Sunday, April 28, 2013
Mothers get complimentary admission with the purchase of another regularly-priced ticket.
Moms get in free at the Great Clips IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo on May 11 and May 12 in honor of Mother's Day weekend. Mothers get complimentary admission with the purchase of another regularly-priced ticket, according to a news release issued by the Minnesota Zoo. "Iron Man 3: 3D" and "Kenya 3D: Animal Kingdom" will be showing that weekend. Show times on Saturday and Sunday are as follows:
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Animal enthusiasts can watch the penguins play on a livestreaming webcam.
The Minnesota Zoo's population of endangered African penguins just got a little larger. On Friday, zoo officials announced the hatching of a second penguin chick, which joins an older African penguin chick that hatched on March 2. Both penguins are being raised behind the scenes, according to a zoo news release, and aren't yet part of any exhibit at the zoo. But that doesn't mean animal enthusiasts can't catch of glimpse of the penguins. The zoo rolled out a penguin webcam that is available from roughly 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day so that webcam viewers can keep an eye on the penguin pair. African penguins live and nest on the southwest coast of Africa, and feed primarily on anchovies, sardines, herring and other fish, according to zoo …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Minnesota Zoo, lobbying for $11 million in bonding to renovate its exhibits, brought a host of unusual animals to St. Paul as part of "Zoo Day".
Critics love to describe the Minnesota State Capitol as a political "zoo." But on March 21, the legislative chambers resembled the real thing, as the Minnesota Zoo, lobbying for $11 million in bonding to renovate exhibits, brought a host of unusual animals to St. Paul as part of "Zoo Day".
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hatched March 2, the penguin—whose gender is not yet known—is currently being raised behind-the-scenes by foster parents, according to zoo officials.
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Minnesota Zoo. The Minnesota Zoo is thrilled to announce the hatching of its first endangered African penguin chick – a significant achievement for the Zoo, which opened the "3M Penguins of the African Coast" exhibit in 2011. Hatched March 2, the penguin—whose gender is not yet known—is currently being raised behind-the-scenes by foster parents. The biological parents were not incubating the egg consistently so the decision was made to give it to an experienced pair. So far, the chick is doing very well and has grown from 2.4 ounces to over 1 pound, 6 ounces. African penguins live and nest on the southwest coast of Africa. Considered to be medium-sized, they are approximately 26-28 …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Keep track of local politics with Patch's weekly southeast metro legislative review.
A proposal to appropriate $15,000,000 for improvements to the Minnesota Zoo has the support of Rep. Sandra Masin (51A, DFL). Masin is listed as a co-author on HF 928, authored by District 56B Rep. Will Morgan (DFL). Under the bill's provisions, the money would be used to improve the infrastructure and exhibits at the zoo. In other political news from around the southeast metro: Rep. David Bly (20B, DFL) believes the food and agricultural systems in Minnesota are in need of improvement, which is why Bly authored HF 874, which would establish a 20-member Minnesota Food Council responsible for communication, research and reporting of policy recommendations to improve the food system in Minnesota, with a special eye toward sustainability. …
Friday, March 1, 2013
For just over two weeks in March, Dakota County residents can get in gratis if they bring a defunct Blackberry, iPhone or flip-phone.
Can't seem to get rid of that worn Samsung from 2005? Don't chuck it into the trash, use at as a pass to get into the Minnesota Zoo. For a limited time, from March 1 to March 17, the zoo will waive admission for those who bring in an old cell for recycling. Tickets to the zoo cost $12 to $18, more if you plan to go to the IMAX Theatre. The “Recycle for Rainforests” promotion is the fruit of a partnership between the zoo and MPC, a Mendota Heights company. The promotion has a three-fold benefit: It keeps hazardous e-waste out of landfills, reduces the demand for minerals used in cell phones and other electronic devices (which are often mined in the African rainforests, much to the forests detriment), and raises money for rain forest …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Minnesota Zoo lecture series will feature Dr. Jonathan Foley, director of the Univeristy of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog Can we feed everyone on the planet without destroying the planet in the process? That's the question being addressed March 5 by Dr. Jonathan Foley, director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, as part of the Minnesota Zoo's Our World Speaker Series. Increasing human consumption is placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and our natural resources. To meet the world’s future food security, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. Foley, McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, will talk about innovative…
Monday, November 12, 2012
New amusements, animal exhibits and an emphasis on conservation included in the plan.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog A new master plan approved by the Minnesota Zoo’s board this month calls for new amusements, new animal exhibits and an emphasis on conservation. According to a story in the Pioneer Press on Monday, visitors could see some of the zoo additions by 2014. Included in the master plan, approved by the zoo’s board on Nov. 1, are: • Construction of Crossroad Park, with a carousel, gift shop and play area; and Adventure Park, with zip lines, a rope course and a Chutes and Ladders play area. • Addition of new African and Asian animal exhibits. • Emphasis on the zoo’s conservation work, like its animal breeding and habitat programs. No price tags or timelines were …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Naming contest continues via zoo’s Facebook page.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Minnesota Zoo. The Minnesota Zoo has announced that its two Amur tiger cubs went exhibit for the first time on Tuesday. The first cub was born at the Minnesota Zoo on June 17. The second cub, born at the St. Louis Zoo on July 1, came to Minnesota on July 19. The cubs, both female, were brought together to ensure the best socialization – both were hand-reared because their mothers did not successfully nurse them. Now, nearly off bottles and growing strong, the cubs are ready to go on exhibit for part of the day in the Tiger Lair along the zoo’s Northern Trail. The pair has become quite the sensation over …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The next concert, featuring Lucy Michelle, is planned for Oct. 4.
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog Editor’s Note: This is a press release from the Minnesota Zoo. Twin Cities musician Chris Koza was the first act to perform in the Minnesota Zoo’s new indoor acoustic concert series, Live On Stage, which debuted Sept. 27 in the Zoo’s new indoor theatre, the Target Learning Center. The Live On Stage acoustic concert series celebrates Minnesota musicians and offers a unique venue, experience and new date night location in the Twin Cities. CONCERT SCHEDULE • Oct. 4—Lucy Michelle • Oct. 18—The Atlantis Quartet (jazz) • Oct. 25—Alison Scott • Nov. 7—Jeremy Messersmith EVENING SCHEDULE • 6 to 7 p.m.—The zoo opens for a stroll through the Tropics Trail • 7 p.m.— Doors …