Minnesota Zoo surveys plants, animals found outside the exhibits.
This spring, zoo conservationists launched a "biodiscovery" project to learn more about the native species living outside the exhibits.
Minnesota Zoo's African Penguin Chicks.
The Minnesota Zoo is thrilled to announce the hatching of its second African penguin chick and the debut of a new penguin webcam
Minnesota Zoo's Best Of Minnesota: Kid’s Birthday Party.
WCCO viewers pick the Minnesota Zoo as the Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party in Minnesota. More information on Birthday parties.
Minnesota Zoo's Love Tour Event.
The varied and often unexpected ways animals woo each other are the subject of a Valentine's Day event for adults only.
Update on Minnesota Zoo biologist's work to save rhinos in Namibia
MPR Interview with Jeff Muntifering on latest efforts to protect rhinos in Namibia.
No hibernating for the winter at the Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo is featured on KARE11 Sunrise.
Simply Science: Minnesota Zoo uses unique methods to keep animals healthy, happy
Minnesota Zoo featured on KARE11 Simply Science.
Minnesota Zoo's 'bird guy' is retiring
Minnesota Zoo's Jimmy Pichner is retiring after 34 years of caring for the Minnesota Zoo's bird collection.
Minnesota Zoo Tiger Cub Has New Companion Courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo
An endangered Amur tiger cub has found a new home at the Minnesota Zoo.Learn more
The new cub, transferred to the Minnesota Zoo from the Saint Louis Zoo on July 19, was born July 1 and had been hand-reared since her birth. To ensure the best socialization, animal care staff from both the Saint Louis Zoo and the Minnesota Zoo, along with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Tiger Species Survival Plan Coordinator, decided the new cub should complete her hand-rearing at the Minnesota Zoo with its resident cub, born June 17 and also hand- reared by staff. Hand-rearing was necessary in both cases because the mothers did not successfully nurse the cubs.
Minnesota Zoo staff is excited for the new addition: “I am proud to be part of such an important collaboration,” says Diana Weinhardt, the Minnesota Zoo’s Northern Trail supervisor. “Working with the Saint Louis Zoo to provide the best social situation for these cubs has been a highlight of my zoo career. We are doing everything we can to make this the best possible situation.”
Adds Steve Bircher, curator of mammals at the Saint Louis Zoo: “Tigers learn from other tigers, so that kind of socialization with a cub her age will be good for this cub.” Amur tigers, managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP), have been part of the Minnesota Zoo’s Northern Trail exhibit since the Zoo opened in 1978. Zoo staff members have coordinated the Tiger SSP for more than two decades, and continue to lead efforts conserving tigers in the wild.
The Minnesota Zoo is one of 13 coalition members that comprise the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (amur-leopard.org) . These coalition members pool their resources to help support conservation efforts for wild Amur tigers and leopards. Since 2007, the Minnesota Zoo, in cooperation with other North American zoos, has helped raise over $90,000 for these efforts.
Minnesota Zoo staff also coordinates the Tiger SSP’s new Tiger Conservation Campaign, aimed at raising awareness about the plight of wild tigers and funding for their conservation. Since January 2012, the Minnesota Zoo and its young professionals organization, AZUL, have raised nearly $15,000 for this program in support of anti-poaching efforts in the Russian Far East, as well as the formation of a Tiger Health Support Program. To learn about and contribute to these efforts, visit mnzoo.org/tigerssp/campaign and
Minnesota Zoo Partners with DNR to Preserve Bison
The Minnesota Zoo has joined with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in an effort to conserve the North American plains bison.
The Minnesota Zoo will work with the DNR to cooperatively manage a genetically-pure bison herd at Minnesota state parks and exhibition at the Zoo. A herd of 100+ bison currently reside at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota, a project that started in 1961 with three bison from Nebraska. The Zoo exhibits bison on its Northern Trail.Learn more
Background and Project
The new effort will help protect the genetic diversity of this native Minnesota species and educate Minnesotans about the bison’s conservation story and the important roles bison (and other large herbivores) play in our prairie ecosystem.
