chahinkapa zoo

Discover North Dakota: Wahpeton/Breckenridge

Take A Virtual Road Trip To One Of The Great Areas In Our Region

  We are discovering North Dakota this week on the KVRR Local News morning show. Each day we’re exploring a different area ahead of summer travel season. Today we learned about the Wahpeton/Breckenridge area. Wahpeton is home to the Chahinkapa Zoo, and attractions like Wahpper, the world’s largest catfish. They’re having a busy summer, with Blue Goose Days this June,…

LIVE: Chahinkapa Zoo Planning For New Animals

Tigers, Giraffes & Lions Could Soon Come To Wahpeton

  Some wild new friends could be coming to the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton. The zoo opens for the season April 24th. Zoo Director Kathy Diekman says an event over the weekend drew over 500 more people than they anticipated. They’re planning for some big new additions. The zoo could get tigers as soon as this year. Plus, there are…

Social Distancing: Bear With Me

Bears Are Expert Social Distancers

  Spring is almost here. A season of rebirth. A lot of us are itching to get out after spending a pandemic winter stuck inside. I found a couple of guys who knew how to quarantine right during COVID. Bears! These are the brother and sister grizzly pair Cocoa and Copper at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton. And they’re a…

Social Distancing: Spread Your Wings

A Rehabilitated Owl Spreads Its Wings As We Hope To After COVID

  Do you ever feel like you need to just bust out and spread your wings? That’s an understandable feeling, especially right now while we’re still under the weight of the pandemic. And this guy can relate. With the nice weather, I went to a behind-the-scenes event they had at Chahinkapah Zoo Tuesday afternoon. Part of the experience was watching…

Tal Picks Tampa Bay To Win The Super Bowl

WAHPETON, N.D. — Did Tal the Orangutan get it right? The great ape at Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton has been picking Super Bowl winners since 2011. He chose Tampa Bay to win this year over the Kansas City Chiefs. Every year, the zoo paints the logos of the super bowl teams on footballs and puts them in his enclosure. He…

Social Distancing: Do As The Bears Do

See How Grizzlies At The Chahinkapa Zoo Enforce Social Distancing

  My girlfriend and I celebrated two years together over the weekend. Happy anniversary, sweetie! It’s hard trying to find a proper way to celebrate during COVID-19. We didn’t want to travel anywhere too far, So we settled on a little day trip to the Chahinkapa Zoo, where even the animals were in on social distancing. One of their grizzlies…

Chahinkapa Zoo Pushes Back Season Opener

The zoo planned to open for the year on April 25th, but will be pushing back the start date due to the pandemic.

WAHPETON, N.D. – Staff at Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton say that COVID-19 is pushing their season opening back, but it will not cancel it entirely. The zoo planned to open for the year on April 25th, but will be pushing back the start date due to the pandemic. Currently, all 11 employees are still working full time, as the animals…

Chahinkapa Zoo’s Bengal Tiger, Hobbes, Passes Away

WAHPETON, N.D.–The Chahinkapa Zoo announced that their Bengal tiger, Hobbes, passed away on Tuesday. Hobbes would have turned 17 on March 30. Neena, Hobbe’s sister passed away in 2019. The zoo posted a tribute to Hobbes on its Facebook page. “Hobbes, our dear Bengal tiger passed away today, March 3, 2020. Through the years Neena and Hobbes delighted and thrilled…

“Neena” The Tiger Has Died

Chahinkapa Zoo Director Kathy Diekman says Neena was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis and received excellent veterinary care to keep her comfortable.

WAHPETON, N.D. (KFGO) – Neena, the white Bengal tiger at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, has died. Chahinkapa Zoo Director Kathy Diekman says Neena was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis and received excellent veterinary care to keep her comfortable. Neena was 17 years old. She was a young tiger when she was moved to Wahpeton from the Wildlife World Zoo in…

Tal the Orangutan at the Chahinkapa Zoo Makes Music

Tal is playing his recorder alongside the New York Kammermusiker in a musical performance

WAHPETON, N.D.–┬áTal the orangutan at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton is making music. Tal is playing his recorder alongside the New York Kammermusiker in a musical performance. The zoo often uses classical music as a form of enrichment. The performance is the zoo’s effort to educate visitors on International Orangutan Day. “We learned the classical music really calms them and…