The Bismarck Tribune Discovery Center at the Dakota Zoo provides an interactive learning environment that includes computers, graphics, educational and live animal displays, and aquariums designed to educate guests about the natural world.
Located just outside of the Discovery Center is a large playground area. Inside the Discovery Center is a 900 square foot meeting room, featuring unique wildlife décor, that makes a great space for small groups to gather for parties or meetings. This room can seat up to seventy-five people "theater style," or forty people with tables and chairs. The meeting room's windows look out onto the Dakota Zoo's waterfowl exhibit area. Technological equipment is available for the room upon request.
The Dakota Zoo's Carol Bothun Memorial Rose Garden can be found across from the prairie dog exhibit, beside the small mammals and reptile building. The garden was created by the Bismarck Mandan Garden Club and is now maintained by Garden Club and Prairie Rose Club members. The Rose Garden provides a beautiful space for zoo visitors to rest for a while. Two Canada Geese are often found near the garden, and red tailed hawks can also sometimes be seen nearby as well.
Animal Care Facility
The more than 600 animals that call the Dakota Zoo home represent over 125 species, and each species has its own health care needs. Many of these animals are threatened or endangered species and are part of joint efforts with wildlife agencies and other zoos in Species Survival Plans. The Species Survival Plans strive to release animals back into nature if there are secure environments, oversee proper breeding program, and assist in ensuring genetic diversity.
The Dr. James and Edna Moses Animal Care Facility at the Dakota Zoo is a completely equipped veterinary hospital. Animals receiving care at the facility are treated by Dr. Kelly Thorsness and Dr. Jim Wheeler, two veterinarians who take the time to volunteer their services to the zoo. Not only do these veterinarians provide veterinary work, but they also conduct several different education presentations within the facility, including seminars suited towards professionals in animal care and hands-on Junior Zookeeper camp demonstrations. Zoo staff also closely observe the Dakota Zoo's animal residents to help ensure their well being. The thorough knowledge zookeepers have of animal habits, along with interaction with the animals on a daily basis, helps possible issues of health to be swiftly identified and treated. Things to Do in Bismarck: Dakota Zoo - Photo: jrobe85/Fotolia
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