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Chahinkapa Zoo, Wahpeton

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Chahinkapa Zoo is an 29-acre (12 ha) zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Opened in 1933 on land that had been purchased in 1903, it is the first zoo built in North Dakota. It is open May through October and by appointment during the winter. It features over 200 animals ranging from gibbon apes to Bengal tigers and White rhinos.

Chahinkapa Zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1995.
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  • This is a gem of a small zoo to visit. You can get up close and see the great selection of animals at this zoo. It's too bad it is a bit off the beaten path because it offers great entertainment. A...  more »
  • We did the behind the scenes tour with director and curator and it was absolutely awesome. We have done behind the scenes activities at a half dozen or so world renowned zoos and this one was not...  more »
  • We stayed this summer in one of the cabins you can rent at the zoo. Have to say this has been one of the best experiences i have ever had away from home with my family. Not only was it a steal at like $35 a night. But kids loved hearing the rhinos right behind the cabin. Sleeping and hearing the exotic animals was surreal. Had to walk 20 feet to a nice free bathroom and showers was only downside. But the fact the cabin was so family friendly more then made up for it. Even though it was small the inside was all furnished with heavy duty furniture. Have two small sons this was very appreciated. I cant stress enough to anyone how cool of a place this was to visit. Zoo was cool also. Had some animals and such.
  • I was kinda bummed they didn't do any reciprocity with the Fargo Zoo. With two adults and a 4 year old it was $34 (with a military discount). They have a few exotic animals: Rhino, Zebra, Kangaroos, and maybe a couple others. The structure and quality of the exhibits is dated. It's not a zoo you would go out of your way to get to. Overall it's an okay visit, but I wouldn't go multiple times probably.

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