Upcoming Events

Thank you for a wonderful summer season!

Winter hours begin October 29, 2022 (Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1-5PM, weather permitting)

Zoo and Admission Office are CLOSED Monday-Thursday.


Storytime and Photos with Santa

December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, and 17 & 18, 2022.

Winter admission rates apply, Dakota Zoo members are free to enter Dakota Zoo.

Storytime - 1:15-1:45pm - Holiday stories are read by Santa in the Discovery Center Meeting Room.

Photos - 2:00-4:00pm - Santa will be available for photos and visitation. This is a fundraiser for Dakota Zoo. Professional photographers will be snapping photos. Photos are available for purachse ($25.00). No charge for visitations. Please note that personal photography or video recording devices are NOT permitted. Cash and Credit Card are accepted in the Meeting Room. 


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 animals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species and visited by more than 150,000 people each year.

Join us for our 61st season as we present a fun filled schedule of events sure to please people of all ages!


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


Learn about our campaign to make the Zoo an even better place to visit by clicking the video, more information can be found on the Zoo2020 page.

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