Basic Organization Information
Zoological Society of Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo & Museum
- Also Known As:
Great Plains Zoo & Delbrige Museum
- Physical Address:
Sioux Falls, SD
- Web URL:
- NTEE Category:
D Animal related
D50 Zoo, Zoological Society
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A56 Natural History, Natural Science Museums
- Ruling Year:
The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History fosters greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery.
Ms. Elizabeth Whealy
Ms. Whealy has been a leader on conservation and animal care issues for over a decade.
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
Zoo Education Programs
- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is focused on education, conservation, recreation and discovery. Our education program provides classes, camps and outreach programs, including ZooMobile visits, that impact over 30,000 youth every year. Our animal care program is second to none and we are participants in programs affecting 16 rare and endangered species housed at our Zoo. We are a Zoo that is fulfilling its mission to the world by helping to increase the population of endangered species like snow leopards and rhinos, as well as a Zoo that is fulfilling its mission to the community by providing a fun place to visit and learn.
Program Long-Term Success:
The Great Plains Zoo hosted a successful Jungle Jubilee fundraiser that gave community members the opportunity to purchase exciting prize packages such as fire truck rides, behind-the-scenes zoo visits and artwork donated by businesses and individuals. The proceeds help support Zoo operations
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
The Sioux Falls area is paying attention to the major changes that have occurred at the Zoo. Attendance has almost doubled in the past four years, to over 250,000 visitors in 2009. Memberships are up 50%. ZooCamp attendance is up 40%. People are "voting with their feet" and choosing a day at the Zoo!
In addition to major build-outs for Rhinoceros, Asian Cats and the new Face-to-Face Farm over the last three years, the Zoo has also engaged visitors with a number of other improvements.
2007 - Albino Alligator traveling exhibit
2007 - Complete facelift of "Creepy Crawlers", home to bugs and amphibians
2007 - Ground FX interactive play pad
2008 - The ZooVie Theatre where kids can project themselves into the movies
2008 - The return of the Bison and Pronghorn to North America
2009 - Camel rides
2009 - A new pair of Black Bears right at the entrance of the Zoo
Rhino relocation is currently under construction - with a Grand Opening in 2010. This project will move our endangered Easter Black Rhinos to a more comfortable exhibit area that will engage our visitors. The rhinos will be moved to a spacious facility with an indoor winter day room. In addition, the Rhinos will have exercise yards so that all members of our rhino family can get good exercise, daylight and fresh air every day. Visitors will learn about Africa, and the importance of these animals, while participating with Zookeepers in programs with the animals themselves. Throughout the years, guests will be able to watch this significant breeding pair raise their family of rhinos, a critical aspect for this global pouplation.
"Monkeys, Magic and More" is the current Chamber of Commerce's Community Appeals capital campaign project. This stunning advancement will add eye-catching appeal to the entrance of the Zoo with a magical, themed entryway that will draw us in to a new Snow Monkey exhibit. Motion, sound and the excitement of monkeys will begin our guests' new adventure at the Zoo. The overall goal for the project is $5 million. The Chamber Appeals portion of that goal is $1.5 million.