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Virtual Zoo


We hope you enjoy a virtual taste of your Great Plains Zoo from the comfort of your home. Whether you are unable to visit us or simply miss us when we are closed, this page is designed to connect you with the animals and staff that make the Great Plains Zoo a home. You'll find videos listed by category, and we promise to update content as we are able so you can continue to enjoy all we have to offer from home, the backseat on a road trip, or while you're zooming around our pathways. 

Have ideas of things you'd like to see? We're always open to suggestions via our Contact Us form! 

Winter Animals!

Your Great Plains Zoo is open 361 days a year. Take a look at the GPZ animals that love winter! 

Watch Kodiak and Katmai roll around in the snow! 

Learn how the Amur Tigers are built for the snow!

See the rambunctious side of the Snow Leopard


Earth Day!

Pollinators with Leigh

In this Earth Day video, Leigh explains a few different types of pollinators and why they are so important! 

Drink Like a Hummingbird Craft 

Learn how you can craft your very own flower to drink from just like a hummingbird with Leigh! 

Day Gecko, Stitch

Surprisingly, our Day Gecko is a pollinator! Learn all about the Day Gecko with Leigh!


Janelle Saving Tortoises in Madagascar 

Hear a firsthand account from Great Plain Zoo's Vet Tech, Janelle, about her conservation trip in 2018.


The Galapagos Tortoise Shell 

Join Katy and she shows you the shell of a Galapagos Tortoise and shares a little bit about these majestic creatures! 

Elephant Tooth 


Creature Features

Join us as we learn all about the animals found at the Great Plains Zoo!

Oscar the Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot 

Join Emily and her special friend to learn more about the Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot!

Western Hognose Snake

Education Specialist Katy teaches us all about the defense tactics of the Western hognose Snake.

Shelly the Yellow-Footed Tortoise

Shelly is a Yellow-Footed Tortoise and her natural habitat is the forest floor of the rainforest. Education Specialist, Emily, teaches us a little bit more about the Yellow-Footed Tortoise and why Shelly is one of her favorites! 

Amazon Milk Frog

Hang out with Education Services Manager, Leigh, to learn a little bit about the Amazon Milk Frog and what you can do at home to help your frog friends!

Milk Snake

Join Education Specialist, Katy, and she tells you the story of how milk snakes got their name and more fun facts! 

Chinese Alligator 

Join Animal Care and Conservation Director, Matt, and Zookeeper, Kalie, as they tell us all about the critically endangered Chinese Alligator.

Domestic Ferrets 

Join Emily and Katy as they teach us a little bit more about ferrets during some enrichment play time!

Behind-The-Scenes at GPZoo

Enjoy some 'behind-the-scenes' content as we take you out of the normal Zoo environment! 

Penguins Get Fan Mail

Zookeeper Kim reads a letter from Maya's fans! 

Bear Easter Enrichment

Brown Bear Pool Party

Zookeeper Courtney tells us all about the Brown Bear as our two cubs enjoy some enrichment time in their exhibit pool!

Jubba the Black Rhino Enjoys A Mudbath

Join Zookeeper Kirsten as she tells us all about Jubba and just why mud is his best friend! 

Black Rhino Dental Day 

Take a behind-the-scenes look what all goes into caring for our Black Rhinos as you watch our Animal Care team partner with specialists from the St. Louis Zoo for a dental procedure. 

Giraffe Feeding and Hoof Trim

Watch our Animal Care staff work one-on-one with GPZoo's giraffes as they feed them and trim hooves!

Meerkat Enrichment 

Join us for a short video of our GPZoo Meerkats, Llyod and Biff, playing with refurbished bottles full of one of their favorite treats, mealworms! 

Maya the Humboldt Penguin Celebrates Her 4th Hatchday

Join Zookeeper Kim as she helps Maya, a very special Humboldt Penguin, celebrate her 4th Hatchday with an outing around the Zoo!

Enrichment Day for the Japanese Macaques

Join our Zookeepers as they feed enrichment items to our Japanese Macaques in our award-winning exhibit.

Meet a Keeper


Each day, the Great Plains Zoo is staffed with professionals who focus on maintaining the health and well-being of our animals. They are an incredibly dedicated crew who keep the Zoo going. Currently, they are essential workers who continue to come in each day throughout this crisis to be there for the animals both you and they love so much! As such, we wanted you to get to know some of our amazing #GPZooCrew and hear why they do what they do!

WILD Workouts

Join Education Services Manager, Leigh, as she teaches a little bit about animals while providing a great home-based workout for kids. 

Layers of the Rainforest

Get the wiggles out as Leigh teaches us about the different layers of the rainforest!

Bird Stretches

Leigh teaches us a little bit about birds while showing stretches perfect for a small space!

Dance Like Animals 

Have you ever wanted to dance like an animal? Leigh helps us out in this WILD workout!

Critter Cardio (Part 1)

Get your heart pumping as Leigh tells us all about animals that are on the move! 

Bug Leg Day

Learn a little bit about insects as you stretch your legs with Leigh!

Critter Cardio (Part 2)

Get your heart pumping with Part 2 of Critter Cardio! 

Virtual Bookworms

Join our GPZoo Crew as they read a children's story and teach us all about an animal from the book! 

I Wanna Iguana 

Three Cheers for Ostrich 

Emily reads Three Cheers for Ostrich and introduces us to our Eastern Screech Owl, Aphrodite.

Dragons Love Tacos

Enjoy a story and meet the Great Plains Zoo's own dragon-- a Bearded Dragon named Sheila!

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Leigh reads one of her favorite stories, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and teaches us all about the Opossum.

The Littest Lighthouse Keeper

Emily reads The Littest Lighthouse Keeper and introduces us to two animals from the book, a Domestic Rat and a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula. 

  • 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.