It's going to be a big Friday at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls. This exciting day has been in the making for 30 years.

For the first time, the Great Plains Zoo will introduce Simba and Amahle to Sioux Falls! These lions have been preparing to meet Sioux Falls for months, and now the time has finally arrived!

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READ MORE: Say Hello To Simba: The 1st Sioux Falls Lion at Great Plains Zoo

Dakota News Now (with permission)
Dakota News Now (with permission)

The Great Plains Zoo staff are thrilled to celebrate these gorgeous big cats. Members of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and zoo staff will be part of the big party this Friday, June 28th at 11 AM. They will welcome the lions and meerkats in the new state-of-the-art exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Detroit Zoo (via Facebook)
Detroit Zoo (via Facebook)

Getting Simba and Amahle used to their surroundings is a big part of getting them ready to meet Sioux Falls zoo patrons very soon!

READ MORE: Meet Amahle: The New Queen of The Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo

This exhibit and plan for the lions have been part of a vision for the Great Plains Zoo. It is set to be one of the largest habitats in North America. Visitors have year-round opportunities to see the lions and meerkats in indoor and outdoor public settings.

It will feature a lion training window and a kopje rock viewing area, in addition to multiple outdoor yards for the lions. The habitat was designed to promote animal well-being, as well as many behind-the-scenes features that allow the lions to participate voluntarily in their own healthcare.

The habitat will include two indoor viewing spaces, a training window, a Kopje rock viewing area, along with multiple outdoor yards.

Great Plains Zoo (via Facebook)
Great Plains Zoo (via Facebook)

The big day is almost here! Be some of the first people to say hello to Simba, Amahle, and the meerkats at the Great Plains Zoo!

9 Sioux Falls Streets Visitors Have A Hard Time Pronouncing

If you are visiting or new to Sioux Falls and trying to find your way around, chances are you really don't need to pronounce street names correctly. All you have to do is enter your destination into Google Maps and your phone will show you the way.

But what if you are trying to tell someone where your cool friend or family member lives in our fine city? Some of our streets and avenues have tricky spellings that may throw visitors for a loop when trying to sound them out.

No one is going to mess up on the big thoroughfares like Minnesota Avenue, Western Avenue, or Louise Avenue but what about these?

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis

32 Things to Do in Sioux Falls This Summer That Are Absolutely Free!

Sure, there are tons of things to do in the Sioux Empire every summer, but if your entertainment budget is small (or zero), we have the solution - actually, we have lots of solutions.

Here is a list of family-friendly (and some, just adult-friendly) events happening this summer in the Sioux Falls area that you should check out. Oh, the best part, everything on this list is FREE.

Gallery Credit: Karla Brown

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