Rediscover The Great Plains Zoo
When was the last time you visited the Great Plains Zoo; childhood, high school, sometime in the last few years? It is about time you saw it again, as it is all new! New entrance and visitor plaza, new more expansive gift store, lots of new animals, with even more attractions to come!
Ben and I were honored to receive a VIP tour this week, from our friend and President of the Great Plains Zoo, Elizabeth Whealy. There are so many words to describe the experience; amazing, awe-inspiring, soul enriching, are just a few that come to mind.
We fed Siamang gibbons, Imara the Eastern Black Rhino, and I had a dream come true when I was allowed to pet and feed two gorgeous giraffes! I assure you, I will never forget it! If you think the most beautiful eyes in the world belong to some singer or movie star, you are wrong! Hands down it is the giraffe; with those giant, soft, soul-searching, brown eyes with massive eyelashes, that Maybelline cosmetics only wishes they could duplicate.
If you have memories of the raggedy, run-down zoo here in Sioux Falls in the 70’s & 80’s, with animals in what looked like glorified, cramped circus cages; remove those memories and make some new ones. Your kids and grandkids may love it as much as you will.
Our Great Plains Zoo has also become an important location globally in terms of its impact on the endangered species of our planet. It is an active participant in breeding programs for 18 animals facing extinction in the wild, including the Eastern Black Rhino, Amur Tigers and Red Pandas. Animals born here in Sioux Falls have moved on to other zoos to continue the mission of saving these threatened creatures.
It is also a true entertainment best buy here in Sioux Falls! Family memberships are right around $72 dollars and that means the whole family can come to the zoo 362 days a year. You’ll receive discounts at the gift store, the Maasai Market Café, on education activities, zoo events and free or discounted admissions to over 150 other zoos and aquariums across the country!
Or spend about the same amount that you would spend on a movie, (that you may or may not like), get some fresh air, some easy exercise, see almost a thousand extraordinary animals, enjoy the peaceful green spaces, have an ice cold soda and rediscover the remarkable gem that is The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum!