Releasing Threatened Wood Turtles

Minnesota is home to nine native species of turtle, from the more commonly found snapping and painted turtles, to the relatively elusive smooth softshell turtle Read More


Freshwater Mussel and River Restoration

Freshwater mussels are some of the most at-risk animals in the world. In North America, a mussel biodiversity hotspot, three quarters of the 300+ species Read More


Critical Season to Save Endangered Butterflies

It’s likely that you have never seen, or maybe even heard of, two of Minnesota’s vanishing wildlife species. Small in size and increasingly less easy Read More


Meet Our Team: Mussel Conservationist Ben Minerich

The Minnesota Zoo is home to nearly 5,000 individual animals that make up over 450 species, many of them threatened and endangered. The Zoo is Read More


Plant for Pollinators: How to be a Backyard Wildlife Hero

As the saying goes, “not all heroes wear capes!” With or without a cape, you can be a hero for local wildlife by taking action Read More


Science in Action: Bison Genetics

Minnesota’s natural landscape looked very different in the not-so-distant past. Much of the state was once covered in expansive, biologically-diverse prairie. Tall grasses rolled in Read More


Field Journal: What’s in Store for Upcoming Season

For the Minnesota Zoo’s Conservation Department, the spring and summer field season is an especially busy time. Due to the seasonal variation in wildlife activity, Read More


Backyard Wildlife Hero – Salt Smart

Minnesota winters can be harsh. From the below zero temperatures and winds that will take your breath away, to the onslaught of sudden blizzard conditions, Read More