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Autumn Nighttime Nature Fun

nighttime1Explore Nighttime Nature

LISTEN: Sit together outside in silence for five minutes.  What nighttime nature sounds do you hear?  (Insect sounds, leaves/grasses blowing in the wind, owls, etc.)

DISCOVER: Take a flashlight walk and look for spiders. Shine flashlights in bushes and tall grasses and look for […]

Friday, September 21, 2018|Kids, Zoo News|

Family Fun September – Sea Otter

Sea Otter
Enhydra lutris

The Minnesota Zoo is home to three sea otters—Capers, Jasper, and Rocky.  They were each found as orphaned pups in the wild and were cared for at the Alaska SeaLife Center before coming to Minnesota.

Where They Live:
Sea otters live in cold waters off the coasts of Russia and North America from Alaska […]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018|Kids, Zoo News|

Family Fun August – Tigers

Where They Live:
Tigers prefer the forests and some tall grass areas of southeast Asia and the Russian Far East .

What They Eat:
Tigers are predatory carnivores, which means they hunt other animals for food such as deer, pigs, and antelope.

Test Your Knowledge! (answers below)

  1. Tigers live a solitary life and each has its own territory […]
Thursday, July 26, 2018|Kids, Zoo News|

Saving Sawfish in Australia

Me at the Split Rock aboriginal cave paintings area, two sawfish painted on the wall to my right.The Minnesota Zoo connects people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. One way we do that is through a special staff grant program, the

Family Fun July – Emu

Dromaius novaehollandiae
You can see emus at the Zoo’s summer Kangaroo Crossing exhibit opening this weekend!   Explore all things Australia with an Australia-themed birthday party, go Backstage with Kangaroos, or register for a once-in-a-lifetime Australia After Dark family sleepover at the Zoo!

Where They Live:
Emu are native to Australia and are found in […]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018|Kids, Zoo News|

Family Fun June – Kangaroos

Macropus rufus
You can see red kangaroos at the Zoo’s summer Kangaroo Crossing exhibit opening May 27, 2017!   Explore all things Australia with an Australia-themed birthday party, go Backstage with Kangaroos, or register for a once-in-a-lifetime Australia After Dark family sleepover at the Zoo!

Where They Live:
Red kangaroos are native to Australia and […]

Thursday, May 31, 2018|Kids, Uncategorized, Zoo News|
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    The Minnesota Zoo’s Role in Helping One of the Most Endangered Birds on Earth

The Minnesota Zoo’s Role in Helping One of the Most Endangered Birds on Earth

What would have happened to the California Condor if no one stepped in to help? The population went from 27 birds in 1987 to 446 birds as of 2016! During my travels to Tasmania to work with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, I started learning about the other animals in need of help […]

Thursday, May 31, 2018|Birds, Conservation, Zoo News|
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    Top 5 Ways to Have an Awesome “Aussie” Summer at the Zoo

Top 5 Ways to Have an Awesome “Aussie” Summer at the Zoo

  1. Take your very own “Aussie” walkabout:Come visit Kangaroo Crossing and experience the outback. Roam the land with kangaroos, wallabies and emus. You’ll feel as if you were hiking through the Australian wilderness as you literally walk through the habitat with these outback ambassadors. Get up close with outback ambassadors at our daily […]
Thursday, May 31, 2018|happenings, Kangaroo Crossing, Zoo News|