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Numbers are climbing at the Roosevelt Park Zoo as the summer progresses, and this holiday week will be no exception.

The zoo is now close to creature capacity which means zoo staff members can turn their attention to community events that were zoo traditions before the flood.

For your Independence Day celebration, Jennifer Thorgramson tells us about two events: how the zoo is giving back - and how YOU can give back to the zoo.

The Independence Day celebration is kicking off a day early with a big thank you to those we owe our independence to.

(Staci Kenney, Roosevelt Zoo GMZS Coordinator) "It's just our way to say thank you to all the military."

Military Appreciation Day is a zoo tradition staff are happy to reintroduce.

(Staci Kenney, Roosevelt Zoo GMZS Coordinator) "It really just feels good to get back to the events that the public expects to see every year."

Partnering with the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Verendrye Electric, the Zoo kicks off Military Appreciation Day July 3rd at 11 serving a meal through 2.

"Deer! I have some food for you!"

Lunch is followed by a day of free admission to the zoo, pool and waterslide for military members and family.

(Staci Kenney, Roosevelt Zoo GMZS Coordinator) "It's going to be a really good day. The weather looks like it's going to be awesome and we're just really excited to get everybody out there and say thank you."

And after a day of relaxation at the zoo start the 4th bright an early with the annual Zoo Run-Walk.

(Staci Kenney, Roosevelt Zoo GMZS Coordinator) "Our fundraisers that we do for the GMZS, all the money comes back to the zoo as far as raising money for new exhibits, for new animals, for repairing structures so all the money goes to a good cause."

Some of that money will contribute to continuing flood repairs - like the penguin and otter habitats.

Extensive underground pipe damage will prevent the return of the water-lovers until next summer.

"Mommy! He's way up on the ceiling!"

A future fundraiser to watch for will raise money for a new red panda exhibit.

(Staci Kenney, Roosevelt Zoo GMZS Coordinator) "We've had such a huge response. The weather has been wonderful. There is not a dull moment between all of the sounds in the background, we've got zoo camp going on right now, there's a ton of people through the doors. It's awesome. It feels good to be back. We're 95 percent back and everybody is out. It's great."

Military Appreciation Day and SHOW your appreciation for the zoo at the run-walk.

Two great reasons to celebrate the 4th-of-July all week long at Roosevelt Park Zoo.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

The Roosevelt Park Zoo will celebrate another flood recovery milestone next week.

The former office building will be torn down on July 8th.

That space will be seeded and left open as a green space for future events.

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