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Dakota Zoo welcomes two new additions to their collection



Bismarck, North Dakota – Two new animals were recently added to the Dakota Zoo’s discovery center.

Churro, a Southern Three-banded Armadillo, and Flash, a Linnaeus’ Two-toed Sloth, are the first and second creatures, respectively. Before either animal could be on exhibit for guests to observe, it had to go through a quarantine process. These two species were added because the zoo wanted to encourage visitors to learn about other animals besides those they were accustomed to seeing in North Dakota. South American countries make up the two additional additions.

“These new additions are going to help expand. I have heard sloths are a recent popular animal. Now that we have one, hopefully not only will people enjoy coming to the zoo more, but also will expound a little bit as far as just how many species we have around the world,” said Jalene Keliiliki, exotic zookeeper at the Dakota Zoo.

Flash and Churro are open every Friday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. On Friday, April 28, the Dakota Zoo will also start its summer hours.