Created by the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems. Learn more about the Minnesota Zoo—our mission, leadership, and history.
The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited institution of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is an institutional member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The Minnesota Zoo at a Glance
Quick Overview of the Zoo
Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Fund
With support from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the Minnesota Zoo is expanding its programming.
See our vision for the future.