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What's Happening

Coming Up at the Zoo 

Vet Schedule
Subject to change based on animal needs*                                          

Egg hunt is on! 

Each week through March, the zoo team will hide eggs with small prizes throughout zoo grounds! (Be sure to return your empty eggs to Admissions.) 

Friday Bookworms 

Fridays at 10:30 am. Join us in the classroom for an animal story, activity, and an animal encounter!  

2023 Zoo Events

March 18 | Animal Enrichment Day Schedule 

10:30 Mongoose

11:30 Coastal Brown Bears

12:30 Bison

1:30   African Painted Dogs

2:30   Meerkats

3:30   Colobus


April 8 | Egg-stravaganza 

April 22 | Party for the Planet

May 6 | Rhinopalooza 

May 14 | Mother's Day (moms get half off admission) 

May 27 | Great Life Summer Kickoff 

June 10 | Flutterfest 

June 18 | Father's Day (dads get half off) 

June 24 | Zippity Zoo Day 

July 1-4 | Heroes Weekend (veterans, military, and first responders get half off) 

July 27 | Expedition ZooFalls 

August 12 | Animal Enrichment Day 

September 30 | Fall Fun

October 27-29 | ZooBoo 

November 11 | Veterans Day (veterans get half off admission) 

November 25 | Creative Creatures Art Show 

December 9 | Santa at the Zoo 

December 27 | Zoo Free Day 

Soft Play Area

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

Attraction tickets available online!

*Train & Carousel closed for the season. 

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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.

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.

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!

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March Madness Enrichment Day Voting

Vote for the Enrichment Day winners here!

Select one on each line!

  • 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.