Minnesota Zoo
Member News
November 20, 2014
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Santa Saturdays
December 6, 13, 20
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

December is a great time to visit the Zoo! Meet Santa and take that perfect family photo.

We've got "Hotspots" on Cold Days
Venture into the Zoo's rain forest any day of the year! Here you will see several of the world's biodiversity "hotspots"–areas especially rich in species found nowhere else that are also at extreme risk of destruction.

New to the trail is the South American Bird Aviary. Three new species–sunbitterns, roseate spoonbills, and Venezuelan troupials–have joined crested oropendolas, Peruvia thick-knees, elegant crested-tinamous, black-necked stilts and scarlet ibises in a new lush habitat boasting more viewing areas, better lighting, hundreds of plants, a wading pool and waterfalls.

Don't forget to swing by the Tropical Reef–our green sea turtle is back on exhibit!

Walking at the Zoo: You Can't Beat the View!
Whether you prefer a speedy jaunt or a meandering stroll, the Minnesota Zoo is a great place to get moving all year-round. It's a well-kept secret that 9 a.m. on winter Member Mondays is a great time to enjoy the trails and see many animals in their most active state. Even though you'll be busy logging your steps, don't forget to bring your camera! Share your great winter walking shots with us by using #zoowalker and @mnzoo. Here's what you can plan to achieve:

  • Minnesota Trail-250 steps
  • Tropics Trail-680 steps
  • Loop around the Lake-800 steps
  • Main Zoo entrance through Tropics Trail and Minnesota Trail, then back to the entrance-1585 steps
  • Northern Trail Loop from Central Plaza-2500 steps*
    (*Add another 2400 steps for a Farm visit on your Northern Trail Loop once Farm Babies opens in the spring!)

"You may need to bring your parka or your hat, but it's nice to walk the Zoo even in winter. It's quieter here and there are still animals to see."---Minnesota Zoo member Chuck Kausalik-Boe

Member Mondays
December 1 & 8
Enjoy the Zoo with no large groups scheduled on the first and second Monday of the month (November-March.)

  • 20% discount on food purchases
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases. Some exclusions may apply.
  • Bring a non-member guest and they will receive a discount ($2 off adult and $1 off child/senior admission prices.)
    Have your guest purchase a membership and you will both receive a Free Complimentary IMAX® voucher. Good for one admission ticket for any show, subject to seat availability.
  • Enjoy story time in the Bee Hive at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

New Education Program for Adults
Photography at the Zoo: Bypassing Barriers
November 22 & November 23
3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Learn tips and tricks-of-the-trade from photography experts, and take advantage of the chance to  see and photograph the Zoo's animals without the crowds, as the Zoo will be closed to the public. A Zoo naturalist will also assist with each program to answer questions and share fun facts about the trails and their animals. Register Now!
Browse other opportunities for adults.

Holiday Themed Classes for Kids and Families

Preschool Pals
Winter Pals: December 5
Holiday Pals: December 12
Penguin Pals: December 19

Kindergarten Kids
Festive Furries: December 13
Penguin Plunge: December 20

Family Zoo Adventures
Holiday Animals: December 7 & 13

This Give to the Max Day, 675 of you gave to help the Minnesota Zoo connect people, animals, and the natural world. Thanks to you, $71,130 was raised in just 24 hours, securing $60,000 in matching funds from the Valspar Foundation and private donors. From all of us at the Zoo, thank you. Click here for a special video message!


Zoo Hours
Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed November 27 and December 25

Black Friday Offer: $25 OFF a Household Plus Membership Gift Card
Mark your Black Friday calendars to take advantage of this great gift idea that will fit everyone on your list! The offer will be valid from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. (We'll remind you next week.)

For other membership categories available for purchase, click here.

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Upcoming Events

Home for the Holidays
Now through January 4
The Zoo salutes our troops now through January 4! Specials for military personnel and families include:
*free admission/parking for military personnel
*half price admission for family members
*20% discount on food
*20% discount on gifts
*education program discounts

Alison Hawthorne Deming on the meaning of Zoologies
Saturday, December 6
Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Target® Learning Center
Enjoy selections from Deming's new collection of essays, Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, including an onstage discussion with Minnesota Zoo butterfly conservation specialist, Cale Nordmeyer.

Our World Speaker Series
Critters I Have Known...with Ron Schara and Raven
December 10, 2014
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Ron Schara, and his trusted black lab, Raven, share some memorable stories from his travels and experiences throughout Minnesota.
Previous speaker series are viewable online.

Members Appreciation

Lancer Food Coupon
Enjoy FREE breadsticks with purchase of any whole pizza.

For more offers and updates, visit the members appreciation page.