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Winter Fun at the Zoo

If you’re up for an adventure, don’t miss the Minnesota Zoo this winter season. Come see all the action on the Northern Trail as our cold climate critters bask in the cooler temperatures. From the iconic bison, known to use their heads and shoulders to clear snow, to the click-clacking caribou (Fun Fact: Caribou […]

Thursday, November 30, 2017|Zoo News|

Family Fun December– Reindeer

Rangifer tarandus

The Minnesota Zoo is home to seven caribou, also known as reindeer.

Where They Live:
Caribou are found in the northern regions of Asia, Europe, and North America.

What They Eat:
Lichens make up the bulk of the caribou diet.  Other foods include fungi, moss, herbs, sedges, grasses, shrubs, and young trees.

Test Your Knowledge! (answers below)

  1. How […]
Tuesday, November 28, 2017|Kids, Zoo News|

The Medtronic Minnesota Trail Prepares for Winter

The ominous reports of predicted snow are already starting for the season. This may have some of us day dreaming about clear blue water & warm white sand beaches. That’s not the case for the animals of the Medtronic Minnesota Trail.

The animals sense the change in the air. They’re getting ready for winter, and […]

Thursday, October 26, 2017|Zoo News|

Family Fun November– Gray Wolf

(Canis lupus)

Where They Live: 
Gray wolves can be found in northern forests and tundra in North America, Asia, and Europe.

What They Eat:
Wolves eat deer, moose, beavers, and small mammals such as the snowshoe hare.

Test Your Knowledge! (answers below)

  1. The size of a typical wolf pack could be…
    a. 50 wolves b. 25 wolves     c. 10 […]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017|Kids, Zoo News|

Rescued/Rehabbed Success Stories at the Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is home to thousands of animals from around the world. From energetic White-cheeked gibbons along our Tropics Trail to calming moon jellyfish in Discovery Bay, the Minnesota Zoo provides world-class care to every animal. Did you know many of the animals at the Minnesota Zoo were actually rescued animals from tragic […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017|Animal Rescue, Conservation, In The Field|

Tracking Wily Wolves in Mongolia

Anticipation hangs in the air as I face a fluid wall of descending white.  Our volunteer on the project, John Hart, is only steps in front of me, but nearly invisible.  I adjust my backpack, continue to trudge up the slick mountain, and walk forward into oblivion.  It certainly feels like the middle of […]

Bison Herds Roam Minnesota Prairies Once Again!

The Minnesota Zoo, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources established a partnership in 2012 to conserve and enhance the bison genome in the state of Minnesota.  This partnership manages bison herds at Blue Mounds State Park, Minneopa State Park, and at the Minnesota Zoo.  The main goal for these herds is […]

Wednesday, September 27, 2017|Conservation, In The Field, Zoo News|
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    Saving Amazing Wildlife through “Super” Amazing Partnerships

Saving Amazing Wildlife through “Super” Amazing Partnerships

The Minnesota Zoo works hard every day to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. But we can’t do it all on our own. The Zoo has many incredible partners around the world to help us ensure a bright future for amazing species and the spaces they call home. Recently, the […]

Wednesday, September 27, 2017|Zoo News|