Mailing Address:  PO Box 1325 Wahpeton, ND  58074

Physical Address: 1004 R.J. Hughes Drive Wahpeton, ND  58075

Telephone:  (701) 642-8709   Fax:  (701) 642-9285


Class Registration:  (701) 642-8709

Chahinkapa Zoo is nationally accredited by the American Zoo Association.

Zoo Hours: Mid April – September, 10:00am – 7:00pm
September – Mid October, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission: Adults(13+) – $11.25, Ages 3-12 – $8.25, 2 and under – Free, Military – $10.15, Senior Citizen($62+):  $10.25

Zoo Staff:

  • Kathy Diekman – Zoo Director
  • Tom Schmaltz – Curator

Chahinkapa Zoo Association:
Chahinkapa Zoo Association meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:45PM in Rodger Ehnstrom Nature Center.

President – Wade Harty
Vice-President – Trudi Bellmore
Tim Matz, DVM
Alyssa Barth
Lonnie Halverson
Ben Oliver
John Bullis


Chahinkapa Zoo Campground

Campground:  There are 2 cabins, 7 RV sites (only 2 contain water hookups, but all have 30amp electricity), and 8 tent sites (4 have electricity).
RV/ Camper: $30/night for drive ups, $35/night for reservations
Cabins: $45/night
Tents: $20/night without electricity, $25/night with electricity.
Booking available online at:
Cans for Camels

Drop aluminum cans off at the Nature Center entrance,  Econofoods, or bring them directly to the Wilkin County Recycling Center and credit them to the zoo.

Prairie Rose Chapel

The Prairie Rose Chapel at Chahinkapa Zoo is available for weddings, renewal of vows and other special events. It is a beautifully restored, quaint church that can hold 60 visitors. Call 642-8709 to reserve dates

Zoo Classes

Prairie Rose Carousel