Zoo to get family-friendly facelift

Face-to-Face Farm will be created by the Great Plains Zoo thanks to the $250,000 gift from HyVee.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.”

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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