The Red River Zoo promotes education and conservation of endangered cold-climate species animals. Since opening its doors in 1999, the Zoo has been awarded for its conservation efforts in breeding of Chinese Red Pandas among other animals such as the Sichuan Takin, Bactarian Camel, and Pallas Cats.
To support this mission, Fargo West Rotary conducts an annual ‘Harley Raffle’ with all proceeds being donated to the Red River Zoo. The Harley Raffle started in 1999 with a commitment from Fargo West Rotary to build the ‘Takin Ridge’ exhibit which is home to the Sichuan Takin. Takin are endangered in their natural ranges in Northern Asia.
Since our initial commitment to the Zoo, the club has contributed to the Grey Wolf, Wings of the Orient, and Bactarian Camel Exhibits. Most recently, the club has completed its commitment to the Otter Rapids Exhibit.
In the 16 years the raffle has been conducted, Fargo West Rotary has donated over $250,000 in support of the Red River Zoo.