In 1912, the Minot Park Board began acquiring land to provide recreational access in Oak Park in northeast Minot, including a zoo in Roosevelt Park, and a connection between the parks for trails and pedestrian access. Park superintendent Will O. Doolittle was instrumental in the early development of the Minot park system, and especially the zoo. Established in 1920, the Roosevelt Park Zoo includes a ceremonial gateway, bear den, and exhibit building for large mammals, especially big cats. After substantial growth from the 1940s through the 1960s, a 1969 flood necessitated removal of all the birds and animals from the zoo, which led to the redesign of the zoo grounds. The entire population of zoo animals was rescued from the 2011 flood, and, while weighing possibilities for longer-term relocation, this historic facility was fully restored and has reopened to the public.
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Roosevelt Park Zoo
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