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Minnesota Zoo

Transformation

Five years ago, the transformation began.  The Minnesota Zoo launched Heart of the Zoo, a comprehensive campaign that combines support from the State of Minnesota and the private sector to create a world-leading Zoo.  To date, this extraordinary partnership has exemplified the very best of what can be accomplished when our State and our communities work together.  Since the campaign launched, we have secured and invested more than $72 million, creating an institution that can be a point of pride for all Minnesotans.

Summer 2011: Opened 3M Penguins of the African Coast, Cargill Environmental Education Center, Target® Learning Center (indoor theatre) and new South Entry.
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3M Penguins of the African Coast
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Cargill Environmental Education Center
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Target® Learning Center
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Summer 2010: Faces of the African Forest on the Tropic Trail.
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Black and White Colobus Monkey
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Dwarf Crocodile
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De Brazza's Monkey
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Summer 2009: Opened Woodland Adventure
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Woodland Adventure
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Woodland Adventure

Summer 2008: Opened award-winning Russia’s Grizzly Coast
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Summer 2007: Opened renovated Medtronic Minnesota Trail
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New projects include:

Dholes (Asian Wild Dog) exhibit: Now open on the Northern Trail
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Dhole
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Dhole pups
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Dhole Exhibit

Tropical Reef renovation:  Spring 2012
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Tropical Reef
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Tropical Reef
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Tropical Reef

Black bear exhibit 2012: on the Medtronic Minnesota Trail
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Black bear exhibit
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Black bear exhibit
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Black bear exhibit

The transformed Minnesota Zoo provides opportunities for guests to experience emotional connections with wildlife, learn about science and conservation, and gain a greater appreciation for the wild places that sustain animals – and people - around the world.