Minnesota’s Freshwater Cleaners

May is Lake Cleanup Month, and we’d like to announce the winner of our “Most Dedicated to Lake Cleanliness” award… Congratulations to Minnesota’s native freshwater Read More


Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road??

Bird song once again fills the treetops, the grass is greening, and turtles are emerging. It’s springtime in Minnesota! Each year, as lakes, rivers, and Read More


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    Frozen in Time – Overwintering Caterpillars at the Minnesota Zoo

Frozen in Time – Overwintering Caterpillars at the Minnesota Zoo

Did you know that many species of insects survive Minnesota winters by “hibernating” throughout the cold months? While some insects, such as the monarch butterfly, Read More


Mussel Update

After a relatively quick fall, the mussels at the Minnesota Zoo are settling in for a long winter’s nap. During the summer months, native mussels Read More

Thursday, October 25, 2018|Conservation, Minnesota Conservation, Zoo News|

Researching Coral in the Caribbean

The Minnesota Zoo connects people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. One way we do that is through a special staff grant program Read More

Wednesday, September 20, 2017|Conservation, In The Field, Minnesota Conservation|

Take Action During National Pollinator Week!

June 20-26 is National Pollinator week!  Did you know that three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops Read More


Six Marvelous Moose Calves

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 Read More


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    Building Mussels at the Zoo? An Exercise in Freshwater Conservation.

Building Mussels at the Zoo? An Exercise in Freshwater Conservation.

By: Matt McLaughlin, Life Support Systems Coordinator The Minnesota Zoo has always placed great emphasis on conserving wildlife.  While we’ve been on the forefront of conservation Read More