Minnesota Zoo


Mary Youngblut

The Minnesota Zoo has tons of outdoor area for animals to reside in, but because of a lack of indoor space animals such as tigers are only on display during the summer months

The Minnesota Zoo allows a more modern feel than the Como Zoo. The exhibits make guests feel like they’re walking through a forest or swimming in the ocean. The Minnesota Zoo encompasses the greater world in just 485 acres.

With a cost of seven dollars for parking and eighteen dollars for adults to enter, the Minnesota Zoo is not cheap. However, it is a lot larger than the Como Zoo and offers both exotic animals from far away and local farm animals where we get our food

The Minnesota Zoo has three different trails, a farm, and an ocean experience. The tropics trail is full of tropical birds and reptiles like the Komodo Dragon. It also has an adorable red panda and lots of monkeys and gibbons. Combined with the wonderful aesthetic and plant life, guests are immediately transported to the middle of the rainforest. The Northern trail has the fierce amur tiger. It is filled with animals like the takin, bison, and caribou. The Northern trail is also home to pronghorns, the Asian wild horse and Asian wild dogs. The Minnesota trail has animals such as wolves, bears, owls and bald eagles. These are animals that are more known to the guests because they’re native to Minnesota, but still provide excitement when you see them up close. 

Then there’s Discovery Bay. Discovery Bay has lots of sea life and little coves. They have a pool full of harmless sharks and stingrays that guests can touch, which makes people feel like they are in the ocean. There are little alcoves where kids can look at incredible sea horses and beautiful fish. This combined with the amazing architecture give an ocean feel to Minnesota. Add to that the beautiful blue tank with some Hawaiian monk seals and it’s sure to be a great time.

Another great aspect of the Minnesota Zoo is Wells Fargo Family Farm. The farm teaches kids and families about how food gets to their table. It sparks an interest in the importance of fresh food. The farm has cows, sheep, rabbits, pigs, horses, goats and chickens. These animals-while they may not be as interesting as the tigers-can educate large audiences and be an enjoyable experience.

One down side of the Minnesota Zoo is the lack of tropical mammals such as lions, zebras and giraffes. While the Como Zoo has permanent housing for such animals, the Minnesota Zoo does not. This presents a downside if you visit in the winter, because the Minnesota Zoo does in fact have special, summer exhibits.