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Red River Zoo

4255 23rd Ave. South, (near junction of I-94 and I-29), Fargo, ND 58104
701.277.9240
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Fargo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The Red River Zoo is a leading breeder of some of the world's rarest cold climate species. We...
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Red River Zoo is a leading breeder of some of the world's rarest cold climate species. We feature world class exhibits on over 33 beautiful acres. Founded in 1999, we are constantly growing into a leading attraction in the Fargo Moorhead area. Come in and see for yourself!
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tucson
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

great atmosphere, different animals then you normally see.. Habitats absolutely beautiful... Love love this zoo. !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

After years of driving past the zoo, we finally visited. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the zoo is. It is very clean & well cared for. You forget that you are in the middle of Fargo.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Was not that enjoyable. No animals, no toys, no gaming for kids, expensive to see empty cages and no live true animals in a regular zoo. We saw a farm animals not a zoo animals. And underground rodent.

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Lisa T, Manager at Red River Zoo, responded to this review

We are disappointed to hear about your less than satisfactory visit to our zoo one year ago. We have many things to see and do here so I am sorry to read that you were unable to experience everything during your visit. Besides our 600 animals (40+ exhibits and 89 species) we also have a wonderful playground and a very... More 

Eagle, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very clean. Really nice staff. Nice size. My son an I spent a couple hours there and really enjoyed it.

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San Diego, California
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234 reviews 234 reviews
102 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A very small zoo which you can walk around in less than 1 hour. It is very well maintained. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They do not have a large number of animals. What they do have are in very modern enclosures and you can get up and close with them. I was especially impressed with the wolf... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Attended a function at the zoo -- first time! Very impressed by the faculties and the variety of animals. Very impressed. The zoo is small, but very well maintained and an excellent variety of displays. Very well laid out. The otters were amazing. Wolves were interesting. Kids would love it. Even the gift shop was nice!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Small zoo but nicely maintained. The otters were entertaining and not afraid of visitors. Nice playground for the kids and a petting area with goats. The only thing I wasn't impressed with was the otter feeding. The staff at the entrance building were nice and informative, but the lady doing the feeding demonstration did it so quick and didn't say... More 

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Lisa T, Manager at Red River Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for letting us know about the Otter Feeding. We have discussed this with the staff and have clarified the expectations for our guests. I am sure you will see a more interactive response by the zookeepers the next time you visit. Thank you again for coming and we look forward to seeing you again! More 

Fargo, North Dakota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I just love the Red River Zoo. It is small, but a fun zoo to go see. For a small zoo, they have quite a few different types of animals. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Babbitt, Minnesota
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155 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The Red River Zoo is a shining gem in the Fargo-Moorhead community and the announcement of their new baby camel proved that their conservation efforts are working. The newly expanded camel exhibit is wonderful. They also have a new brown pheasant exhibit that was interesting. Always worth the visit when in Fargo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

On the small side, but quite fun and an entertaining selection of animals. It only took about half a day to enjoy. The kids loved feeding the goats. We've been to several larger zoos, including Bronx Zoo in NY. The kids loved this one all the same.

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