Zoo announces plans for Monkeys, Magic and More

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls today announced plans for its "Monkeys, Magic and More" project, which involves an enhancement at the front of the zoo. The project will reshape the entrance of the zoo and draw visitors into a new snow monkey exhibit, according to a news release.

“For the past several years, the zoo has been gaining positive momentum through engaging new exhibits, increased attendance, and a number of new programs, such as ZooTV,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, president and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo. “Monkeys, Magic and More builds on that momentum and helps us reach our goal of creating a world-class zoo, right here in Sioux Falls.”

The Monkeys, Magic and More project will:

  • Reshape the entrance to the zoo, replace old infrastructure, and eliminate exhibit vacancies created by the rhino relocation project.
  • Feature a new snow monkey exhibit right at the front of the zoo with summer and winter viewing opportunities.
  • Enclose the current flamingo exhibit for winter viewing and create a new greeting plaza for zoo guests. 
  • Increase the “curb appeal” of the zoo with a new façade viewable from Kiwanis Avenue,
  • Help the zoo better manage an increased attendance of nearly 235,000 annual visitors – almost double the 2005 attendance.
  • Address space issues within the current museum building with larger education classrooms.

These plans are the latest in a line of improvements the zoo has made in the last five years in conjunction with a master plan of needed improvements approved by the Zoological Society of Sioux Falls Board of Directors, the City Council, and the mayor in 2007.

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