Koi, or nishikigoi, (Japanese for colored Koi), belong to the Carp family.
Koi were first introduced to the world at a Tokyo exposition in 1912.
Koi are hardy, cold water fish, which go dormant in the winter.
Koi are long lived fish, with some living over 100 years.
Click HERE for a Koi Activity Sheet!
Our Current Residents
ZooMontana has over 70 Koi. The Koi pond is cared for through the generosity of the Billings Water Skipper Pond Club.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Actinopterygii
- Order: Cypriniformes
- Family: Cyprinidae
- Genus: Cyprinus
- Species: Cyprinus carpio