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“Average Zoo”
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 July 13, 2007

The Dakota Zoo may be considered a tiny zoo (especially if your from a larger metropolitan area). We took our six-year-old and one-year-old (at the time) to the zoo and only spent around 2 hours there. This zoo is nearly all outdoors, so, keep this in mind if the weather is inclimate.

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Reviewed April 4, 2006

For a city the size of Bismarck, the Dakota Zoo is a real gem. It is constantly expanding and modernizing with nice habitats for the animals and good variety.

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