“American bison were the first wildlife species that zoos actively worked to help save, with a small herd originating from the Bronx Zoo being returned to the wild in 1907 to help restore the species in the Western Plains,” said Minnesota Zoo Director/CEO Lee Ehmke. “A strategic priority of the Minnesota Zoo is to increase awareness and to actively participate in the restoration of the prairie ecosystems that once occupied vast areas of Minnesota. Helping to expand the population and range of a keystone species like the bison, in collaboration with our colleagues at the DNR, is exactly the sort of conservation action our Zoo is committed to engage in.”
Courtland Nelson, director, DNR Division of Parks and Trails added: “We are very excited to be able to work with Minnesota Zoo staff to help preserve and expand the number of plains bison in Minnesota being managed for species conservation and ecological restoration. By signing this memorandum of agreement today, we will be helping Minnesota play a greater role in preserving one of the icons of the North American conservation movement and providing additional opportunities for visitors to see and learn more about these magnificent animals and the prairie ecosystems they inhabit.”
The project will begin in the fall of 2012.
About Blue Mounds State Parks
Minnesota Zoo Volunteer featured on 11 Who Care
Minnesota Zoo Volunteer Andy Anderson nominated for the Eleven Who Care. The retired farmer has been educating zoo-goers about animals for the last nine years.
Dinosaurs come to the Minnesota Zoo
Fifteen larger-than-life animatronic dinosaurs including the popular Tyrannosaurus Rex, Giganotosaurus and Brachiosaurus take up temporary residence on the Zoo’s Northern Trail.
Minnesota Zoo Welcomes Its First-Ever Baby Tamandua
It’s a girl! The Minnesota Zoo welcomed its first tamandua earlier this month — marking a rare addition to the zoo family.
Minnesota Zoo biologist working to protect rhinos from poachers
MPR Interview with Jeff Muntifering on latest efforts to protect rhinos in Namibia.
Zoo's Director of Conservation Tara Harris named to the 40 under 40
Minnesota Zoo's own Tara Harris honored by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal to 40 under Forty
Zoomobile visits Iowa
More than one hundred adults and children were treated to a special spring break program at Lime Creek Nature Center on Monday.
Minnesota Zoo: Want to celebrate Leap Day? Save a frog
Many people, especially those with an interest in conservation, are aware that amphibians are in trouble.
World Language Days at the Zoo
World Language Days lets students learn about the Minnesota Zoo - in French
Celebrating sustainable seafood: Minnesota Zoo's Fish Bites event
Minnesota Zoo's Fish Bites event is featured on KARE11.
3M Penguins of the African Coast in the News
It's a penguin party at the Minnesota Zoo. The 3M Penguins of the African Coast Exhibit officially opens to the general public on Saturday, July 9.
Meetings magazine Q&A with Lee Ehmke
Meetings Q&A article with Minnesota Zoo director and CEO, Lee Ehmke
Retired farmer finds home at Minnesota Zoo
For nine years now, 91 year old Andy Anderson has been spending two days a week holding both baby farm animals and children's attention.
Tiger expert Ron Tilson retires from Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo's World-Renowned Tiger Expert and Director of Conservation to Retire on Earth Day
Dedication, Motivation Earn 'Diver Dan' Minnesota Zoo's Keeper of the Year Award
Minnesota Zoo aquarist Dan Peterson talks shark bites and sea dragons, and what winning this award means to him.
Minnesota Zoo Voodoo Lily
Similar to a corpse flower – known for its rotting, deadly smell upon blooming – a "voodoo lily" has found its way to the Minnesota Zoo where it is expected to bloom in the next few days. It's the Zoo's first voodoo lily.
FOX 9's Jason Matheson Works at The Minnesota Zoo
Jason Matheson goes out of his comfort zone and gets down to work at The Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo's baby De Brazza's monkey featured on KARE 11
Zoo's Baby De Brazza's Monkey featured on KARE 11 Simply Science.
Minnesota Zoo biologist working to save rhinos from increase in poaching
MPR Interview; Jeff Muntifering talks about how in South Africa alone had over 300 confirmed poaching cases last year-that's almost one per day; a huge increase from 2009.
New Endangered Malayan Tapir in the news
A new Malayan tapir, considered an endangered species, is now calling the Minnesota Zoo home.