Going to the zoo is always exciting for families. You have the opportunity to experience animals you would not typically see in your own backyard or neighborhood.

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls boasts all sorts of exotic animals to visit. In fact, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History staff just welcomed two new members to its zoo family. They are so cute and tiny...say hello to Mojito and Clementine!

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Mojito and Clementine are the new female meerkats at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. The zoo even shared a fun video on its Facebook and TikTok pages.

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History (via Facebook screenshot)
Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History (via Facebook screenshot)
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Mojito and Clementine will join male meerkats Lloyd and Biff. These little girls just arrived at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History in October.

The zoo staff shared with its Facebook followers:

Great Plains Zoo has some new residents! Mojito and Clementine are female meerkats that came to us in October. They finished their quarantine period and were moved to their exhibit today!
The two girls will soon share an exhibit with Lloyd and Biff (our two male meerkats) but are getting used to their new space before meeting their roommates! Stop by and see the new girls at Great Plains Zoo

How sweet do these meerkats look? Looks like Lloyd and Biff will have some new friends to keep them company!

Interested in the other animals? You can learn more about the animals at the zoo by clicking here.

Know Your South Dakota College and University Mascots

The college football experience is an ultimate high for football fans and it takes several other teams to make that happen week after week during the season.
Just think about what goes into gameday? First and foremost, the players and coaching staff who put in hours and hours of practice and training to play in front of their fans. Then there's field prep, game officials, live broadcasts, concessions, and on-the-field entertainment. Yep, entertainment.

Second to the game, who do you watch? The cheerleaders? The band at halftime? What about the mascot? That's a job not many people can do.
I asked Sioux Falls native and former Cagey mascot for the Sioux Falls Canaries and Little Red & Herbie for the Nebraska Huskers Nate Welch about being a mascot:

  • What does it take to be a mascot?
  • "Losing a bet or filling an opportunity!" Welch says, "An internal energized desire to love life. After meeting great performers who are introverts out of costume, they become the center of attention when they take the stage. And also feeding off the performance of others."
  • Why does the mascot never talk?
  • "Know your role and shut your mouth. You are there to entertain. Tell the story with your actions and not your voice."
  • Advice to someone putting on that costume for the first time?
  • "Remember you are now in a costume. Have fun. Otherwise, you're just a dork in tights. If the fur ain't flying you ain't trying."

Nate Welch has moved on from his days as a mascot to Executive Director of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company in Vermillion, South Dakota.

So, can you name the mascots at our South Dakota Colleges and Universities? Check out the gallery below:

9 Ways To Ruin Your South Dakota Driving Record

Did you know that South Dakota uses a points system with your driver's license? Meaning that if you are convicted of a moving violation, get a ticket, you get a certain number of points.

If those points add up to 15 in one year, or 22 points in two years, you can get your license suspended. Then after the suspension, you'll have to pay application fees and the reinstatement fee.

So, what are the violation that can earn you the most points? Let's find out.

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