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ZooMontana

2100 South Shiloh Road, Billings, MT 59106
406-652-8100
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Ranked #14 of 31 Attractions in Billings
Type: Zoos
Owner description: ZooMontana is a zoological and botanical garden and educational facility dedicated to the conservation of wildlife throughout Montana and the 45th... more » Owner description: ZooMontana is a zoological and botanical garden and educational facility dedicated to the conservation of wildlife throughout Montana and the 45th parallel of earth. ZooMontana cares for over 100 animals of 51 different species, including wolves, grizzly bear, otter, eagles, and Lynx. Located in the picturesque tourist destination of Billings, MT, ZooMontana offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about Yellowstone ecosystem fauna through direct observation, interpretive displays, and experiential educational programs. Annually, community and educational programs serve over 8,000 students and over 80,000 visitors, most of whom hail from the northern Rockies. Led by a 16 member staff, ZooMontana enjoys strong community support through volunteerism, donations, and outreach. « less
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Wellington, Kansas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a small zoo but nonetheless has a good variety of interesting animals. The animals are generally indigenous to the Northern Plains or are from similar habitats. There is a small portion dedicated to typical domestic farm animals. It's a great place to take young children and is easy hiking for we older people. There are ample spots to... More

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Jeff E, General Manager at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! I'm glad to hear you had a good time. We are working hard to ensure everyone's experiences are memorable ones. We will work on making sure our presence is more noticeable, thanks for letting us know. We look forward to your next visit! Jeff Ewelt Executive Director More

Billings, Montana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The zoo is not well maintain i feel awful for the animals let alone the people that visit there.There are weeds everywhere never mowed where the animals live the water is filthy . The zoo has allot of possibilities but no one seems to care. I've visited it 3 times and still nothing has change. If its revenue they could... More

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Jeff E, General Manager at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thank you for the visit. It's too bad you did not enjoy the facility. I will be the first to say that we have worked very hard over the past two years to bring ZooMontana back. In the process, we have brought in many jobs, created joy in many children and provided a caring space for many animals. We have... More

Tipperary, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I'm not really sure what I think of the zoo. It should be renamed because it doesn't really fit the vision most people have of a zoo. Its more of a nature walk with some animals to view here and there. It feels run down, this could be due to the financial troubles of the zoos past, but you can... More

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Jeff E, Owner at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Zoo. I am sorry to hear of your disappointments. The Red Pandas were out, they must have been down low for some reason. I am happy to say we have 8 peacocks roaming the grounds. Most of them stay near the Homestead House. Several of them also hang out in the main plaza. I am... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have grown up in Billings and our zoo is a must see! They have been making lots of improvements over the years and are adding lots of exhibits! The animals are in large attractive enclosures, and the staff is amazing at interacting with zoo guests! :) They are constantly making improvements and adding new exhibits, definitely go check the... More

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Jeff E, General Manager at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your great review! We love to hear of the positive experiences folks are having as we work hard to better the Zoo. Growth takes time and we truly appreciate that you understand that and are enjoying the progress. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Jeff Ewelt Executive Director More

Hayward, WI
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My family and I visiting while in vacation. Had a great time. The glass enclosures where neat. Would visit again.

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Jeff E, Owner at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! We are so happy to hear you had a great time. We have been working hard to bring ZooMontana back, so this is great encouragement! We look forward to seeing you again. Jeff Ewelt Director ZooMontana More

Missoula, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

ZooMontana in the past had fallen on some hard times, but recent efforts are helping turn it around. We went in the morning when the animals are most active and had one of the best experiences with the wolves. They were super attentive, hanging out near us and very engaging. The rest of the Zoo was great also and I'm... More

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Jeff E, Owner at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out and giving ZooMontana another chance! We are very proud of the progress we have made over the last 2 years. Your words are great encouragement for us! By the way, the Tigers are here and are spectacular! Jeff Ewelt Director ZooMontana More

Bozeman, Montana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went to this Zoo last fall. It's a small zoo with more local animals than anything exotic. They have wolves, bears, otters, farm animals ect. It's easy to walk it with little kids, not long and winding, you can get through the zoo in an hour. It's nothing spectacular, but a nice retreat if you need to kill some... More

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Jeff E, Owner at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out to ZooMontana! As we continue to grow and add more tot he collection and grounds, we look forward to your return visits. Thanks again! Jeff Ewelt Director ZooMontana More

Billings, Montana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Jeff the nature guy is a local favorite and has turned this zoo into a hot attraction. I look forward to seeing what the zoo has to come. The community is behind the zoo and everything they have to offer! Maybe bring a concert to the zoo.

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Jeff E, Owner at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out and giving ZooMontana another chance! We are very proud of the progress we have made over the last 2 years. Your words are great encouragement for us! Jeff Ewelt Director ZooMontana More

Billings, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Zoo Montana is not really a "zoo" in the traditional sense of the word. It does have a few big animals, but really it's more like a nature park, which is why my kids love it! It's small size makes it easy to cover in a few hours (not the kind of overwhelming experience that trying to see all of... More

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Jeff E, Owner at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out to ZooMontana! We are very proud of the progress we have made over the last 2 years. Your words are great encouragement for us! We look forward to seeing you again! Jeff Ewelt Director ZooMontana More

billings, mt
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Beautiful space while maintaining the historical building that housed the county jail. Impressive art collection and new permanent exhibit, "Boundless Visions," which showcases important Montana art. Friendly staff and cute restaurant inside the museum turned our museum visit into an occasion!

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Jeff E, Owner at ZooMontana, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out to ZooMontana! We are very proud of the progress we have made over the last 2 years. Your words are great encouragement for us! We look froward to seeing you again soon! Jeff Ewelt Director ZooMontana More

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