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

Mission: To connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife.