A Pallas Cat

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 specie

Sichuan Takin

A Sichuan Takin

Jacob Sheep

Jacob Sheep

Grey Wolf

Grey Wolf

Swift Fox

Swift Fox

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Pallas Cat

Pallas Cat

North American River Otter

North American River Otter

Red Panda

A Red Panda

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 Discovery Barn

  • Tiger Salamander


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.

  • Costa Rican Tarantula
  • Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Outreach)
  • Emperor Scorpions (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.

The Asian Aviary offers a feeding station.  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
  • Western Cattle Egret (Asian Aviary)
  • Madarin Duck (Asian Aviary)
  • White-naped Crane
  • Harris’ Hawk
  • Laughing Kookaburra (Discovery Barn)
  • Raven


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

  • Nigerian Dwarf Goats
  • Domesticated Rabbits
  • Dutch Belted Cow
  • Gypsy Vanner Horse
  • Alpaca
  • Jacob’s Four Horned Sheep


South American Exhibit

  • White-faced Saki Monkeys


Main Zoo Area

  • Bactrian Camels
  • Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
  • Black-footed Ferrets
  • Swift Fox
  • Grey Wolves
  • North American Porcupines
  • North American River Otter
  • Pallas’ Cats
  • Red Pandas
  • Sichuan Takin
  • Whitetailed Deer
  • Eurasian Lynx
  • American Bison


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
  • Three-toed Box Turtle
  • Ball Python
  • Corn Snake
  • Leopard Gecko
  • Crested Gecko
  • African Spurred Tortoise
  • Savannah Monitor

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:307

Learn More about our ZOOmobile programs

Our Outreach Animals

  • Ball Python
  • Bull Snake
  • Cornsnake/Red Ratsnake
  • Crested Gecko
  • Domestic Chickens
  • Domestic Rabbits
  • Leopard Gecko
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  • Northern Blue-tongued Skink
  • Three-toed Box Turtle
  • Virginia Opossum
  • Savanna Monitor
  • Blandings Turtle
  • Map Turtle
  • Domestic Ferret
  • Black-tailed Prairie Dog
  • Emperor Scorpion
  • Tiger Salamander
  • African Spurred Tortoise
Rows of wheat

Children’s Zoo Farm

When you visit the zoo you are sure to have fun in the Children’s Zoo Farm! This dynamic space is filled with fun-based learning opportunities, domestic animals, and two beautiful gardens.

What’s on the Zoo Farm

A crane in tall grass

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