One of the ways we’re making our Zoo great is through the Heart of the Zoo campaign – an ambitious, multi-year public-private partnership that combines support from state resources with that of the private sector to create new exhibits and amenities, innovative educational programs and facilities, and new conservation initiatives.
If you’ve been to the Woodland Adventure, explored the Zoo’s new Russia’s Grizzly Coast exhibit or walked along the refurbished Medtronic Minnesota Trail, you’ve already seen a few examples of what the Heart of the Zoo campaign has accomplished.
With the additional investments and upgrades that the Heart of the Zoo campaign will deliver, the Minnesota Zoo truly will become a world-class education, conservation and recreation institution that benefits all Minnesotans.
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Heart of the Zoo: Enhanced and Expanded Experiences for Everyone
PHASE ONE PROJECT DETAILS
Target® Learning Center
This new multi-use facility occupies the footprint of the Zoo’s long-vacant whale pool. Its primary function is an education facility for a variety of programs, including the Zoo’s enormously popular indoor KAYTEE World of Birds free-flight show. The Target® Learning Center boasts improved guest comfort, sight lines and audio-visual capabilities, along with expanded seating capacity and back of house facilities.
3M Penguins of the African Coast exhibit (featuring black-footed penguins) For the first time, guests will be able to experience these amazing aquatic birds eye-to-eye, above and below water, in a replica of their spectacular, wild habitat on South Africa’s famed Boulder’s Beach. Microphones allow guests to hear the penguins’ loud braying calls, the origin of their nickname, “jackass” penguins.
South Entry Upgrade
The main entry to the Zoo will receive an upgrade, which include native plantings, a heated sidewalk, updated directional signage and sculptural elements, linking the Zoo’s conservation message, and showcasing a fun, unique experience up front for our guests.
Phase II: 2012-2014
Features of this phase include:
Phase III: 2014-2015