Animal Sponsorships are a great way to celebrate the nature-loving friends and family in your life! Your contribution is used to help fund the care of all the amazing animals at the Minnesota Zoo. You're also helping support wildlife conservation both in Minnesota and around the world.
The available featured animals below highlight the diversity of wildlife you can find throughout the Zoo. Your sponsorship package will include:
• A personalized digital certificate (emailed within 2-3 business days)
• An animal fact sheet (emailed within 2-3 business days)
• An animal trading card (mailed within 10 business days)
Spotlight Animal - Dino Hideout, Tyrannosaurus Rex!
T. rex comes alive again in Dino Hideout, a new interactive, educational experience at the Minnesota Zoo. With life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, natural play features, and hidden picture artwork, kids (and kids at heart) will have fun while learning about these extinct animals from long ago.
As we face startling drops in animal populations over the last century, it’s critical we understand the impact of extinctions and what it may mean for the humans, animals, and ecosystems of our world. Dino Hideout aims to educate on the past and provide hope for our future.
When you support the Minnesota Zoo through a commemorative Dino Hideout animal sponsorship, you make a difference for the important work here of better understanding nature to help save wildlife.
Your sponsorship package will include:
A personalized certificate (mailed within 10 business days)
An animal fact sheet (mailed within 10 business days)
An exclusive Commemorative Dino Hideout T. rex CUBLES (mailed within 10 business days)
Featured Sponsorship Options
The largest of all cats, the Amur tiger is a top predator of far eastern Asia. With thick fur and padded paws, this northern cat is well protected against the bone-chilling cold and icy winds of winter. The Minnesota Zoo has long been dedicated to tiger conservation in collaboration with zoos throughout the world.
Native to Minnesota, the three black bears living at the Zoo – Tiva, Syke, and Kuruk – were found orphaned in 2010 in the northcentral area of the state. Mostly solitary, bears can roam long distances. In prep for hibernation, they forage on the richest food, gaining 2-3 pounds a day to increase fat reserves for winter.
Several breeds of horses can be found at the Zoo’s Wells Fargo Family Farm, including Clydesdale, Pony of America, Haflinger, and American Paint. The Clydesdales are a fan-favorite, pulling a wagon in the daily parade at the Minnesota State Fair, and the riding horses participate in education programs, like Horse Zoo Camp.
The whitetip reef shark is threatened in the wild because it lives only in shallow ocean waters surrounding coral reefs, making it vulnerable to habitat degradation. Also, it doesn’t reproduce until it is relatively old and gives birth to small litters. Whitetip reef sharks typically have an easy-going disposition and small teeth.
The bald eagle who calls the Minnesota Trail home was found in Wisconsin in 1997, suffering from a broken wing and lead poisoning. Veterinarians discovered her wing injury was old and had healed in a way that made flight impossible. Because she would never be able to fly, she couldn’t be released back into the wild.
Have a specific species in mind? You are welcome to sponsor any of the animals that call the Minnesota Zoo home (explore them all here). Your sponsorship will include a personalized certificate and fact sheet specific to the species you select, and in lieu of a plush and trading card, you will receive a fun animal book!
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
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