Full Summer Hours Start Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of full summer hours in several areas at the Roosevelt Park Zoo. First, starting Saturday, we’re open later with hours from 10am-8pm. The Giraffe Feeding Station will be open every day at 10:00 and 3:00. The train, the RPZ Express will run daily from 10-5 on the weekends and from 11-4 on weekdays.
Entrance & Exits for Memorial Day Weekend
Construction on Burdick Expressway has not interrupted entrance and exit points for the Zoo. There is two way traffic, but drivers have access in or out to both east or west bound lanes. Full article from the City of Minot: http://bit.ly/2qoigFb
Giraffe Feeding Station Open Twice Daily
Take a walk on the wild side. Starting Saturday, May 27, the Giraffe Feeding Station is open at 10:00 and 3:00 every day. For $5, you can feed lettuce leaves or tree brows to Reticulated Giraffes Kianga & Mashama. The money raised at the Giraffe Feeding Station goes toward giraffe care here at RPZ in the morning and then toward the Giraffe Conservation Alliance in the afternoon.
Hemker Heading for Texas
Our male Cotton-Topped Tamarin was matched for a breeding recommendation in San Antonio, Texas. We will miss Hemker and his often sour door-greeter face, but he will be doing the most good for his South American species further south from here. Fun fact: Hemker was named for Hemker Park & Zoo in Minnesota after all their help through the 2011 Mouse River Flood.
Mokolo Moves to Pennsylvania
Mokolo was born Christmas Day 2015, now big enough to leave his parents. Mokolo has moved to Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, Pennsylvania, where he joins a young bachelor group of giraffes. Best of luck, dear Mokolo.
Baby Goats Meet Our Visitors
Bickle, Andy & Spelch are outside every day now, barring bad weather. They’re borrowing the traditional goat pen while the goat bridge is under construction. Longtime RPZ goat resident Ernie is rooming with the sheep for a bit while the babies enjoy his jungle gym.
Glass Viewing for Red Pandas
Fred & George are close enough to touch with our new modern glass viewing feature. Glass makes the additional perimeter fence unnecessary so guests can be closer than ever during our red panda training sessions.
Caring for an Elderly Penguin
Spanky is 33-years-old. We’re doing our research before his June birthday, but we think he’s the oldest male penguin in the U.S. He sees an ophthalmologist for his aging eyes but overall, he’s in great health. With his advanced age, he is a bit more sensitive to quick increases in temperature. That’s why on Saturday, when the temperature jumped from 60-85 for the first time this season, we chose to keep him inside under veterinary care.
Goat Bridge Construction Begins
Community Rocks 2017 raised $25,000 to bring mini-goats to our Children’s Zoo. Designed by Anderson, Wade & Whitty – it will be A2 Customs taking the lead on bridge construction. Construction began the first week of May.