The Minnesota Zoo is pleased to present the Our World Speaker Series.  Join wildlife and wild place experts as they share their amazing stories of working around the world on conservation and environmental issues.

Speaker Series March 2014Open to all who are interested.  Invite your neighbors, friends, and family.  These presentations may not be appropriate for kids under 12.

Free to attend!  However, space is limited, so pre-registration is required.  Registration will open one month prior to each event.

Our World Speaker Series featuring the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Zoo have partnered to bring you a season where University of Minnesota faculty will share their stories, expertise, and research in fields across the board.  From January through June, we hope you will join us to learn more about how Minnesota and Minnesotans are driven to discover.

Two CEUs are available upon request for each event. After your participation in a speaker series event you may send an email to request your certificate.

Did you miss the last speaker?

See video recordings from past speakers.




This new program provides unique, engaging on-site animal experiences to zoo guests. Types of Close Encounters include special animal enrichment, providing guests with one-on-one opportunities to interact with zookeepers, animal training demonstrations, and a chance to observe and touch fascinating critters, including some that aren’t typically exhibited at the Zoo.

Close Encounters occur every day, throughout the day, in all areas of the zoo. With a growing collection of animals and an average of six Close Encounters presentations daily, this program offers something for all of our guests.

Please check in at the Guest Services Desk for information on the day’s Close Encounters.

Saturday, March 25, 2015
9:45 Meet a Lizard at Tamarins (Tropics Trail)
10:00 Keeper Interpreted Animal Feeding at Penguins
10:30 Meet a Keeper at Moose (Northern Trail)
10:30 Meet a Keeper at Sloth (Tropics Trail)
11:00 Animal Enrichment at Sea Otters (Russia’s Grizzly Coast)
12:00 Meet a Reptile at Radiated Tortoises (Tropics Trail)
1:15 Animal Training at River Otter (Minnesota Trail)
2:30 Keeper Interpreted Animal Feeding at Penguins

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 03/28/2015
  • Time: 9:45 AM
  • Date: 03/28/2015
  • Time: 10:00 AM
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