Its Not Goodbye, Its See You Later.


(Sam, Anna, Rachel)

Our last blog together….


Hey guys! So as happy as I am that the semester is over and I’ll soon be out sledding, skiing, and doing anything, but homework. I am sad to say goodbye to this blog. Never before have I had a blog, and I have to say it was truly a fun experience. The Red River Zoo is a wonderful place, making blogging on behalf of it effortless. From this experience I might even start my own blog in the future, so look out!



Hey Guys,

It’s finals week and we are very stressed, but to be honest, I’m really sad this class is coming to a close. It was excited to come to class over time and share ideas with Anna and Rachel about what our next post would be about! I’m really going to miss this class and our great team! Thanks for supporting us and reading our blog! I love the Red River Zoo and I’m so happy I was able to share my knowledge with all of you. I started working at the zoo when I was a freshman, so it has been fun watching the zoo grow. The zoo has so many great things to offer. It’s a great place for families and the community to come together and learn about animals and conservation. I plan to keep writing and sharing about all the new things happening at the zoo.



I’m so proud of what we accomplished for the Red River Zoo as first-time bloggers. I learned so much about animal conservation and blogging, but lets’s be honest, I’m happy that the semester is coming to a close. I’m writing this with a very biitersweet taste in my mouth, but life is about change. I’ll miss getting together with Rachel and Sam every Monday and Wednesday, but we’ll still see each other. Sam wants to keep the blog going, so have no fear, you can still get your weekly updates and doses of the lovely Red River Zoo. I’ll give her a hand if she ever needs my picture-taking abilities, but its her baby now.  Farewell my Red River Zoo blog friends! Its not goodbye, its see you later.



Our Trip to the Zoo!

Our trip the Red River Zoo

As our semester draws to a close, our minds are flooded with thoughts of papers, tests, and final projects. The three of us decided what better way to take a break and clear our heads for an hour or two by taking a stroll through the Red River Zoo!


Our friends, the wolves, greeted us with a friendly howl and ran up to the fence to say hello. We noticed how thick their coats were as they prepare for another North Dakota Winter.




The goats were especially happy to see us as they stood up against their fence to get our attention. One of them even gave us a smile… it was unexpected, but had us laughing.


Baby Taji (who’s not so little anymore), was out climbing trees with his parents, but not feeling very photogenic. He had other things on his mind instead of posing for a picture, like following his mom around.


We ended our relaxing walk through the zoo with a send-off from the peacock as he stood on top of a fence and watched us leave. Farewell friends!


If you need a brief get-a-way from the stress of finals, we recommend you take a trip to the Red River Zoo too!

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Jaws, Paws, and Santa Claus! (Review in Pictures)

Did anyone make it to the Christmas event, Jaws, Paws and Santa Clause? It was a hit! Kids and adults got to chill with Santa, take family photos, ride the carousel, and eat sandwiches from Erbert and Gerbert’s. Activities and arts and crafts filled the wolf cabin as the junior zoo keepers were there to take out the smaller education animals, like the snakes and rabbits. After the fun was over in the carousel pavilion, people gathered around the wolf cabin to watch Christmas-themed animal enrichment. Zoo visitors watched with awe as the wolves tore into gifts of meat. If you are disappointed that you missed out, don’t worry! The final Christmas event Jaws, Paws and Santa Clause 2012 will be this Saturday! Order tickets ahead online.

Check out the pictures below!



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Gift-Giving Ideas the Whole Family will Love

Gift-Giving Ideas the Whole Family will Love

Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift for the entire family that won’t end up in the back of a closet or shoved under a bed? You might want to consider a membership to the Red River Zoo. If you purchase a membership as a gift, it will be good for an entire year. Members receive 10% off on all gift shop items, so parents would love this additional feature. Plus, a bonus that many people forget about, is that members from the Red River Zoo can get in free or half-off at more then 150 zoos around the country! This gift would pay for itself after 2 visits to the zoo and it is much better than a boring fruit basket!

Individual: One Individual would get in for free for the next year. Great for a collage student who loves animals.

