The Dakota Zoo is situated within Sertoma Park along the shores of the Missouri River.
The zoo opened in 1961 with 75 mammals and 23 birds, attracting 40,000 annual visitors. Today, the zoo houses 125 species of birds and mammals, attracting over 100,000 visitors each year.
From 1965-1987, Dakota Zoo featured the largest known bear ever held in captivity, named Clyde, who is symbolized as an icon. Efforts to mount Clyde’s body fail. A life-size carving of Clyde made by local artist Dave Ely now stands in the zoo.