Minnesota ZooMember News
February 20, 2015


Take a break from winter−come and play in the sand!
We've extended the sandbox through March 2, 2015! Bring your family and friends to the Tropics Trail for a giant indoor sandbox playdate! B.Y.O.P (bring your own pail), or purchase sand toys at the Zoo gift shop.

Featured Animal Spotlight: Komodo Dragons

  • The saliva of the Komodo dragon contains close to 50 types of bacteria.
  • Komodos don't need to eat often, but when they do, they can eat up to 80% of their body weight.
  • Komodo dragons are capable of stretching and unhinging their jaws, which enables them to eat large prey. They usually consume their prey whole, but will tear it into pieces if necessary.
  • Much like sharks, Komodo dragons go through 4 or 5 sets of teeth throughout their life. Their mouth contains 60 sharp teeth, flattened and serrated, and perfect for cutting and tearing food.

Summer Zoo Camp 2015
Registration for summer Zoo Camp  has begun! We experienced a record-setting number of online registrations last weekend, but if you encountered any difficulty registering, be assured that many camp options are still available. Visit mnzoo.org/zoocamp to register today! For questions, please e-mail educate@mnzoo.org or call 952.431.9390.

Be a Part of Minnesota Zoo History
Hawaiian monk seals are coming to the Minnesota Zoo, and you can help! Click here to learn more in a video message from Melanie Oerter, marine mammal zoologist, who recently traveled to Hawaii to work with this critically-endangered species.

Members are coming together to sponsor one seal's journey to Minnesota. Click here to learn more!

 Minnesota Zoo Gift Shop Promotion for Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

Purchase a promotional plush from Timberlodge Traders Gift Shop, and it will be given to a child at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Protect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Support our animals and our environment: purchase books, organic apparel, and Fair Trade Protect Products at the Minnesota Zoo Gift Shops.



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Upcoming Events

Warm Up in the Wild
Saturday, February 28 at 6 p.m.
Need a winter escape? Enjoy an adults-only tropical experience at Warm Up in the Wild, an annual event hosted by AZUL. Experience the Zoo after-hours, play in the sand, and have a cocktail with a Colobus monkey at this tropical beach party. Don't forget your flip flops!

Members Appreciation Monday
March 2 & 9
Enjoy the Zoo with no large groups scheduled on the first and second Monday of each month (November-March.)

World Language Days

Tuesday, March 10
A high volume of students will visit the Zoo for a Chinese immersion language experience.

Our World Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 11
7 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Great Lakes Piping Plover Population: On the Road to Recovery
In 1986, the population of piping plovers was listed as "endangered." Learn about its recovery process, including successes and challenges, and efforts needed to delist this still vulnerable population.

Members Appreciation
Click here for details!

Birthday Parties
The program returns with a new look! Members receive a discounted rate.