Family: Two adults and all their children who live with them that are under the age of 18.
Grandparent: Two adults and all their grandkids under the age of 18.
Patron: Same as the Family/Grandparent membership but all members receive free carousel rides ($2 per each ride value). Four day passes are also included.

*Day passes are also available for purchase.

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Jaws, Paws, and Lunch with Santa Claus

Jaws, Paws, and Lunch with Santa Claus

The holiday season is upon us, so the Red River Zoo is getting festive December 1 and 8 with “Jaws, Paws and Lunch with Santa Claus.” During these two days, the Red River Zoo provides a day filled with holiday fun for the whole family. The event includes, lunch with Santa, family photos with Santa, carousel rides, crafts, critter carts, and even a “zooper” gift from Santa! Both events will be held from 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 a.m. at the Red River Zoo. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children. Purchase yours today as they are going fast. Happy holidays, we hope to see you there!

To purchase tickets visit:

Welcome to the Red River Zoo, Canada Goose!

We’d like to give a big-Red-River-Zoo welcome to the newest member, a Canada Goose!Image This special goose was born with Angel Wings. It’s a disease where the flight feathers grow so fast, that the wing muscles can’t keep up and don’t develop, so flying isn’t an option.  It will be a companion to our other Canada Goose that suffers from the same condition. Many zoo visitors are concerned that the zoo staff altered the geese’s wings, but this isn’t the case. The Red River Zoo is giving these waterfowls a chance at a long and happy life; that’s something they wouldn’t have in the wild. This particular goose was found by a small-business owner in Dilworth, MN, who contacted the zoo so the Canada Goose would have a safe home.  

The picture above is an example of Angel Wings.

Come to the Red River Zoo this weekend to welcome our special friend! 

Leave some comments for the newest arrival to the zoo!




Looking for a new way to celebrate the Thanksgiving season? Why not bring the family to the Red River Zoo for a day of giving thanks for all of the endangered animals that live with us right here in Fargo. On Sunday, November 18th from 1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. ZooVentures will be going on and is the perfect way to spend some time with the family. Families will be able to make crafts together, learn about the importance of endangered species, and the impact the zoo has on these animals.

The cost is $10 per person for members, or $15 for non-members. Spots are filling up fast, so register today!

What’s Your Opinion?

Common Peafowls


The Red River Zoo is proud to be the home of a muster (group of peafowl) of common peafowl. If you’ve been to the Red River Zoo, you’re sure to have seen these majestic birds. They are a member of the genus Pavo, which is a part of the pheasant family. India displays the peacock as the National Bird of their nation.

Interestingly, males are called peacocks, female peahens, and newborns peachicks. It’s very simple to tell the males and female apart. Peacocks will have the brilliant display of colored feathers, while peahens are grey or brown. Peacocks also have eye-spotted tails (trains). These trains are used to attract peahens. In general, peacocks are 35-50 inches plus 5 feet for their tail. They weigh in anywhere from 8.75-13 pounds.

Peafowls are omnivorous having a diet consisting mostly of plants and insects. They spend most of their time on the ground, as they are forest birds.

If you want your own authentic peacock feather, you can find them in the Red River Zoo’s gift shop.

Community Day Sale 2012

Do you love shopping, your community, and supporting the Red River Zoo?

You are in luck!

The Community Days Sale 2012 will be this Friday and Saturday (November 9-10). If you purchase a coupon book for $5, all the proceeds go to the Red River Zoo. Plus, by purchasing this little book, you could potentially gain $400 in coupon savings. Look at it this way, if you buy this book, which includes a $10-off coupon for anything in the stores, you automatically are $5 ahead. If you’re shopping anyway, it pays for itself!

Stores that accept these coupons are: Herberger’s, Younkers, P-A-R-I-S-I-A-N, BON*TON, Bergner’s Boston Store, Carson’s, and Elder-Beerman. If you are bummed that you cant make it into the stores, don’t be! You can use your coupon online.

If you are interested in getting one of these coupon books before the big sale, you can contact the Red River Zoo, purchase one at the West Acres mall on Thursday, or you can comment on our blog and we can hook you up.

The Red River Zoo is a non-profit organization that strives for community support to spread conservation awareness. By purchasing this coupon book, you not only get great deals, but get to you help the zoo achieve their goal.