They’re small, they’re colorful and can sometimes pack a real punch. Poison-dart frogs come from the family Dendrobatidae and presently are split up into four major groups – Dendrobates, Epipedobates, Minyobates and Phyllobates. (Phew…that’s a lot of “–bates”) One of the […]

Thursday, March 20, 2014|Animal, Herpetology, Tropics Trail|

Lemur Exhibit Gets a Little Greener

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The lemur exhibit on the Tropics Trail was recently given a makeover. The Minnesota Zoo’s horticulture supervisor, Kim Thomas, and her team strategically worked on placing new plants in the lemur exhibit that are native to Madagascar. The new plant additions […]

Thursday, March 13, 2014|Animal, Horticulture, Tropics Trail|

NEW Komodo Dragons on Exhibit

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Animal Facts: The Swell Shark

swell-shark-eggIn light of our new Swell shark pup, our zookeeper, Christoph, wanted to share some fun facts about this cool ocean-dweller, specifically the process from egg to pup….

The Swell Shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) is a type of catshark found in the Eastern […]

Monday, December 23, 2013|Animal, Aquariums|

Bear Hibernation

March 1, 2013

This winter has been bitter, windy, cold, slushy, icy and definitely snowy.  Considering all this, it is not surprising that many of us would like to sleep through it all and wake up when it is spring again, when the sun shines for hours and warm temperatures make going outside enjoyable.   Bears […]

Sunday, June 30, 2013|Animal|

How do we get the animals to take their medicine?

April 1, 2013
by Rachel Thompson, DVM

You may be wondering how animal care staff at the Minnesota Zoo gets the animals to take their medicine. It’s often easier said than done!

Some medicine, especially antibiotics, can taste very bitter. Very few zoo animals will swallow a pill whole and chase it with a glass of water, […]

Sunday, June 30, 2013|Animal, Behind the Scenes|

Primorye Safari Park & Rehabilitation Center

May 31, 2013

Dr. Tara Harris, Director of Conservation and Tiger Species Survival Plan Coordinator, is visiting the Amur tiger and leopard conservation projects the Minnesota Zoo supports in the Russian Far East. 


I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about our first stop on Day 5 of my trip to the Russian Far […]

How do you know when a zoo animal is sick?

by Dr. Rachel Thompson

Zoo veterinarians are often asked how we know when an animal is sick. It’s a very good question! Our patients can’t tell us where it hurts, so we look at non-verbal cues to give us insight on their health status. This can be difficult, especially with prey species because they are […]

Friday, June 28, 2013|Behind the Scenes, home-promo|