Margie & I visited ZooMontana for our second time on 4/3/06. This under-rated treasure is less than 2 hours from Cody and only costs $6 for admission. The zoo is located just off the Shiloh Road exit off I-90 as you come toward Billings, Montana.
You can leisurely stroll the zoo in two to three hours. They have both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The most popular animals are the Siberian Tigers, River Otters, Wolves and Red Pandas. This summer the zoo is adding a massive new bear display.
Visiting during this time of year is perfect because there are no crowds and the animals are very active. During our visit, every animal was out and visible, almost posing for us at each exhibit. ZooMontana makes a great day trip!
The zoo has many displays inside their visitor center, including reptiles, snakes, turtles, ferrets and "Samantha," a 21-year-old monkey
This typical Montana homestead is also the ZooMontana meeting room
Get up close and personal in the barnyard area of the zoo
Poultry, peacocks, sheep & goats can be found in the zoo's barnyard area
Squirrels are masters at getting into bird feeders
Beautiful trailways lead you throughout the outdoor exhibits
The wolves are very popular here
Facts about wolves
"Prince" the Siberian Tiger pacing the perimeter
This is a huge cat!
The displays are built to get you cl-cl-cl-close!
Facts about tigers
Sika Deer don't look too different from our mulies
Red Pandas: One of the ZooMontana stars
The Red Pandas are adorable
And great climbers
Red Panda facts
Prairie dogs live on zoo grounds, providing unexpected cute bonuses throughout the zoo
Some of our familiar Bighorn Sheep on display
This porcupine is three years old and was hand-raised
Facts about porcupines
You can watch the otters play for hours
Otters play on land too
Two injured bald eagles live at the zoo
Facts about bald eagles
Margie gives ZooMontana a big thumbs up!