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“A great place for families with toddlers”
Review of Red River Zoo

Red River Zoo
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Fargo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Red River Zoo is a leading conservation organization for 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. Our new interactive Children' Zoo Farm and Nature's Legendary Playground open in 2016! Come in and see for yourself!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is a small zoo but it's certainly big enough for my toddlers who LOVE this place. My two year olds scream YAY, the minute we pull up to the zoo entrance. I agree with other members that the zoo membership is a little pricey, but this is a private well maintained zoo, with a good variety of animals for such a small zoo. We have renewed our membership and look forward to seeing this zoo improve and expand of the upcoming years. I also am in agreement with others regarding the limited opening hours of the refreshment stand. I've been to the zoo multiple times this year, and it never seems to be open. I wish the zoo would extend it's summer hours at least until the end of October, as the 5pm closing time, makes it very difficult for working parents to take kids during the week days.

1  Thank debstarlight
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Lisa T, Manager at Red River Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2012

Thank you for your review. We are working to expand our snack bar and concessions to multiple locations, including inside the carousel pavilion which will allow us to serve a greater selection and variety of food year round. We try to extend our hours depending on weather, cost, and visitor traffic. As a privately funded non profit, our funding does not allow us to remain open during the week in months that visitor traffic is minimal. We have, however, expanded our hours every year for the last 3 years and hope to continue to do so.

Thank you for your membership, we will continue to grow and improve with your support!

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Sure, it's fun to see animals at the zoo, but once you've been to this zoo there's little to draw you back. The quantity and quality of the enclosers leave much to be desired, particularly if you've been to larger cities' zoos.

1  Thank Heather G
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Lisa T, Manager at Red River Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2012

I am sorry you were unable to see the entire zoo on your visit. We are 33 acres in size with 23 acres developed. Our newest exhibits are immersion exhibits which are spectacular, (such as the wolf exhibit). Our older exhibits are on a rennovation schedule and two are currently in rennovation construction. We are also finalizing a new white naped crane exhibit and next year we will start construction on a new immersion exhibit for river otters. We hope you will come back and see us!

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

A visit to the Red River Zoo is always enjoyable, but add some baby otters and now folks, you are making memories! The zoo has come a long way and they are now heading in the right direction. The Otteres will bring a lot to the zoo and displaying them before their exhibit opens is the perfect way to promote their big arrival. Great work.

Thank JesseWhite
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Good zoo for young kids, stopped in for a leg stretched on our way to minnesota. I was pleased with what the zoo had to offer. My daughter enjoyed the carousel and the petting zoo. The zoo has some areas that could be developed and for price it was a good value. I would recommend young travellers to visit

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

If you are visiting Fargo - Moorhead with your kids don't miss the Zoo. This is a great zoo for a community this size. They have some animals that are outstanding. It is clean. Just plain nice!

Thank MidwestTraveler2007
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