Plan Your Visit

Meet Our Animals

The Red River Zoo features exotic and native animals from areas around the world with similar climates to the Red River Valley. We specialize in the care and breeding of some of the world rarest cold climate species.

Complete Animal Listing


Did you know that the word “amphibian” literally means “double life”? This is because amphibians live both in fresh water and on land! All amphibians need water to keep their permeable skin moist and their skin, in turn, assists with their respiration. Amphibians also need water in order to reproduce. There are approximately 3,000 species of amphibians living today: the smallest Paedophryne amauensis was recently discovered in 2012 and is tinier than an M&M. The largest amphibian is the Chinese Giant Salamander which can reach lengths of six feet!

Our Amphibians

Amphibians are on exhibit in our Trapper Cabin.


  • Northern Leopard Frog (Trapper Cabin)
  • Tiger Salamander (Trapper Cabin)

An arthropod is a species that has a skeleton on the outside of its body. Invertebrates, such as insects, arachnids, crustaceans and centipedes all have their skeletons on the outside. All arthropods breathe air, have segmented bodies, and many have antennae and wings. Arthropods make up 80% of all known animal species.

Our Arthropods

Our Arthropod collection is used for outreach programs and are not currently on exhibit.


  • Chilean Rose Tarantula (Outreach)
  • Costa Rican Tarantula (Outreach)
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Outreach)
  • Walking Stick (Outreach)

The Red River Zoo features birds on exhibit in multiple areas.  Aside from main animal exhibits like the Eagle exhibit, Brown Eared Pheasant exhibit, and White Naped Crane exhibit, we have the Asian Aviary, North American Marsh, and our new Children’s Zoo Farm (Opening Spring 2016!)

The Asian Aviary and North American marsh offer feeding stations.  The Red River Zoo also has an assortment of birds in our Outreach Animal program.

Note:  The residents of the North American Marsh are off exhibit during the winter. They’re enjoying a warm winter behind the scenes, but they’ll return to the marsh in the spring.

Our Birds On Exhibit:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Bamboo Partridge Pheasant (Asian Aviary)
  • Black Crowned Night Heron (Asian Aviary)
  • Brown Eared Pheasant
  • Canada Geese (North American Marsh)
  • White Crested Black Polish Chicken (Children’s Zoo Farm)
  • Showgirl Chicken (Children’s Zoo Farm)
  • Easter Egger Chicken (Children’s Zoo Farm)
  • Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken (Children’s Zoo Farm)
  • Hooded Merganser (North American Marsh)
  • Lady Amherst’s Pheasants (Asian Aviary)
  • Mallard (North American Marsh)
  • Mandarin Ducks (Asian Aviary)
  • North American Wood Duck (North American Marsh)
  • Pintail (North American Marsh)
  • Redhead (North American Marsh)
  • Smew (North American Marsh)
  • Spot-Billed Duck (Asian Aviary)
  • Western Cattle Egret (Asian Aviary)
  • White-naped Crane
  • Bar Headed Geese (Asian Aviary)
  • Red Breasted Geese (Asian Aviary)

With over 32,000 species, fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other group of vertebrates. Scientists  group fish into three main groups: the jawless fish, including lamprey and hagfish; the cartilaginous fish, including rays and sharks; and bony fish, including sturgeon, perch, and thousands of others. The ponds at the Red River Zoo are full of beautiful bony fish!

* The fish are off exhibit in the winter. Once its warm again you can see them in the many beautiful ponds throughout the zoo.

Our Fish

  • Buffalo Head Carp
  • Koi
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Sunfish

Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates (animals with backbones), who breathe air, grow hair at some stage of their lives, and nourish their babies with milk. There are over 4,000 mammal species on earth, living in the air, on the land, or in the sea.

Our Mammals

Children’s Zoo Farm

  • San Clemente Island Goats
  • Rex Rabbit
  • Lop Rabbit
  • Havana Rabbit
  • Dexter Cow
  • Dutch Belted Cow
  • Gypsy Vanner Horse
  • Hereford Hogs
  • Jacob’s Four Horned Sheep


South American Exhibit

  • Linne’s Two-toed Sloth
  • Six-banded Armadillo
  • White-faced Saki Monkeys


Main Zoo Area

  • Bactrian Camels
  • Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
  • Grey Fox
  • Grey Wolves
  • Mule Deer
  • North American Porcupines
  • North American River Otter
  • Pallas’ Cats
  • Red Pandas
  • Russian Red Tree Squirrels
  • Sichuan Takin
  • Whitetailed Deer

Surprisingly, some reptiles are actually more closely related to birds than they are to other reptiles. Reptiles usually lay eggs, their body is covered with scales or scutes (as are the feet of birds) and their lungs are their primary breathing organ. Unlike warm-blooded birds though, reptiles are ectotherms, which means that their body temperature varies with that of their environment. There are over 6,500 reptile species, ranging from tiny lizards, snakes, tuatara, turtles, tortoises, to alligators and giant crocodiles.

Our Reptiles

  • Blanding’s Turtle
  • Bull Snake
  • Mississippi Map Turtle
  • Northern Blue-tongued Skink
  • Snapping Turtle
  • Three-toed Box Turtle
Outreach Animals

The Red River Zoo animals can even come to you! Animal Outreach programs connect people with nature through hands-on animal encounter classroom presentations, assemblies, and information booths. Every program can be adapted for any age or grade and can focus on a specific topic: Animal Basics, Night and Day, Survival of the Fittest, Animal Tales and many more!

For more information call our Education Department today! (701) 277-9240 extension:309

Learn More about our ZOOmobile programs

Our Outreach Animals

  • American Kestrel
  • African Pygmy Hedgehog
  • Ball Python
  • Barred Owl
  • Blue and Gold Macaw
  • Bull Snake
  • Cornsnake/Red Ratsnake
  • Crested Gecko
  • Domestic Chickens
  • Domestic Rabbits
  • Indian Walking Stick
  • Inland Bearded Dragon
  • Leopard Gecko
  • Long-tailed Chinchilla
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  • Northern Blue-tongued Skink
  • Royal/Ball Python
  • Russian Sand Boa
  • Sulfur Crested Cockatoo
  • Three-toed Box Turtle
  • Turkmenian Sand Boa

Children’s Zoo Farm

The re-imagined Zoo Farm is a fun based learning area that features a wide range of animals and flora. You’ll enter through an Interpretive Center where children can learn about how plants grow and healthy eating habits. The Interpretive Center features a fully functional Bee Hive!

What’s on the Zoo Farm

Species Survival Plan (SSP)

The AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program cooperatively manages threatened or endangered species within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, and Sustainability Partners.

As part of our conservation mission, the Red River Zoo is an active participant in SSP programs. Our signature SSP program animals include:


  • Chinese Red Panda
  • Sichuan Takin
  • White Naped Crane
  • Pallas’ Cat
  • North American Porcupine
  • North American River Otter