Minnesota Zoo Snow Monkey
It’s April 11th and we’re getting a lot of fresh #snow today - good thing our snow monkeys love this weather!
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Valentine’s Day at the Minnesota Zoo
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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
Mel Gibson visits Minnesota Zoo over the weekend
Oh hey there Mel Gibson! Thanks for visiting the Minnesota Zoo and we are so glad you had a great time exploring!
Black Bear Opening Weekend – September 15 & 16, 2012
The Minnesota Zoo’s newest exhibit, Black Bear, brings one of the state’s most iconic species to the Medtronic Minnesota Trail. This exhibit will feature three bears, Minnesota’s largest omnivores, in a naturalistic environment. The bears were brought to the Zoo after being orphaned as cubs.
The new exhibit includes a pool, trees for climbing, and natural Minnesota vegetation. Featuring two unique viewing opportunities – a den and cabin – the new exhibit will allow guests to come eye-to-eye with these remarkable creatures.
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Minnesota Zoo will end its dolphin exhibit via StarTribune
One of the Minnesota Zoo’s most popular species will no longer be on exhibit.
The two remaining dolphins are moving within a few months and will not be replaced, the zoo in Apple Valley announced Monday.
Zoo Director Lee Ehmke said Semo and Allie must be relocated because extensive repairs are needed to the 15-year-old Discovery Bay building and the dolphin tank, where the two are housed.
The refurbishment, combined with the species’ low availability, means there will be no dolphins at the Minnesota Zoo “in the foreseeable future,” Ehmke said.
Ehmke acknowledges that losing dolphins as an attraction will be disappointing to visitors. Except for a few brief interruptions, dolphins have been exhibited at the zoo since it opened in 1978.
“People love dolphins,” he said. “It has consistently been one of the favorite animals. They have a lot of charisma, and people find them fascinating and love them, as do we.”