Welcome to our Wildlife Lab!

The BioDiscovery Project, led by Katie Talbott, was designed to help everyone connect with Minnesota’s wildlife. At the heart of our project is conservation research, which takes place right here, on Zoo grounds. Check out our Field Notebook to learn more about these projects. It might surprise you that the Zoo sits on a 485-acre property, over half of which is undeveloped! This natural area includes habitats such as vernal pools, sedge meadows, northern rich fen, and oak and aspen woodlands. Some habitats, such as the northern rich fen, are somewhat rare for this part of Minnesota. In this beautiful setting, we explore and study the wildlife living on Zoo grounds. We also provide opportunities for the public to help with our field work! Join our Facebook community to keep up to date on these exciting events!

Legacy Logo ColorFinalWildlife education is another important part of the BioDiscovery Project. We provide tools for guests of all ages to explore and appreciate wildlife in their own lives, so be sure to check the Zoo’s event calendar for on-site opportunities. You can also learn more about Minnesota wildlife by browsing our Meet the Animals page. Feeling inspired to get outdoors and explore? Find tips on planning your own wildlife adventure in our Experience Minnesota’s Wildlife section!


Field Notebook

Check out our BioDiscovery Project blog updates here – you’ll find updates on our field work, learn about the species we find, and see some fantastic photos!

Experience Minnesota Wildlife!

Did you know over 1.5 million people enjoy wildlife watching in Minnesota each year? Find out what all the hype is about by going on your own wildlife watching expedition!

Meet the Animals!

Welcome to our online library! Here, you’ll find cool facts about the Minnesota animals that live wild on the undeveloped area of the Minnesota Zoo.