It might surprise you that the Zoo sits on a 485-acre property, over half of which is undeveloped! This natural area includes habitats such as vernal pools, sedge meadows, northern rich fen, and oak and aspen woodlands. Some habitats, such as the northern rich fen, are somewhat rare for this part of Minnesota. From March 2013 through July 2014 Minnesota Zoo staff, led by former Zoo employee Katie Talbott, cataloged and monitored wildlife on the Zoo site as part of a BioDiscovery project. Although the formal project has finished, we still invite you to explore with us! Check out our tools for guests of all ages to explore local wildlife and find tips on planning your own wildlife adventure! Feeling inspired to get outdoors and explore?
Experience Minnesota Wildlife!
Did you know over 1.5 million people enjoy wildlife watching in Minnesota each year? Find out what all the hype is about by going on your own wildlife watching expedition!
Meet the Animals!
Welcome to our online library! Here, you’ll find cool facts about the Minnesota animals that live wild on the undeveloped area of the Minnesota Zoo.