Member News
July 16, 2015


Come Play Like an Animal in the Hanifl Family Wild Woods

The Minnesota Zoo's new, immersive nature-play experience is open! Kids can climb on, crawl through, dig in and discover nature in a "please touch" environment that is free with admission. The 30,000-square-foot upland wooded area, adjacent to the Zoo's Conservation Carousel, features multiple natural play elements like boulder climbs, a climbing horse, log pile climb, mazes, slides, tree top towers with bridges, and more.

The Minnesota Zoo is on a mission to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. We take nature play seriously, because playing in nature leads to protecting nature.

Win a Nature Hike "Through the Woods" with the Okee Dokee Brothers

You're invited to register for a chance to join Justin and Joe on an exclusive nature hike at 5 p.m. on July 26. Ten lucky families will be selected by random drawing and notified on July 20. Enter to win here!

Grand Opening Celebration July 26
Join us for a special day full of family activities, culminating with the nearly sold-out Okee Dokee Brothers concert at 7 p.m., which is part of the Subway Music in the Zoo series.

Asian Wild Horse Foal
The Minnesota Zoo has welcomed a new Asian wild horse! Born July 13, the foal
−a male−is on exhibit with his mother and can be seen on the Northern Trail. Stop by and see him this weekend!

Brew at the Zoo
August 7
Raise your glass to conservation and join us for the sixth annual suds sipping' safari. Enjoy a wide variety of refreshing local domestic/microbrews, complimentary appetizers, and live music. Proceeds support the Zoo's conservation programs. Register Today

Exciting Family Learning Adventures

Animals After Dark Family ZzzZoo Overnights
July 24
Spend an evening exploring the watery world of our new Hawaiian monk seals, sharks and other ocean life.
Register TodayMember discount applies.


Zoo Hours
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

New Arrivals
Bison calves, snow monkey infants, an Asian wild horse foal, and a calf are now on exhibit at the Zoo!

Visitor Updates
The new Red Line bus service has expanded transportation to the Minnesota Zoo. Click here for more information.

For the protection of our animal collection, the Zoo is not allowing selfie sticks to be used during Zoo hours.


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Horse Birthday Parties
Celebrate your child's birthday party at the Zoo with our new ponies!
Click here for more information on our pony and horse programs.

Summer Events

6th Annual Photo Contest

Aveda Butterfly Garden
Open daily through Labor Day

Weekly Farmers' Market
July 8-August 26
12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Career Day
July 25
Member discount applies

Horticulture Tour
August 3
Member discount applies

Tiger Tracks 5K & Kids' Run
August 22

Win a Save Wildlife!
You could be holding the winning ticket to a 2015 Toyota RAV4, donated by Twin Cities Toyota Dealers. Purchase your $20 chance to win at the Zoo's Guest Services desk, or call 952.431.9310. Rules & Regulations.