During the entire month of November, the Minnesota Zoo​ will be sharing stories of the many rescued and rehabilitated animals that we care for. All of our animals receive amazing care from zoo staff, volunteers and community members. All of this work is made possible because of YOUR amazing support – thank you! Check back daily as we feature a new story from around the Zoo.

Adding a musical element to his new home in the Medtronic Minnesota Trail’s Aviary is a male robin who arrived earlier this year. Estimated to be a few years old, he was illegally owned and hand-reared as a pet in Texas before being brought to Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. Because he is imprinted, he was deemed unreleasable into the wild and later came to the Minnesota Zoo. He is doing fantastic in his new home, in fact, it’s so naturalistic he doesn’t spend much time with humans anymore. He can often be found singing at the top of his enclosure amidst the other birds.

Did you know? Arguably one of the most recognizable birds in North America, American robins can often be found foraging on the ground for earth worms. They have a recognizable cheery song, aggressively protect their nests, and are known for their “robin’s-egg blue” eggs.

Just by visiting the Minnesota Zoo you are helping to save wildlife near and far, like our rescued American robin. Become a Zoo member and explore the Zoo year round to learn and discover new things about the natural world.