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As conservation leaders, the Red River Zoo connects our community to nature and inspires people to help save species.
The Red River Zoological Society was formed in 1993 with the intent of building a premier zoological facility in Fargo, North Dakota. Thanks to the progressive vision and thinking of leaders in the Fargo community, the Red River Zoo was constructed and opened to the public in May of 1999.
Primary areas represented are North America, Northern Asia and Northern Europe. The Zoo also features a modern Children’s Zoo Farm which focuses on heritage breeds and teaching children where their food comes from and why biodiversity is important. The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a primary attraction for the city of Fargo and surrounding area.
The Red River Zoo has experienced steady, continuous growth and is now 22 developed acres and featuring a collection of approximately 89 species from around the world. Focusing almost exclusively on cold climate species, the Red River Zoo has a unique collection and has had impressive success in breeding some of the worlds rare and endangered species, including Chinese Red Pandas, Pallas’ Cats and Sichuan Takin. In 2013, the Red River Zoo received an Outstanding Achievement award in the Edward H. Bean Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for our conservation work with Chinese Red Pandas.