There has been a lot of excitement at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls. Not only are the zoo keepers getting ready for summertime weather with their animal friends, but also with new babies to add to the growing zoo family!

Besides new lions coming to the Great Plains Zoo, there are new penguin friends to meet. They are too adorable to pass up.

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In honor of all mothers this past Mother's Day, the Great Plains Zoo shared some new pictures of sweet baby penguins. I've talked about Pippa the Penguin becoming a mother before. However, Pippa is one of the most caring mothers at the Great Plains Zoo because she helped a little chick that was not her own thrive.

Recently, Pippa helped foster a little chick named Sammy. This new baby was alone until Pippa stepped up to help this cute baby penguin start a brave new life. Pippa's nature and motherhood extremely moved the staff at the Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo.

As a mom, Pippa is nurturing, protective, and intuitive. She knows exactly when her chicks are ready to learn to swim and become more independent.

It's clear that Pippa has a special gift with new baby penguins in the colony at the Great Plains Zoo.

Humboldt penguins like Pippa are considered to be a "vulnerable species.' So it's truly wonderful to have these amazing animals at the Great Plains Zoo!

You're a great mama, Pippa!

South Dakota's Snakes: A Local Guide to Identifying and Understanding Our Slithering Neighbors!"

South Dakota may not have creepy crawlies like they do in Australia. But, there are a fair amount of snakes to be found here.

We can find some in the Black Hills, some enjoy life on the west-river plains, and several are concentrated in the southeastern part of the state along the Missouri River.

There are seven common species of snake that can be found throughout the state, including our one venomous species.

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives in Sioux Falls

In June of 2020, Guy Fieri and his crew from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives came to Sioux Falls and made quite a stir.

In case you've never been lured into an hours-long binge of the show on Food Network, Guy Fieri visits places off the beaten path and tries out their signature dishes and visits with locals.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis