Monthly Archives: November 2012

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!

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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!

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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.