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“A Very Nice Zoo With Lots of Variety”
Review of The Dakota Zoo

The Dakota Zoo
Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Bismarck
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Dakota Zoo was founded in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson with the help of a host of dedicated volunteers. The Dakota Zoo opened its gates on June 3, 1961 on 15 acres of developed land, with 75 mammals and 23 birds, and 40,000 visitors passed through the gates that first year. Today, thanks to the continued support of members, visitors, donors and volunteers, the Dakota Zoo has grown to a 90 acre facility housing 600 animals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species and visited by more than 150,000 people each year.
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Pros: Animals were very active and well taken care of. Had lots of variety of species. A good sized zoo.

Cons: Some of the reptiles needed bigger exhibits.

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Reviewed August 15, 2012

It was a great place to go with kyds. Adults got worn out because they were all in strollers, though. We did not take the optional train ride as we wanted the little ones to be able to move around.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I've been coming here since I was little, and it's a great zoo given the location in a mid-size midwestern town. No fancy exhibits, but for the most part you won't leave heartbroken for animals stuck in too small cages (Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, I'm looking at you ...).

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Extremely surprised how much fun we had. The day was kind of chilly, so we thought we wouldn't see animals out, but they were out and playing. It is a pretty small zoo, but it is a great experience. I had alot of fun. The kids did,too:)

Thank mlamson5
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Dakota Zoo offers a large safe area for kids to play and look at the different types of animals. Just wish we had more of an exotic range of animals.

Thank April S
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