Minnesota Zoo
Member News
December 5, 2014


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Your quarterly, interactive, digital newsletter

In This Issue:

New South American Aviary

After months of remodeling, the South American Aviary has reopened, featuring 25 birds from eight different species found in the Americas.

The Zoo: It's Not Just For Kids
Make an adult date with the Minnesota Zoo.

Animal Spotlight
"Mydas," a young, 50-pound green sea turtle who came to the Minnesota Zoo from Florida.

Turtle Life Support
Minnesota Zoo staffers Matt, Wes, and Mark volunteered their time over the past year to design a "turtle life support system" for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) in Roseville. The WRC cares for nearly 200 species of animals each year, including snapping turtles, and this new system will ensure better water quality for the turtles, safer systems for staff and volunteers to use, and less overall maintenance. The team (including Mark's son, Sam) installed the systems yesterday; also pictured is WRC Executive Director Phil and Certified Veterinary Technician Addie.

What's In Your Stocking?
Here's your one-stop shopping guide for the animal lovers in your life! Check out these unique gift ideas from the Minnesota Zoo:

Minnesota Zoo Membership Gift Cards

Backstage Pass
A once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to foster positive, lifelong connections to the natural world.

Have a Tigerific Holiday!
Order your annual keepsake ornaments today, handcrafted by Zoo volunteers, for $6 each.

Animal Sponsorship
Sponsor an animal in someone's honor, and help defray the cost of feeding and caring for more than 4,300 wild, wonderful creatures that live here.

Minnesota Zoo gift certificates available for any dollar amount!

Member Mondays
December 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 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.


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

Animal Wish List
Minnesota Zoo animals enjoy getting gifts too! Children of all ages can have fun treating the animals with a special holiday enrichment gift by purchasing an approved "toy" from our wish list on Amazon.com.
Questions? Contact Christine McKnight at 952.431.9464.

Timber Lodge Traders at the Minnesota Zoo is an official drop-off site.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

New! "School's Out!" Camps
We are now offering camps for kids ages 3½ through Grade 6 when school is out. Check out what we have to offer for the January 19 (Martin Luther King Day) and February 16 (President's Day) holidays.