Two Twin Cities Zoos Get “Cutest Baby Animals at U.S. Zoos” Acknowledgement From Travel and Leisure Magazine
Dmitri and Tamara, Amur Leopards, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Less than 40 Amur leopards exist in the wild, so the birth of two cubs in May 2012 was a boon not just for the Minnesota Zoo, but for the worldwide species too. Their mother, Polina, has raised the cubs since day one, and they’ve already developed distinct personalities: Tamara’s the spunky one, while Dmitri is a bit sassier.
Stella Gray, Athena, and Mariah, Arctic Foxes, Como Park Zoo, St. Paul, MN
Arctic foxes Aurora (mom) and Zephyr (dad) welcomed a litter of nine pups in March. Three—Stella Gray, Athena, and Mariah—still reside at the Como Park Zoo. They’re quick and feisty and love to scamper around their grassy habitat. They’ve also shown off their artistic prowess by creating colorful “paw paintings” for zoo auctions and TV segments
Yes, I am completely aware Como Zoo is in St. Paul, but look at this handsome Galapagos Tortoise birthday bastard eating his special birthday cake.
Deal with it.
‘Maul’ on Mall?
Karen Hess, 15, 6332 70th Av. N., Brooklyn Park, a tour guide at Como Zoo, apparently had little fear of a 6-month-old Himalayan bear cub with which she played on the Northern States Power Co. plaza, just off the Nicollet Mall. The display of “South Seas animals” was set up as part of the festivities for the Minneapolis Aquatennial.
Newspaper article scanned by me.