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    Conservation Partner Spotlight: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs

Conservation Partner Spotlight: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs

Prior to rapid urban and agricultural development in North America during the 19th century, freshwater mussels were as common as pebbles in any of Minnesota’s babbling brooks.

“There were places you couldn’t put your foot down in a river without stepping on one. It was like a cobblestone road paved with mussels,” says Mike Davis, […]

Field Journal: Head-start wood turtles

After a long winter under ice and mud, Minnesota’s turtles emerge with the first warm rays of spring sun. It is also at this time that Minnesota Zoo Conservation staff gear up for the coming busy field season.

For Conservation Biologist Dr. Tricia Markle, this means frequent trips away from the Zoo to check on […]

Friday, May 21, 2021|Conservation, In The Field, Turtles|
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    Combating poaching of tigers and other wildlife in Malaysia’s Endau-Rompin Landscape

Combating poaching of tigers and other wildlife in Malaysia’s Endau-Rompin Landscape

Dr. Tara Harris, Vice President for Conservation at the Minnesota Zoo, and Coordinator of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Tiger Species Survival Plan and Tiger Conservation Campaign, is visiting tiger conservation projects in Malaysia and Indonesia.  Conducted by WCS-Malaysia and WCS-Indonesia, these projects are supported by numerous zoos, individuals, and others through the […]

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    Searching for the Elusive Malayan Tiger, Endau Rompin Tiger Landscape

Searching for the Elusive Malayan Tiger, Endau Rompin Tiger Landscape

Dr. Tara Harris, Vice President for Conservation at the Minnesota Zoo, and Coordinator of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Tiger Species Survival Plan and Tiger Conservation Campaign, is visiting tiger conservation projects in Malaysia and Indonesia.  Conducted by WCS-Malaysia and WCS-Indonesia, these projects are supported by numerous zoos, individuals, and others through the […]

Demystifying the Giant Armadillo

Giant armadillo via camera trap.The Minnesota Zoo is well known for its 485 acre facility in Apple Valley, Minnesota. However, people may be less familiar with the amazing work the Zoo does outside of Minnesota. The Zoo’s Conservation Advisory Team and the Minnesota Zoo Foundation […]

Tuesday, December 23, 2014|Conservation, In The Field|

Studying Wild Dholes in Thailand – May 2014

Dr. Kate Jenks is a Conservation Biologist at the Minnesota Zoo. She was recently in Thailand leading the Zoo’s efforts to save endangered dholes (otherwise known as Asian wild dogs) in partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

After a long bitterly cold Minnesota winter, I was certainly looking forward to traveling to Thailand. Well, […]

Wednesday, May 21, 2014|Conservation, Dhole Conservation|

Studying Minnesota Moose

Dr. Kim VanderWaal is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Minnesota Zoo’s Conservation Department. She is studying the risks Minnesota moose face from parasites transmitted from white-tailed deer.

Researching wildlife is not always glamorous.  Indeed, I have found that some of the most valuable information about wild animals can be learned by studying what they […]

Neither snow, nor ice, nor threat of frostbite…

  Red Bellied Woodpecker  Although the weather […]

Tuesday, December 31, 2013|Conservation|
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