August 26, 2014

World Class Artist to Visit Fargo for ZOOlebration! Celebration

The Red River Zoo is pleased to announce the guest artist for this year's Zoolebration! Celebration: Hans Droog will be visiting Fargo for the event.

Originally from the Netherlands, where artist Hans Droog completed his formal Fine Art education, he worked for 3 years in Southern France, showing his work in local Galleries. Hans has been living and working in the United States since 1984 and settled in the countryside in the Hermann area, about 1 1/2 hours west of St. Louis.

Many of Hans' paintings were inspired by the American farm life including its people, animals, and equipment.

In addition to showing his work in galleries, Hans also worked for businesses in the area designing beer steins for Anheuser Busch, posters for John Deere, and many others.

While most of Hans' work consists of paintings, he also has done commissioned work in steel and wood. In his local town, Hans' fabricated numeral gold covered steel statues of deer, several murals and fine furniture in wood for local B&B's.

Hans has been making the "Zoofari" posters for the St. Louis Zoo since 1998 and is the featured artist for the Red River Zoo’s ZOOlebration! Celebration. Hans will be donating his original painting featured in this year's celebration to the live auction to help support the conservation work of the Red River Zoo.

May 9, 2014

Red River Zoo celebrates multiple animal births!

The Red River Zoo announces the birth of a female Bactrian Camel born Wednesday, April 2nd. The calf was born at approx. 12:30 pm with Zookeeper staff and zoo veterinarian Dr. Tom Colville present. General Curator, Erick Lamun and Dr. Colville assisted in delivering the calf. There were no complications and the calf was standing within an hour, and started nursing three hours later.

The Zoo also added a juvenile female camel, Amara (which is a Mongolian name meaning "peaceful”) earlier this Spring. This brings the Red River Zoo herd total to four- three females and one male. Bactrian Camels are critically endangered in the wild.

In addition to the new Bactrian Camel calf, the zoo is also proud to report the birth of a female North American Porcupine on March 30, 2014. The "porcupette" is healthy and eating solid food.

Four pygmy goats kids were also been born in early and mid April in the Children's Zoo Farm.

With all of the new baby animals, the Red River Zoo will be holding a Baby Shower this weekend through May 31st. Visitors can see the new calf with her family in their exhibit, then stop by the Carousel Pavilion to see what baby animals need, and to vote on their favorite name for the new camel calf.

November 5, 2013

Red River Zoo Recognized with Prestigious Bean Award

Silver Spring, Maryland - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Red River Zoo has received Significant Achievement with a 2013 Edward H. Bean Award for its long-term propagation and management of red pandas.

"The AZA Bean Award acknowledges the Red River Zoo for its incredible leadership in conservation science," said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. "It is important to recognize the hard work that will help prevent red pandas and other imperiled species from going extinct."

"The Red River Zoo is a perfect example of how even small zoos can make serious, significant, and real-world contributions to conservation," said Red River Zoo Director Lisa Tate. "By taking our conservation mission seriously, we have been able to sharply focus on our red panda breeding program, making it highly successful and effective. The Red River Zoo's ongoing contributions to red panda propagation, including importing much needed genetically diverse animals from China, illustrates our dedication to this species."

The Edward H. Bean Award is a historic award within AZA, established in September 1956, honoring the first director of Chicago's Brookfield Zoo and one of the founders of AZA. The Edward H. Bean Award recognizes propagation or management programs that contribute to the reproductive success of one or more species and/or subspecies.

The Red River Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which does not receive any tax based funding. As a result, the zoo's financial resources are limited. However, despite these constraints, the Red River Zoo plays an important role in the conservation and propagation of the red panda styani subspecies.

In 1993, the Red River Zoological Society was formed with the mission of developing a zoological park dedicated to education and conservation of rare and endangered species - the Red River Zoo. In the spring of 1999, the Red River Zoo opened its doors and one year later celebrated the birth of its first Chinese red panda. In February 2007, at the request of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Red Panda Species Survival Plan® (SSP), the zoo imported a male and female red panda from Japan to assist in increasing the genetic diversity of the North American population. This was at a cost of $40,000, which is a large expenditure for a zoo of this size. This illustrates the zoo’s dedication and ongoing commitment to the conservation and propagation of this subspecies. Since 2000, the Red River Zoo has celebrated 12 more successful births, and the zoo is responsible for the birth of one-fifth of the 61 red panda in North America.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more visit

September 15, 2013

Opening of Otter Rapids at the Red River Zoo

The Red River Zoo will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference on Monday, September 16th at 10:00 am.

Otter Rapids, the Red River Zoo’s newest exhibit, is a premier attraction and River Otter habitat. The project was designed by Schultz and Associates in consultation with Zoo professionals to create this immersion habitat. The exhibit was made possible by a generous donation by Bob and Linda Wilm.

Zoo visitors will be able to see and feel what it is like to be a River Otter by entering an indoor “otters den”. The public will be able to watch otters both on land and swimming underwater.

The exhibit was built primarily with local contractors along with firms in Bismarck and an internationally recognized company that specializes in theming for zoos and aquariums.

The Zoo is excited to showcase this new exhibit to the public on September 16th at 10:00 am following a formal ribbon cutting ceremony with the exhibit’s donors, builders, Red River Zoological Society Board of Directors, and the FMWF Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The Red River Zoo will be open every day in September from 10 am to 5 pm to premiere this stellar new addition.

August 26, 2013

Red River Zoo Unveils New Public Art Piece

Thanks to a grant received by the Red River Zoo, a new glass mosaic art piece is being unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday, September 3rd at 10:00 am at the Zoo. The grant is part of The City Arts Partnership Grant Program, funded by the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo. This grant is administered by The Arts Partnership.

The artist, Magda McGowan Szeitz, has a BFA from MSUM and has been an artist for over 23 years. She has done numerous commissions and her work has shown nationally. The glass mosaic tells the story of the Zoo’s history, featuring animals from the past, present, and future of the zoo.

Please join us for the unveiling and be the first to see this beautiful new piece of public art!