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Zoo Montana, Billings

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Zoo Montana, Billings

Address Zoo Montana, Billings Billings MT 59106
How to Find it: On I-90, take Exit 443, Zoo Drive to Shiloh Road, left on Shiloh Road
Open: Open 7 days a week November 1 - March 31 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM April 16 - October 15 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Prices: Adults $6.00 Seniors $4.00 Children (3-15) $3.00
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This critique last updated:  Feb 2008

Official Description

ZooMontana was incorporated and established as a private non-profit 501C(3) organization in 1982. Billings became the logical choice to build a zoological park for the Montana-Wyoming region because of its population base and status as an economic hub for the region. It is important to note that no credible zoo like ZooMontana exists within a 600-mile radius of Billings.

In 1995 the zoo opened its doors at their new site. The 70-acre complex is situated immediately off Interstate 90 at Zoo Drive (exit 443) on the west side of Billings, MT. ZooMontana is both a zoological park and botanical garden. During the planning phase of the zoo it was decided that only animals originating from areas with similar climates and temperatures to those found in the Billings area would be exhibited.

Exhibits are constructed using state-of-the-art natural habitat techniques. Plant and animal living collections are not only those native to the northern Rockies and high plains but also from northern latitudes of Europe and Asia. This combination positions ZooMontana as a unique and interesting collection of approximately 50% exotic and 50% native species. This strategy is also beneficial from an operations standpoint as this concept more cost-effective regarding utility, maintenance, and facility expenses.

Hosting over 70,000 visitors annually ZooMontana is one of the regions most popular tourist attractions. We are the only zoo and botanical garden in the state. ZooMontana is officially accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. There are over 2000 zoos and aquariums in the United States, only 200, or about 10% reach the professionally accepted level of operations to achieve accreditation.

Visitor Reviews


Great natural setting, more so than other city zoos we've seen (where everything is concrete). Hope the trails remain natural throughout most of the exhibits. Loved our visit. Will definitely be back more.

Species List

d=display animal; e=used in education;       
1 Woodhouses toad Bufo woodhousii   d,e
1 Great Plains toad Bufo cognatus   d,e
Western toad Bufo boreas    
Canadian toad Bufo hemiophrys    
12 Wyoming toad Bufo baxteri   d
Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog Ascaphus montanus    
1 Boreal chorus frog Pseudacris maculata   e
2 Whites Treefrog     e
American green treefrog Hyla cinerea    
Pacific treefrog Pseudacris regilla    
1 American Bullfrog Rana catesbeiana   e
Northern leopard frog Rana pipiens    
Columbia spotted frog Rana luteiventris    
Wood frog Rana sylvatica    
3 Plains spadefoot Spea bombifrons    
Great Basin spadefoot toad Spea intermontana    
Long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum    
3 Tiger salamander Ambystoma tigrinum   d,e
Coeur d'Alene salamander Plethodon idahoensis    
Idaho Giant salamander Dicamptodon aterrimus    
Rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa    
35 chicken Gallus gallus domesticus   d, e
2 blue-earred pheasant Crossoptilon auritum   d
Chinese ring-necked pheasant Phasianus colchicus    
6 peafowl Pavo cristatus   d
2 bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus   d
golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos    
1 turkey vulture Cathartes aura   d,e
1 screech owl Otus kennicottii   d,e
1 great-horned owl Bubo virginianus   d
burrowing owl      
2 Bar-headed goose Anser indicus   d
5 snow/blue goose Anser caerulescens   d
Emperor goose Anser canagicus    
1 Canada goose Branta canadensis moffitti   d
1 Canada goose Branta canadensis occidentalis   d
1 Barnacle goose Branta leucopsis   d
1 White-fronted goose Anser albifrons   d
Tundra swan Cygnus columbianus    
Trumpeter swan Cygnus buccinator    
3 Domestic duck     d
1 crow Corvus brachyrhynchos   e
3 Flathead chub Platygobio gracilis   d
2 Sand shiner     d
Emerald shiner Notropis atherinoides    
Western silvery/plains minnow Hybognathus spp.    
Long-nose dace Rhinichthys cataractae    
Shorthead redhorse Moxostoma macrolepidotum    
1 Longnose sucker Catostomus catostomus   d
Mountain sucker Catostomus commersoni    
  Catostomus platyrhynchus    
7 Fathead minnow Pimephales promelas   d
Pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus    
Stonecat Noturus flavus    
Mottled sculpin Cottus bairdi    
Lake chub Couesius plumbeus    
1 Peruvian pinktoed tarantula Avicularia urticans   d,e
African giant millipede      
40 Madagascar Hissing cockroach     d,e
  Pacifastacus leniusculus    
  Orconectes virilis    
  Orconectes immunis    
4 Bighorn sheep Ovis canadensis   d
American bison Bison bison    
1 Sika deer Cervus nippon mand.   d
2 domestic sheep Ovis aries   d
5 domestic goat Capra hircus   d
Bactrian camel      
Grizzly bear Ursus arctos horribilus    
2 Red panda Ailurus fulgens   d
Swift fox Vulpes velox    
2 Gray wolf Canus lupus   d
2 Amur tiger Panthera tigris altaica   d
Amur leopard      
Canada lynx Lynx canadensis    
1 Black-footed ferret Mustela nigripes   d
1 American mink Mustela vison   d, e
1 Wolverine Gulo gulo   d
2 N. American river otter Lutra canadensis   d
1 Lesser spot-nosed guenon Cercopithecus petaurista   d (former ed)
Japanese macaque Macaca fuscata    
3 Eastern gray squirrel Sciurus carolinensis   d
Black-tailed prairiedog Cynomys ludovicianus    
2 Southern flying squirrel Glaucomys volans   d,e
2 American porcupine Erethizon dorsatum   d,e
Yellow-bellied marmot Marmota flaviventris    
2 Guinea pig Cavia porcellus   d,e
1 chinchilla      d,e
pygmy rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis    
4 domestic rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus   d,e
1 African dwarf hedgehog Erinaceus paraechinus   d,e
Viriginia opossum Didelphis virginiana    
mongolian wild horse      
domestic ass Equus asinus asinus    
2 domestic horse Equus caballus   d
short-horned lizard Phrynosoma douglassi    
9 sagebrush lizard Sceloporus graciosus   d
Northern alligator lizard Elgaria coerulea    
Western skink Eumeces skiltonianus    
1 Green iguana Iguana iguana   d,e
1 Uromastyx Uromastyx maliensis   e
Western painted turtle Chrysemys picta bellii    
spiny soft-shelled turtle Apalone spiniferus hartwegi    
common snapping turtle Chelydra serpentina    
2 3-toed box turtle Terrapene carolina triunguis   d,e
1 Rubber boa Charina bottae   d,e
2 Racer Coluber constrictor flaviventris   d,e
1 western hognose snake Heterodon nasicus   d,e
pale milksnake Lampropeltis triangulum multistrata    
Smooth greensnake Opheodrys vernalis    
1 Bullsnake Pituophis melanoleucus sayi   d,e
Western rattlesnake Crotalus viridis viridis    
Common gartersnake Thamnophis sirtalis    
Terrestrial gartersnake Thamnophis elegans    
Plains gartersnake Thamnophis radix    
1 Ball python Python regius   e
Total animals      

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