Zoo to get family-friendly facelift
Last week, the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls announced a charitable gift from the Hy-Vee grocery store chain that will help make the zoo more friendly to children and families.
The zoo will use the $250,000 gift to create the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm. According to a press release, the farm will include the following:
- Overhead goat bridges where visitors can experience goats and sheep clip-clopping over their heads.
- Camel rides this summer.
- New open fencing for up-close feeding and petting opportunities for San Clemente Island Goats, Jacob’s Sheep, Dexter Cattle and Belted Galloway Cattle.
- Feeding opportunities for Chickens and a Clydesdale.
- A life-size cow which kids can “milk” for soapy water.
- A mining sluice where kids can pan for gems or fossils.
- Giant egg shells that kids can climb on and play in.
- Future enhancements including a Koi Dock, where kids can pet and feed giant fish.
“The Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm is an area where kids not only view animals, but have unique opportunities to feed and touch them," Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo, said in the release. "These interactions are so important to a child’s development. We are so grateful to Hy-Vee for providing us with additional resources to help us enhance our visitors’ experiences.”