Wine Tasting for the Animals

Join us in a wonderful rustic atmosphere with animal viewing while taste testing many different wines and beers. This fun event is held in the Bismarck Tribune Discovery Center with all proceeds going to help support the wild residents of Dakota Zoo and worldwide wildlife conservation efforts. Tickets are $35 for Dakota Zoo Members and $40 for non-members. They can be purchased at the admission window, online or by calling (701) 223-7543. There is a limited number of tickets available so purchase your tickets early. Be sure to check the Schedule of Events for dates and times.

When our wine tasting began it was truly “For the Birds.” Thanks to the generous support of folks like you, our raptor rehabilitation program has assisted numerous eagles, hawks, and other birds of prey. In recent years, our event has evolved to encompass all of the conservation efforts we support with a portion of the proceeds from this event directed towards the Dakota Zoo Conservation Fund.

Dakota Zoo Conservation Fund mobilizes the support of every zoo member and visitor to make a difference in the lives of wildlife both close to home and around the world through our “Quarters for Conservation” program. Q4C receives a .25¢ conservation fee from each daily zoo admission, and $2.50 from every annual membership. To date, this program has contributed more than $165,000 to the Conservation Fund.

Since the Fund’s inception in 2013, monies have been used to send zoo staff and volunteers on numerous trips to Conata Basin, South Dakota to work with Black-footed Ferrets, and to the remote mountains of Arizona to monitor Mexican Grey Wolves undergoing pre-release conditioning.

Funds have also been used to expand our partnership with the Snow Leopard Trust, to help import Tammar Wallabies from New Zealand, provide funding to the Tiger Conservation Campaign, help fund a sustainability study for Mongolian Wild Horses, support Swift Fox research in South Dakota, and to make a substantial pledge of support to the AZA Conservation Endowment Fund to name just a few. 

Still all about the Animals!

A portion of the funds raised tonight will also go towards the care, feeding and enrichment of all the animals here at the zoo. With more than 600 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects to feed, our “grocery bill” for animal feed and care totals more than $90,000 a year, and what a shopping list:

Did you know?

  • That each of our fast-growing tigers needs 10 pounds of specially mixed ground beef every day. That's a $10,000 yearly dinner tab for our three big cats.

  • That one full grown grizzly bear can easily polish off 60 pounds of grapes (their favorites), apples, dog chow, meat, pears, squash, watermelon, bread & lettuce per day. That’s $1100 per bear per year. Thank goodness much of our produce is generously donated by Dan's Supermarket.

  • That monkeys eat primarily Monkey Chow, with a smattering of fruits and vegetables thrown in for variety. This specialty diet costs up to $350 per monkey, per year, and we have plenty of primates!

  • That tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and lizards prefer to nosh on live farm raised crickets. We serve up about $750 worth of the little critters each year.

  • That our dedicated staff of Zookeepers are always seeking ways to enrich our animals lives by changing the configuration of perches and other exhibit features, adding bongo balls or other enrichment toys to their environments and by presenting them with challenging opportunities such as the opportunity to figure out a puzzle feeder to obtain their favorite treats, in addition to their normal diet.