1. Shibo1

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    As a long-time zoo member, I thought I’d respond to a few of the criticisms and give a brief overview. Yes, if you visit a small, Northern zoo in the winter, cold blooded animals like alligators will not be sitting outside. If they were left out there, they’d die. And yes, the african/warm climate animals like the Giraffes and the Zebras and Rhinos aren’t left outside to die. You can find them in the helpful areas that are marked “winter viewing”. The zoo is not “empty” in the winter. It’s just cold. So, there will be no train ride, because it’s cold and not fun to ride a cold train. The carousel is also closed, because again, kids get cold and it’s no fun. On the occasional warm, weekend day, they will open these attractions as the need arises. The animals are not “drugged” or “half dead”, but believe it or not, some animals sleep from time to time. If you’d like them to dance for your amusement, go to the circus. Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I’ll talk about the zoo itself. In the past year, the zoo has undergone extensive refurbishment. There’s a brand new entrance, a new store, and a beautiful new Snow Monkey exhibit. The african rhino exhibit is only a few years old, and is state of the art. There’s a mixture of new and older style exhbits here, and as donations come in, the older exhibits have been removed and/or updated. This is a great zoo for the size of the city, and is easily the best in the state. It’s not huge, but it’s nice, and a lot of fun. My son and I go all the time, year round. He loves the farm area, where he feeds goats and ducks. We also enjoy the tigers, and the bears. He loves the alligators as well. So, come to the zoo! Just be realistic about what it is. Want an enormous, multi billion dollar experience? Then drive to Omaha. 🙂

  2. John Traveler

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    This is definitely the most photographer friendly zoo I have visited. The majority of exhibits have a vantage to catch the residents in a natural looking setting without the obvious ZOO things in the background. Wonderful experience and I’ll be bacK.The Delbridge Museum would be worth the admission all by itself. Add in not trying to gouge people with parking fees and it’s a great attraction Sioux Falls should be proud to have.

  3. izzy schuety

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    Paid too much,all the animals fur looked nasty,they looked drugged,none of them moved around,the exit does not allow you to get back in and when I asked about a refund I was told to drive over to another building and speak to the owner. I felt she was very rude. Im sorry but I would rather walk in the woods for wildlife fun. Yeah great lots of half dead looking animals in captivity but not my thing..

  4. Diane Plante

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    We took our grandchildren and there moms to the zoo on March 26, 2013. We paid the full price. It was off season but I wish someone at the front desk would of told us we would not see any animals. At least let someone know and make the choice to pay the full amount. They should look at a discounted price for off season. We went to the Watertown , SD zoo the next day and it was Great. Ask before you pay. There were two people at the front desk.

  5. Henry Wallin

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    Loved it .lots of fun. great animals .