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special Events Summer 2023

Baby animal weekend
June 17 - 18, 2023

Shop Local Saturday - July 22, 2023

This event invites area crafters and small businesses to participate in a one day event located inside the zoo! This event promotes shopping small and supporting area businesses! Not a vendor? Come see what's here and shop around all day! Check back often to seen when this summer event will be.

(Regular admission rates apply) #ShopLocal-
TO APPLY TO BE A VENDOR: Please call Cheyanne at 507-822-4747 or email cheyanne.snwp@gmail.com

Junior Zookeeper Day And Enrichment Workshop EVENT
June 24, 2023

During this summer event we invite children to dress up as a zookeeper. Children dressed up in their best zookeeper outfit will be given a treat from the gift shop or snack shack!
Details: Regular admission rates apply. Live Music "Meet the Keeper" talks (Stay tuned for times). Animal Enrichment Workshop! All children are invited to participate in creating their very own enrichment for animals at the zoo! Families may bring their own items to be approved to create enrichment items, and Safari North will supply items as well! Check back often to seen when this summer event will be.

No reservations are needed to visit the zoo.
Family trip to Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd MN

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No matter how old you are come and experience our world's wildlife that will educate and make lasting memories with family and friends.

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School visits to Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd, MN

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Bring your group or organization to explore and learn about amazing and incredible animal species that our world has to offer.

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Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd, MN

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Safari North offers more than just view animals of the world. There are other activities that youth and adults can participate in.

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why visit safari north Wildlife Park

a great way for you and your family or group to learn more about the animals on our planet

Safari Wildlife Park's mission is to promote life-long learning in all of us by enriching our minds, fostering environmental respect, while helping prepare our visitors for our conservation future.

Our goal is to provide positive experiences that last a lifetime with every visit no matter how old you are. Come see why generations of families remember us when they visit Brainerd, MN and make a few lasting memories of your own.

Why visit Safari North?

We offer an up close and personal experience where each year our guests marvel at wild wonders as they play, laugh, and learn.

more than just a zoo

Safari North is a family friendly wildlife park were you can feed a giraffe or ride a camel and see animals from around the world!

What our visitors say

Talk to friends, read our reviews, or watch videos done by our visitors on why to visit Safari North.

safari north in the news

safari north is a great Minnesota family outing


Our visit with WCCO News was on June 6, 2019. Here's a link to our visit with them.

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Kare 11 News

Our visit with Kare11 News on May 18, 2019.

WCCO - CBS Minnesota

New attractions added to Safari North in 2021.

Lakeland PBS

New attractions added to Safari North in 2021.

The Jason Show

Kevin joined the Jason Show with some baby animals, including a kangaroo.

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what's new at the zoo in 2023

Every year we try to bring new exhibits and experiences to our visitors

the train is ready for passengers!

This is a new 10 acre safari where guest will see lions, hyenas, monkeys, zebras, wildebeest, bison, eland, nilgai, ostrich, emu, rhea, and more.

Ride our locomotive train through our new 10 acre Expedition Safari.

Safari North TrainLearn more about our train ride

amusement ride area

We have an amusement ride area

Safari North Carnival Ridelearn more about amusement rides


Safari North Cheetah

At this time we have 3 cheetahs; 2 males and 1 female. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world reaching speeds of up to 70 mph we are one of the very few zoos in the mid west to have cheetahs on exhibit.

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some of the animals at safari north

Every year we try to bring new exhibits and experiences to our visitors

Java Macaque

The crab-eating macaque, also known as the long-tailed macaque, is a cercopithecine primate native to Southeast Asia. It is referred to as the cynomolgus monkey in laboratories.

Java Macaque

vervet monkey

The vervet monkey, or simply vervet, is an Old World monkey of the family Cercopithecidae native to Africa. The term "vervet" is also used to refer to all the members of the genus Chlorocebus. The five distinct subspecies can be found mostly throughout Southern Africa, as well as some of the eastern countries

Vervet Monkey

River otters

How's the water? Ask an otter.

Otters are the only aquatic members of the weasel family and as a top predator they are affected by toxic chemicals in the water. Pollutants are absorbed by plants and animals and eventually make their way up the food chain increasing in concentration as they go. These chemicals stay in the otter's fat layer, sometimes for years making them unhealthy.

Conservation efforts have resulted in recolonization of areas where North American river otters were previously extirpated.

River Otter

Blue bellied roller

The blue-bellied roller is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds across Africa in a narrow belt from Senegal to northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is resident, apart from some local seasonal movements, in mature moist savannah dominated by Isoberlinia trees.

Blue Bellied Roller

Red Legged seriema

The red-legged seriema, or crested cariama, is a mostly predatory terrestrial bird in the seriema family, included in the Gruiformes in the old paraphyletic circumscription, but increasingly placed in a distinct order Cariamiformes.

Red Legged Seriema

Violaceous Turaco

The violet turaco, also known as the violaceous plantain eater, is a large turaco, a group of African near-passerines.

Violaceous Turaco


The Caracal is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India. It is characterised by a robust build, long legs, a short face, long tufted ears, and long canine teeth. Its coat is uniformly reddish tan or sandy, while the ventral parts are lighter with small reddish markings.


What visitors Say?

If you have not been here before you don’t know what you are missing. The staff, exhibits and hospitality are FANTASTIC! You get the opportunity to get up close and personnel with the animals. From feeding the giraffe’s, hanging out in the bird enclosure and mining for jewels in the sluice box there’s truly something for all ages!! Thanks for an amazing afternoon!!!

Garrett Freeman


What they Say?

Great to have a zoo around the area. That stands out. with how nice they are to their animals and the variety of animals. I am a big fan of this place lot better than driving really far to go to a mediocre Zoo when there is an awesome one right in town.

Brent Shepard


What they Say?

First time here and it was amazing! The animals are all beautiful,fat and healthy. The enclosures are beautiful and they bring you right up close to animals. It’s took us 3 hours to walk through and it flew by! Beautiful landscaping, clean and spacious. Seen animals I have never heard of before. Highly recommend!

Julie Gower


What they Say?

I went to Safari North for the first time today with family and friends ranged in age from 13 to 67. All of us had a great time. I was especially pleased that all the animals looked healthy and all the habitats were clean. Very nice place.

Patricia Carol Carlson