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The Northern Hemisphere is always changing, and its varied plant and animal life must deal with the extremes of both hot and cold weather. ZooMontana celebrates these resilient creatures. Trees and shrubs?many not native to the Montana area?surround exhibits, where more than 50 animal species make their homes. Here are just a few of the zoo's stars:

Grizzly Bears

  • Names: Bruno and Ozzy
  • Scientific name: Ursus arctos
  • Natural habitat: North America
  • Often seen: Eating nuts, berries, fruits, leaves, and roots

Siberian Tiger

  • Name: Prince
  • Scientific name: Panthera tigris altaica
  • Natural habitat: Far northeast of Asia
  • Often seen: Lounging out on a ledge during a sunny day

Canada Lynx

  • Name: Fierca
  • Scientific name: Lynx canadensis
  • Natural habitat: Northern United States and Canada
  • Often seen: Walking with zookeepers for exercise; in winter, visitors can see her paw prints in the snow

To meet more of the animals, check out the other exhibits, or try one of these activities:

  • 15-minute animal encounters
  • Zoo scavenger hunt
  • ZooTots, a preschool age program with crafts and other activities
  • ZooVenture! Summer Camp, where kids get a behind-the-scenes peek at the zoo
2100 S Shiloh Rd
Billings,
MT
US

Since he started his training back in 1964, Sensei Greg Olson has won numerous awards, earned a sixth-degree black-belt in aikido, and accumulated 50 years of experience as a martial-arts teacher. At Big Sky Aikido, he shares the culmination of these experiences with his students, building strong foundations in concepts and techniques. Students will learn self-defense movements and "receptive" techniques with a foundation in health and wellness.

421 W Griffin Dr., Unit 3
Bozeman,
MT
US

Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center was founded in 1976, with the goal to conserve natural habitats to help native species flourish and ensure that the skies over future generations would continue to be diversely populated. Today, the center continues this work by connecting local community members with nature and teaching them how to protect it. Montana Audubon's recreational and educational programs, such as afterschool lessons and an Earth Day celebration, employ entertaining efforts to engage the public with the issue of wildlife conservation. The center's 72,000-square-mile swath on the Yellowstone River Basin also serves as an outdoor classroom to expose youth to local ecosystems including riparian zones, grasslands, and forests, and staffers place special focus on bringing underserved populations of young people to learn at the center.

7026 S Billings Blvd
Billings,
MT
US

In 1964, the building that formerly held the county jail was transformed into what would later become the Yellowstone Art Museum. Ever since, the museum has been captivating thousands with its curated artwork. The permanent collection consists of more than 7,300 works, many of which serve as a creative exploration of Montana and its surrounding regions. See a changing variety of exhibitions featuring works from local, national, and international artists. If you work up an appetite during your museum jaunt, stop by Raven’s Café d’Art for gourmet sandwiches and vegetarian fare.

401 North 27th Street
Billings,
MT
US

Always looking for a challenge, Pangaea River Rafting's future owners Brooke and David Lawrence set out on a 4,000-mile cross-country bike ride years ago. But tackling that endeavor only increased the duo's thirst for more. After years guiding rafting expeditions along the Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana, they decided the most exciting challenge would be to start their own rafting company. So, in 1989, they bought a small company by the name of Pangaea Expeditions, which they later renamed Pangaea River Rafting. During that time they also got married, fittingly alongside the river.

Over the course of more than 20 years, Brooke and David have developed a series of programs that highlight the area's tourist attractions as well as draw locals out into their surrounding habitat. They direct rafting ventures boasting wine tastings, happy hours, bird watching, team building, and catfish cuddling.

11111 Mullan Rd E
Superior,
MT
US

Jamie Beeson is a walking paradox: a workout expert who loves to eat cookies. The personal trainer and head of Workoutplanz, however, doesn't view her fondness for dessert as a flaw—she believes practical fitness regimens should allow for life's indulgences and interruptions. Therefore, she caters her programs to women of all backgrounds, personally testing out her suggestions before recommending them to others.

Jamie's workout plans range from Weight Loss 101 Plan, which offers beginners guidance on diets and exercise, to the Busy Mom's Workout Plan with grocery lists and at-home fitness routines that accommodate hectic schedules. Though they achieve different aims, most of these plans include a nutritional and workout component, as well as scheduling tools that help keep participants on track. Resources on the Workoutplanz website also supplement training efforts. Clients can watch video tutorials on each exercise, read up on how to monitor their heart-rates, and even download a music playlist for an invigorating treadmill session.

3921 Melrose Place
Missoula,
MT
US