2018 At a Glance*
Fast Facts
  • Opened to the public in May 1978
  • Located on 485 acres in Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • Home to more than 4,990 animals and 533 species in award-winning exhibits
  • Annual attendance of nearly 1.3 million, including 275,000 from greater Minnesota
  • Approximately 45,700 Zoo Households
  • Annual operating budget of approximately
    $27.6 million
    32% State appropriation
    9% Legacy appropriation
    53% Earned and contributed income
    6% Charitable Contributions
    <1% Other
  • $227.7 million Gross economic output
  • Over 1,280 volunteers contributing more than 114,000 hours valued at $2.8 million
  • Committed to Minnesota conservation projects, including moose, endangered butterflies, bison and native wildlife at the Zoo
  • Coordinate tiger and Asian wild horse conservation breeding programs and campaigns to protect these endangered species in the wild.
  • Conduct international conservation work on endangered black rhinos and Asian wild dogs
  • Supported more than 120 conservation projects in 47 countries through the Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Grant Program
  • Incorporate green practices throughout the Zoo, from large-scale recycling and composting initiatives to environmentally sustainable buildings
  • More than 69,000 school program participants
  • Zoomobile traveled to 42 counties, presenting programs to over 51,000 people
Free and Reduced Admissions
  • Number of free admissions from ZAP (Free to Explore) for FY18: 89,314
  • Total % of admissions that are free or reduced: 29%

*July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Highway 77 South (Cedar) and 38 (McAndrews) in Apple Valley, Minnesota
Located only minutes south of the Mall of America

The Minnesota Zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving & December 25.
Memorial Weekend–Labor Day 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily
September 9 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays (to 6 p.m. weekends)
October–April 30 9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily
May 9 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays (to 6 p.m. weekends)

Stroller and wheelchair rental, birthday parties, baby changing and nursing areas, locker rentals, bus service, lost and found, food service, First Aid, ATM, and Zoo maps

Zoo Information Line 952.431.9500 or 800.366.7811