What is FishSmart?

The first thing you might be asking yourself is, “What is FishSmart?”

Well, in short, FishSmart is a Minnesota Zoo program focused on sustainable seafood education in an effort to conserve our global waters. We work with Twin Cities restaurants to encourage and help give them the information necessary on how to source only sustainable […]

Tuesday, October 1, 2013|Conservation|

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|

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|