Red River Zoo

Red River Zoo Practices Positive Reinforcement When Training its Otters

The majority of the zoo's training helps with veterinarian procedures

FARGO– The Red River Zoo takes pride in educating its visitors on the wide variety of animals available to see, including its North American River Otters. “They are not a threatened or endangered animal but they give us many opportunities to talk to people about the role that otters may play in an ecosystem,” Red River Zoo executive director Sally…

Red River Zoo Is Home To Endangered Black-footed Ferrets

The ferrets are on permanent loan as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Black-footed Ferret Recovery Program.

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption FARGO, ND –The Red River Zoo is now home to two black-footed ferrets. The ferrets are on permanent loan as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Black-footed Ferret Recovery Program. A member of the weasel family, the black-footed ferret is one of the most endangered animals in North America. It was thought to be extinct…

Red River Zoo Protects and Breeds Endangered Red Panda

The Red Panda was one of the first major attractions to the Red River Zoo

FARGO–The Red River Zoo is working to breed endangered animals. Siblings Waveland and Sheffield have made the Red River Zoo their home. These bamboo eaters are not like your typical pandas. “Obviously, giant pandas are great, but red pandas, they’re very unique,” Red River Zookeeper Marcy Thompson said. “They are in a family all by themselves, they are endangered so…

Baby Camel Overcomes Challenges at Birth to Make Debut at Red River Zoo

Zookeepers enlisted the help of the Minnesota Zoo to make sure she got plasma

FARGO, N.D. — On a stormy June night, a baby Bactrian Camel made her way into the world. But soon after she was born, zookeepers noticed something was off when she tried to feed off her mother. “They usually start to nurse within the first five to eight hours, so we were a little concerned. We wanted to give her as…

Red River Zoo Opens Interactive “Modern Farming” Exhibit

The new play space lets kids learn more about agriculture and farming

FARGO, N.D. — The Red River Zoo is opening up a new exhibit to teach kids about the wonders of agriculture. Kids can explore tractors, play with toys and learn fun facts about what crops everyday objects come from. The Red River Zoo partnered with the North Dakota Soybean Council, Corn Utilization Council, and NDSU Extension Soil Health to create the…

Local Artist Puts Spotlight on Red River Zoo Animals in New Exhibit

Some of the portraits will be made into a book exclusively sold at the zoo

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — An artist from Hawley is turning animals at the Red River Zoo into local celebrities. In 2015, Mark Elton wanted to do something special for his nephew before he was born. So he created an animal alphabet book. “Those pieces came across the desk of the right people which then invited me to come have a show…

LIVE: Zoo-Inspired Art With Artist Mark Elton

"Menagerie II : Animal Portraiture by Mark Elton" Coming To Rourke Art Gallery

  Local artist Mark Elton shows off his latest project on KVRR Local News. “Menagerie II : Animal Portraiture by Mark Elton” is a series of 40 different digital portraits Elton made in partnership with the Red River Zoo. Half of the portraits feature animals at the zoo. Elton says getting a chance to see the animals in person helps…

Red River Zoo Builds New Home for their Porcupines

Within the past two weeks, the porcupine exhibit has gradually moved into a different area of the zoo

FARGO, N.D.–Porcupines at the Red River Zoo have a brand new home! Within the past two weeks, the porcupine exhibit has gradually moved into a different area of the zoo. Staff say the new area is better suited for the animal’s needs. The space is three times the size of the old one and features living grass, trees, and movable…

Update: Owl Spends Night Embedded In Truck Grill

Driver Drove From Kindred Area To Fargo Without Knowing Owl Was Stuck

    FARGO, N.D. — The owl who was embedded in the grill of a pickup had to be euthanized. The owl was discovered by Tyler White when he arrived in Fargo this morning. He had driven from Kindred late last night to the South side of Fargo with the owl in the grill of his pickup. The owl was…

Party For The Planet At Red River Zoo

Luna the Barred Owl helps us prepare for the annual summer season kickoff

  Red River Zoo Executive Director Sally Jacobson and Luna the barred owl join Adam to talk about the annual Party for the Planet. The event is the kickoff for the zoo’s summer season and summer hours. The zoo will be open from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Activities and booths celebrating conservation will be open from 11 to 5,…