Riverside Discovery Center

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Riverside Discovery Center
Location Scottsbluff, Nebraska, United States
Coordinates 41°51′19″N 103°41′03″W / 41.8552°N 103.6841°W / 41.8552; -103.6841Coordinates: 41°51′19″N 103°41′03″W / 41.8552°N 103.6841°W / 41.8552; -103.6841
Land area 23 acres (9.3 ha)
No. of animals 200+
No. of species 73
Memberships AZA[1]
Website www.riversidediscoverycenter.org

The Riverside Discovery Center, formerly named the Riverside Park and Zoo, is a park and zoo complex along the North Platte River in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, United States.

Riverside Park is Scottsbluff's city park, and has the only zoo in western Nebraska. It includes three lakes with camping and recreation areas, and a riverside trail that runs along the banks of the North Platte River. There are also over 30 garden spots.


The Riverside Discovery Center has a collection of over 200 animals representing 73 different species, in various exhibits.

North American Grasslands[edit]

Contains animals once common in the grasslands of North America:

Slither Inn[edit]

The reptile house that has various snakes and lizards from around the world

Raptor Row[edit]

Contains a collection of various raptors:

Rainforest Discovery Center[edit]

An area dedicated to some of the smaller animals of the rainforest

Chimpanzee Building[edit]

Home of the areas chimpanzee and other unique creatures:

Cat Complex[edit]

Home to various big cats:

Primate Building[edit]

Contains a small collection of primates:

African Veldt[edit]

Contains African hoofstock:

Children's Zoo[edit]

Miscellaneous exhibits[edit]

There are other animals that are not included in any of the aforementioned exhibits:


The Riverside Discovery Center is actively involved in the Survival Species Program for various species of imperiled wildlife on display.

The zoo and park is located a half mile west of Nebraska Highway 71.


  1. ^ "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 

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