Visitors Can Expect To See New Faces At The Sioux Falls Zoo
Spending a day at the zoo is always exciting for kids and their families. It's a chance to see tigers, bears, monkeys, and more exotic animals all in one spot.
The Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls strives to provide a great experience for its visitors every day no matter the season. This includes giving guests opportunities to visit new animal friends and fun interactive attractions. Pretty soon, the Great Plains Zoo will welcome a new face to its family as well as give some bears a new home.
Our friends at Pigeon 605 were able to get the exclusive story about what's to come at the Great Plains Zoo. Great Plains Zoo CEO Becky Dewitz tells Pigeon 605 that guests can expect "an enhanced home for the black bears, a renovated Americas exhibit and a new bobcat." Fun Fact: This bobcat coming to the zoo is a rescue coming from a unique situation.
Bobby the bobcat is about to call the Great Plains Zoo home after he was illegally being kept as a house pet. That's one big kitty. "He came to us, and we really bonded well, and we decided to keep him and build him an exhibit,” explains Becky Dewitz to Pigeon 605. Bobby's new spot at the zoo will be located in the former anteater exhibit.
The Great Plains Zoo is also giving its three black bears a bigger and more advanced space. The new exhibit for the black bears is expected to open by the end of June. This new space includes a glass viewing area for a better visitor experience, new climbing structures for the bears, backyard space, and a new "bedroom" space for the bears.
One other area of the Great Plains Zoo that's getting a facelift is The Americas. Specifically the "creepy crawlers" area will go through some changes. This exhibit is set to feature animals from North America, South America, and Central America. "We have some of the animals that will be featured as animals we had behind the scenes, so now they will be in a public-facing exhibit. This has been driven by our zookeeper and animal care team. So it’s been a great internal project we’ve been working on, and the end result shows their care and pride in their work," stated Ms. Dewitz.
Keep in mind: For now, the birds at the Great Plains Zoo will not be exhibited in public viewing spaces due to the outbreak of avian influenza.
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