Red River Zoo

Red River Zoo Opens its Doors to Kids Celebrating Halloween Early

"Boo at the Zoo" allows kids to trick-or-treat while seeing zoo animals

FARGO, N.D. — With Halloween just under two weeks away, kids got into the Halloween spirit at the Red River Zoo. At the annual “Boo at the Zoo”, kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes while also getting some treats from volunteers from 40 different organizations. Even though the temperatures are a little colder, the zoo’s executive director says hosting a…

Red River Zoo Hosts 3rd Annual Zoo Brew

This 21 and over event features live music and beer samples from nine different local vendors

FARGO– The Red River Zoo is gearing up for its 3rd annual Zoo Brew. This 21 and over event features live music and beer samples from nine different vendors. Guests can sip on their beer as they walk through the zoo and enjoy the animals. All proceeds from the event are used to support the zoo throughout the cold winter months….

Red River Zoo Provides Geriatric Animals with Quality Care

Zoo staff monitor blood, body fluids, and watch for any changes in the animals

FARGO– Red River Zoo staff do their best to provide their geriatric animals with proper care. Shelley, a 36–year–old box turtle, is the Red River Zoo’s oldest resident. “Domestic animals are living longer,” Red River Zoo attending veterinarian Tom Colville said. “Dogs, cats, they’re living longer than they used to. So, geriatric medicine has become just a feature of everyday…

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.

ferret2 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 until 1981 when a…

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…