Area

Relax and refresh while the kids play on the indoor soft playground in the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. 

ZooVie Theatre

This area lets kids see themselves in projected movies as they dance with the animals.

  • 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.