If you have walked the beautiful green trails of the Minnesota Zoo lately, you may have noticed some new residents. The Zoo has had a baby boom recently.

Stroll down the Northern Trail and say hello to some of our cutest additions. We now have three Asian wild horse foals, two females and one male. Did you know that al Asian wild horses alive today are descended from 13-14 horses that were in captivity when the species became extinct in the wild? The Minnesota Zoo and other organizations around the world are working together to breed zoo animals and reintroduce their offspring to native lands. However, these little ones will stay with us for a while.

As you make your way to the Asian wild horses be sure to stop by and see the new bison calf. The male calf was born earlier this month. Bison once numbered in the tens of millions of across the North American prairie landscape but were hunted to near extinction during the 10th century. The Minnesota Zoo has collaborated with the Parks and Trails division of the Minnesota DNR to help conserve the American plains bison in the state of Minnesota. In addition to the Zoo you can now see some of our bison at Blue Mounds State Park and Minneaopa State Park.

Another adorable addition is our male reindeer calf. Try and find his dad, Ed, he is the reindeer with the largest and most impressive rack of antlers on his head. You can find the herd across from our moose.

We also have a lot happening behind the scenes.


This past spring our 25 year old zebra shark, which can be seen in our Tropical Reef along the Tropics Trail, had three of her eggs hatch pups. Zebra shark adults are known for their leopard like spots. However, they get there name from the black and white pattern that they’re born with. These little one’s are currently about 11 inches in length and weigh roughly 97 grams. Once they are adults they can get up to 100 pounds and 7-9 feet in length!

This past spring the Oregon Zoo took in a tiny, orphaned puma cub after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife rescued him from a landslide that separated the cub from his mother. Keep your eyes out on the Medtronic Minnesota Trail, he’ll be making his public debut soon.

Last but definitely not least, our Amur tiger cub! After healing from some minor injuries the cub has been successfully reintroduced to her mother. Although they were separated they were not alone. Through enrichment and a see-through gate the two were able to smell and talk to one another during her time of recovery. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on our tiger cub, and all baby news here at the Minnesota Zoo.