Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!


We hope you’re all having a wonderful Halloween! Were you able to make it to the Boo at the Zoo? The zoo had record attendance for this event and everyone had an awesome time. Check out these pictures Rachel took at the Boo at the Zoo. 



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BOO at the ZOO!

BOO at the ZOO!


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Wednesday, October 24 at 3:15pm-4:45pm

Learn many cool facts about cockroaches and other creepy crawlers, have a cockroach race, and make a creepy craft. It sounds like a good family-fun experience to us!

Pint Size Explorers: Rad Roaches

Wolf Awareness Week!



Hey guys! Guess what? Wolf Awareness Week is happening now at the Red River Zoo and nationally from October 14th-20th. Everyone is welcome to come and learn about wolves and the importance they have in our environment. The zoo will also be talking about conservation programs that are in place to protect wolves.

Take part in the celebration with any of these fun events:

• Teacher activity- living in a pack: learning how wolves communicate
• Wolf Tales Contest
• Feast of Famine Wolf Feeding
• Wile about Wolves for K-6th graders
• Wolf Awareness Activity Day

For more details on these activities visit the link below. The zoo hopes you take part in this eventful week!

Taiji (Red Panda) Trivia!

Name Chosen for Red Panda Cub


This fall, the Red River Zoo offered anyone in the community a chance to be part of naming their new addition; a red panda cub. On Monday, the Zoo announced that the cute little guy’s name was Taiji (Tie-Jee), which means “birthmark” in Chinese. Amanda Saul came up with this creative name. The Zoo says, “We thought it was perfect considering the little black spot on his muzzle.”

The cub was born last May to the proud panda parents, Yukiko and Shantou, who were brought to the Zoo five years ago all the way from Japan. Taiji spent most of the past few months resting up, but now he is ready to see the world!

As a way to celebrate his debut, the Zoo extended the opportunity for anyone in the community to name the cub. The criteria for the contest were that all entries had to include a brief essay explaining why the person thinks the name they chose would be ideal for the cub, and the name had to relate to the habitat of red pandas. A total of 28 essays were submitted.

Head on over to the Zoo today to say hello to Taiji!

Bactrian Camels


You might remember seeing these friendly guys off of on I-94 on your drive to work or school, but now the Bactrian Camels at the Red River Zoo are settling in their new exhibit that was funded by the Fargo West Rotary. The camels were moved to a bigger grass and sand area that has a pond for them to soak in. Bactrian Camels are unique because of their two humps, when most camels only have one. They originate from East Asia’s rocky deserts, but they like living in Fargo because they’re built for extreme temperatures. In the desert, the temperature ranged from 100ºF to -20ºF. They can go long periods of time without water because they store it in their humps. When they do drink, they soak it up like a sponge. A camel can drink 30 gallons of water in 13 minutes! 

These camels are rare and endangered. There are less than 1000 left in world today, so stop in and pay these guys a visit!

Feast or Famine

Tomorrow (October, 4th) is the first Feast or Famine of the season! Come sit back in the Trapper’s Cabin and learn about the natural eating habits of the gray wolves. You can watch them devour a whole deer carcass while listening to a presentation. Feat or Famine will take place the first Thursday of every month. Red River Zoo members can attend Feat or Famine for $15 and other zoo guest can attend for only $20. Space is limited so make sure you call in advance. There are still a few seats open for tomorrow’s presentation!

Are you a deer hunter? The Zoo is taking whole deer carcass donations. Meat is an essential part of the wolves diet and your donations could make a big difference.

If you would like to donate your hunt please call at 701-277-9240.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pumpkin Carving Contest

October is finally here, so come to the Red River Zoo to take part in Halloween festivities. Participate in the Pumpkin Carving Contest and let your creativity be shown to all during this spooky fun event Saturday, Oct 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m. You will also hear about the whole history behind pumpkin carving, so don’t miss out! Pumpkins are provided by the zoo, and the event is open to everyone. To download the registration form visit the link below: