Zoos and Aquariums

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Chipotle will give out free tomato plants at Como Zoo on Friday

    Get your green thumbs ready, Twin Cities: Chipotle will be giving away 1,500 Roma tomato plants from Apple Valley's Pahl Farms at St. Paul's popular Como Zoo and Conservatory this Friday, June 13. The giveaway is a celebration of Chipotle's fourth annual Chipotle Edible Garden at the Como Zoo and C ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014
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    November 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Minnesota Zoo selling unintentionally (?) morbid shirts in tribute of relocated dolphins

    No, Allie and Semo haven't died. But if you didn't know that and came across one of the shirts for sale at the Minnesota Zoo paying tribute to the relocated dolphins, you'd probably think they'd passed on to marine mammal heaven.SEE ALSO: Minnesota otter attacks: Why do they suddenly hate us?The "Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Zoo Animal on Joan of Arc: It's so intense

    When Duluth-based Zeitgeist Arts asked local indie-rock trio Zoo Animal to create a live soundtrack for a public screening of Danish director Carl Dreyer's classic silent film The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, lead singer Holly Newsom was a little unsettled. "This movie was the most intimidating thing I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Last of the Minnesota Zoo dolphins moved to new homes

    The Minnesota Zoo's two bottlenose dolphins, Semo and Allie, have been moved to new homes to allow for major repairs to the zoo's saltwater-damaged Discovery Bay building. Semo, who at 48 is the oldest male bottlenose dolphin in human care, now resides at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California. A ... More >>

  • News

    June 27, 2012

    Michael Brodkorb broadsides lawyer

    Secret meeting with senators wasn't sanctioned

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Duluth flood: PETA wants Lake Superior Zoo prosecuted for animal drownings

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals alleges that Lake Superior Zoo staff acted negligently when 13 or 14 animals died during Wednesday's flash flood.The animal rights group says the animals shouldn't have been left in a position to drown. Kristin Simon, senior cruelty caseworker for PETA, po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Feisty -- the wild-eyed, freedom-loving Duluth seal -- is headed to the Como Zoo

    Duluth's flash-flooding allowed Feisty the seal to have a night on the town. Now, she gets to take a road trip to St. Paul.Feisty and Berlin the polar bear are headed to the Como Zoo and will remain there until the flood-ravaged Lake Superior Zoo can repair damage caused by the Duluth Deluge.Como Zo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Duluth flooding sets zoo seal free downtown [PHOTOS]

    The Lake Superior Zoo is one of the hardest-hit victims of the torrential rainfall and subsequent flooding that has the Duluth area on lockdown today.According to the Duluth News Tribune, the zoo's Polar Shores exhibit, which housed seals and a polar bear, has been completely flooded out. The zoo's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Rare baby leopards born at the Minnesota Zoo make web cam debut

    The Minnesota Zoo is now home to some unlikely web cam stars. Two very rare Amur leopard cubs were born at the zoo Tuesday, and the birth is extremely important for the species' conservation. The cubs, yet to be named, are being kept out of the zoo's exhibit until they have had more time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineup

    Related:Death Cab For Cutie, Avett Brothers highlight Des Moines' 80/35 Fest line-upKid Dakota, Mayda, Bloodnstuff lead Lyn-Lake Street Fest lineupFeist, DeVotchKa, and Rufus Wainwright top Music in the Zoo's summer concert scheduleThe Live Nation-sponsored River's Edge Festival at Harriet Island ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Feist, DeVotchKa, and Rufus Wainwright top Music in the Zoo's summer concert schedule

    ​The intimate amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo is far and away one of the most idyllic outdoor music venues in the Twin Cities area. And each summer, the Music In The Zoo series gives music lovers of all types up-close, engaging performances from both established acts and alternative bands on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Win Brew at the Zoo tickets for Friday night!

    Cool penguins, cold brews at the zoo​Cancel your plans for Friday night--chances are this will be way more fun. City Pages has four tickets to the Brew at the Zoo event that evening (a $180 value)--and you can win them for free! Brew at the Zoo is a beer-tasting event at the Minnesota Zoo tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Fish Smart: Minnesota Zoo launches sustainability effort

    ​Farm to table is a badge of restaurant pride many list boldly on their menus. It says they are nurturing relationships with area farms to bring local produce and animals to the table using methods kind to the soils and animals. As a landlocked state, we don't always hear much about seafood sustai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Voodoo lily brings rotting corpse smell to Minnesota Zoo

    The new voodoo lily at MN Zoo​Just in time for spring, the Minnesota Zoo has acquired a flower that blooms and smells like something died. Amorphophallus konjac--also known as Voodoo lily or Devil's tongue--landed at the zoo on Tuesday and is expected to bloom within the next few days. You don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    The Monkees announce two nights at the Zoo

    ​How appropriate: The Monkees will be appearing at the Zoo this summer. And no, we're not talking the woolly kind. The made-for-TV '60s pop group will be performing in the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Amphitheater on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, as part of the Music in the Zoo series that alrea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    April the Minnesota Zoo dolphin is dead

    Minnesota ZooApril was the zoo's grandma dolphin.​We're so use to seeing good news out of the Minnesota Zoo's dolphin program that the latest headline made us do a double-take: April, the 44-year-old granny of the aquarium, has died. Her passing wasn't a complete surprise, zoo officials said. She ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Como Zoo Facebook fans name giraffe Jahari Jr.

    Photo courtesy Como ZooMeet J.J.​They could have gone for Cordell, Serengeti, Lance or Skinny. But no. Fans of the Como Zoo on Facebook stuck with family tradition when it came to naming the zoo's new baby giraffe.

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Allie the Minnesota Zoo dolphin has a baby

    Courtesy Minnesota ZooAllie and baby are reported to be doing just fine​Last time we checked in with the ongoing soap opera among the dolphins at the Minnesota Zoo, Spree, the socially awkward one, was being shipped off to Chicago. Better news today. Allie, 23, just had a baby. She gave birth ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2010

    Zoo Animal's new self-titled album

    It's a seriously auspicious sophomore effort

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Zoo Animal perform exclusively for MPLS.TV

    ​Our pals over at MPLS.TV have dropped another great music video today, this time featuring local three-piece Zoo Animal in a fittingly sparse, minimalistic setting. Zoo Animal will release their sophomore album, Zoo Animal, next Friday, May 28 at the 7th St. Entry with Red Pens, His And Her Vani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Spree the socially awkward dolphin ships out

    Photo courtesy of the Minnesota ZooSpree's off to Chicago​No mom around for guidance. Tough guys leading her astray. Not playing nice with the other girls. Yes, it was time for Spree, the Minnesota Zoo's socially awkward bottlenose dolphin, to get a change of scene. She's off to the Brookfie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Zoo Animal to release new album June 1

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​Minimalist rock trio Zoo Animal, who placed second in last year's Picked to Click poll, have announced the long-anticipated follow-up to their 2008 debut. Zoo Animal will be released on June 1 through local DIY label Rest Noise, and the band will play a release show May 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Minn. Zoo dolphin clued in on social skills

    Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo​Poor Spree the dolphin. Born at the Minnesota Zoo in Aug. 2002, she lost her mother in 2006. Without a mom to teach her how to interact with other dolphins, she became the zoo outcast, lonely and clueless. Her only role models were two male dolphins. They faile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Zoo Animal release haunting new music video

    The video was shot by Northern Outpost, directed by Jeremy Catterton, and features a remix by Mark McGee.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Gimme Shelter countown: 3 days

    Here's a video of Zoo Animal to get you ready for Saturday.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Chicago dolphins crash at Minn. Zoo during aquarium renovation

    The Minnesota Zoo's dolphin exhibit just got a little more snug now that they have three of Chicago's bottlenose dolphins crashing there until their new aquarium is completed.

  • Music

    August 26, 2009

    Zoo Animal break all Christian-rock clichés on their way up

    Band members say they're not preaching, just offering alternate perspective

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Who freed Wis. zoo's buffalo, monkey, porcupines?

    Irvine Park Zoo officials in Wisconsin are still on the lookout for three animals still missing after more than a dozen of the zoo's creatures were freed from their pens late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Gov't Mule tonight at the Minnesota Zoo

    Concert attendees are in for some extended jams this evening.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Minnesota Zoo sets record attendance numbers

    A record number of people visited the zoo in the past year. What's attracting them?

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Minn. Zoo animals start smoke-free life Saturday

    The Minnesota Zoo will officially go smoke-free starting Saturday. The Apple Valley zoo already bans smoking indoors, but now all outdoor spaces will be off limits too.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The Minnesota Zoo pisses off Chrissie Hynde

    The Pretenders show at the MN Zoo is being relocated following an angry letter by the frontwoman.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Minn. Zoo hopes resident tigers play the mating game

    The Minnesota Zoo is on a mission to get some more tiger cubs, but it isn't that easy. The long and sometimes useless mating game is in full swing with two tigers they hope will make love in the coming months.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Scary zoo babies: armadillos

    We usually love baby animals, but this alien-like armadillo babe has us a little squeamish. Either way, the new addition to the Minnesota Zoo is a rare event in the world of captive creatures

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Zoo animals to Minn. lawmakers: Keep funding us so we don't die

    While the event is an annual "Thank You" celebration for the Zoo for their continued support from the state, this year it feels more like a survival plea.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    MN Zoo's Bottlenose Dolphin Has Bottlenose Bun In Oven

    Copy of Allie dolphin.jpgAllie, a 21-year-old bottlenose dolphin at the Minnesota Zoo is preggers. The mother and father, Semo, are expecting the bundle of aquatic joy in spring of 2009.

  • Calendar

    August 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008
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    June 6, 2008

    ZOMG BEARS! And Other Animals

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    Saturday is opening day for the Minnesota Zoo's new habitat, Russia's Grizzly Coast. The 3.5-acre exhibit features bears, tigers, sea otters, boars, and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008
  • Books

    August 1, 2001

    Brave Moo World

    The Minnesota Zoo showcases a designer dairy

  • Feature

    July 1, 1998
  • News

    May 20, 1998

    Tigers' Keepers

    A real-life fairy tale in which the wild beasts are hunted, the jungle is a plantation, and the knight in shining armor hails from Apple Valley.

  • News

    August 28, 1996
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