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What's Happening

Monday, May 29 

11 am & 1 pm - Giraffe feedings*

11:30 am - Camel enrichment demo 

2:30 pm - Komodo dragon chat 

3 pm - Primate feeding

*Giraffe and weather dependent 

Tuesday, May 30 

11 am & 1 pm - Giraffe feedings*

11:30 am - Black bear bone enrichment  

2:30 pm - Chinese alligator zookeeper chat

3 pm - Primate feeding

*Giraffe and weather dependent 


Book your private golf cart tour! (Next date June 2.)

Note: Many animals have indoor/outdoor access, so they will not always be visible in their habitats. Check back - or wait a few minutes - and often, they'll come out! 

- Zoo birds are off exhibit due to recent positive bird flu cases in Minnehaha County. We are working with the SD state vet to determine if/when they can safely come out this season. 


Enjoy bubbles in the Plaza from 9 am - noon, Monday-Saturday. Weather dependant.
*Bubbles courtesy of SoDak Soda 

Vet Schedule

Most animal exams and procedures happen right away in the morning.

*Subject to change based on animal needs*                                          

Friday Bookworms 

Summer Bookworms starts June 5.

2023 Zoo Events 

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 | Zoofari

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!

*Carousel is open on weekends

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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


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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  • 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.