Zoo visitors can take a break from viewing animals and sit and relax in the Marjorie Asker Memorial Gazebo. Marge Asker volunteered at the Dakota Zoo before the zoo even really existed, and was involved with the zoo's planning, construction, and maintenance from the beginning. She also spent time increasing memberships to the zoo and eventually became known as "The Membership Lady." The gazebo can be reserved for birthday parties and picnics, but is otherwise open to the all visitors to the zoo.
Younger zoo visitors can let out their energy and parents can take a break at the Children's Play Area. In the play area, children can slide like the otters, hop like the wallabies, climb like the spider monkeys.
Junior Zookeeper Camp
The Dakota Zoo offers Junior Zookeeper camps for kids ages eight to twelve. The camps are designed to educate children about animals and help to create a caring attitude about nature. Campers get entertaining, hands-on experience, as well as an in-depth look at several aspects of zookeeping. Kids will have the chance to go behind the scenes to assist in preparing diets and learn about animal health care, work on projects to enrich the lives of the animal residents, attend zookeeper presentation about different species, and more. Participants of the Junior Zookeeper camps will gain a well-rounded understanding of animals, the daily responsibilities of a zookeeper, and the part zoos play in wildlife conservation.
Adult Zookeeper Camp
Adults also have the opportunity to participate in a zookeeper camp at the Dakota Zoo. The Adult Zookeeper Camp is designed to teach those age eighteen and older about animals, as well as to help adults develop a caring attitude towards nature. The camp offers a fun, interactive experience while providing an in-depth look at the duties of a zookeeper. Camp participants learn about animal health care and help prepare diets behind the scenes, attend presentations by zookeepers about different species, work on projects to enrich the lives of the animals at the zoo, and much more. Campers gain a well-rounded knowledge of animals, daily responsibilities of zookeepers, and the role zoos play in wildlife conservation. Photo: susan flashman/Fotolia
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