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.

Minnesota is home to several iconic species, including the majestic moose. The Minnesota Zoo became the new home to six abandoned moose calves in the summer of 2014 – “Grant,” “Marais,” “Mack,” “Matilda,” “Alice” and “Aurora.” These calves, two male and four female, all came to the Zoo when they were 7 – 9 weeks old and needed around-the-clock care for the first few months as they settled into their new digs. Bottle-feeding a moose calf is an “interesting” job, to say the least, but someone has to do it. With regular check-ups from our dedicated animal care staff, they grew to be healthy and strong in no time.

Now all six moose “calves” can be seen along our outdoor Northern Trail, just across from our Woodland caribou, and they serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts to help educate and connect our guests to this amazing species. Usually there are two moose roaming their public habitat at a time, but you may see a single moose from time to time. This is our resident moose Cathy who has been at the Minnesota Zoo for quite some time, thanks to the great care she is receiving from her amazing zookeepers.

Did you Know? Moose have no top front teeth. They grab their food with their upper lip. When feeding in a river or lake, moose will submerge their head under water but leave their ears out, listening for sounds.

You can help the Minnesota Zoo care for these amazing animals here at the Zoo AND in the wild – sponsor a moose today. Our animal sponsorships make great [holiday] gifts, too! Thank you for helping to save wildlife.