Join us for our 63rd Season!!

Dakota Zoo is operating on Summer Hours

Open Daily 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, weather permitting




The Dakota Zoo was founded in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson with the help of a host of dedicated volunteers. The Dakota Zoo opened its gates on June 3, 1961 on 15 acres of developed land, with 75 mammals and 23 birds, and 40,000 visitors passed through the gates that first year. Today, thanks to the continued support of members, visitors, donors and volunteers, the Dakota Zoo has grown to a 90 acre facility housing 600 mammals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species and is visited by more than 150,000 people each year.


Join us for our 63rd season as we present a fun filled schedule of events sure to please people of all ages! We're open all year! Beginning April 27, 2024 the Zoo will be open daily 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, weather permitting.


Support the Dakota Zoo by becoming a zoo member today. Annual memberships are available online.