Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls opens 2 new exhibits, more coming soon

The Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls recently opened two new exhibits with two more openings to come in the next few weeks.

One of the openings will be the newly remodeled black bear exhibit while the other will feature a rescued bobcat.

Already, the new “Americas” exhibit, which features animals from North and South America, and Natasha the Komodo Dragon’s new exhibit have been popular with guests.

“Our zoo is going through a really exciting transition right now,” said Denise DePaolo, director of PR and engagement for the zoo, said. “And the kids just love seeing everything.”

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New Americas exhibit

The Americas exhibit is in the little green building where the Creepy Crawlers exhibit used to be. Those animals have been redistributed to other habitats in the zoo.

There are two red tail boa constrictors, which are non-venomous snakes found in tropical South America and the Caribbean, in the Americas exhibit. One will stay there full-time and the other is an educational animal, meaning it will be involved in programs like the Zoomobile for children to see, touch and learn about.

The Americas exhibit will also feature an armadillo, bats, a black and white tegu, and the zoo’s Gila monster.

“Most of these animals have lived behind the scenes for a little while now, and we’ve been waiting for this exhibit to be finished,” DePaolo said.

The exhibit is the work of zoo staff, who had a strong hand in developing the concept, choosing the animals and creating the exhibit.

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