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For the Minnesota Zoo's latest residents, their new home is just right.

Three bears, males Sike and Kuruk, and female Tiva, bounded into the new 7,500-square-foot, black bear enclosure on the Minnesota Trail on Thursday, Sept. 13, giving a handful of visitors a surprise sneak peak at the facility's newest attraction.
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Minn. Zoo bearing up well, indeed

The Dillahunt family loves bears. They spend hours driving to famous bear-watching sites in the North Woods. Bryce, age 2, wears a hat with bear ears.

But they've never had the feeling they got this week at a members-only preview of a newly installed exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo.
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source: Star Tribune
The Minnesota Zoo is known for its innovative exhibits, which include some of the best displays of temperate and subarctic fauna anywhere in the world. Recently, the Zoo has borrowed some husbandry techniques from the livestock industry to help care for moose, a species so hard to manage in captivity that very few zoological institutions have even attempted to care for them.
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source: National Geographic
The dolphins at the Minnesota Zoo might not be aware of their impending move but all the strange new people in their exhibit and the extra Jell-O treats might give them a clue something is happening.
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source: twincities.com
The Minnesota Zoo is celebrating Minnesota musicians with the debut of its Live On Stage acoustic concert series in the Zoo’s new indoor theatre, the Target® Learning Center, a multi-purpose performance venue and winter home to the Zoo’s popular World of Birds show.

This inaugural and intimate music event begins September 27 with five concerts throughout the fall. This is an 18+ concert series, and the price of individual tickets for each concert is $25. Purchase tickets online at mnzoo.org.

Concert Line-Up:
September 27 Chris Koza
October 4 Lucy Michelle
October 18 The Atlantis Quartet
October 25 Alison Scott
November 7 Jeremy Messersmith

Evening Schedule:
6 – 7 p.m. The Zoo opens for a stroll through its Tropics Trail
7 p.m. Doors open for general admission seating in the Target® Learning Center
7:15 p.m. Bird encounter on stage
7:30 p.m. Concert starts

The Live On Stage acoustic concert series is made possible through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Bon Voyage Allie and Semo!

The Minnesota Zoo is inviting the public to come and wish happy travels to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins “Allie” and “Semo.” The dolphins will be on exhibit to the public through September 9.

The dolphins are moving to other accredited facilities this fall to allow for major, necessary repairs to the Zoo’s 15-year-old Discovery Bay building after years of salt water damage.

August 16 – 31: The Zoo’s current dolphin training sessions will continue.

September 1 – 9: The Zoo will host a “Dolphin Open House” where guests will be able to enjoy viewing Allie and Semo in an informal setting while the Dolphin Stadium is open (check mnzoo.org for times). During the open house, guests can get their picture taken with a picture of Allie or Semo superimposed on a green screen (separate fee), sign a giant card to wish the dolphins safe travels, submit pictures of the dolphins online at our virtual bulletin board, and bring in their plastic bags for recycling. Visit mnzoo.org for more details.

Dolphin Q&A:
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Minnesota Zoo's 'bird guy' is retiring

During his 34 years as the bird expert at the Minnesota Zoo, Jimmy Pichner tried not to get attached to his feathery cohorts.

But then, there was Max.
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source Pioneer Press
A Canada lynx kitten is making his debut this week at the Minnesota Zoo.
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source: Star Tribune
Registration is open for the Minnesota Zoo's annual Tiger Tracks 5K and kids half-mile and mile runs, scheduled for the morning of Saturday, Aug. 25.

The 5K begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 25, while the kids races take off at 8:45 a.m. Proceeds from registration fees go to the conservation programs the zoo supports.

Registration can be completed in advance—online or by mail—or on site the day of the race.

Registration fees, which include zoo admissions, T-shirt and refreshments, are:

5K pre-registration (until Aug. 23): $25
5K race day registration: $35
Kids' Run pre-registration (until Aug. 23): $15
Kids Run race day registration: $25

Online registration is available here.

Entrants also can register by mail; the form to fill out is here, and checks can be made to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. Mail to:

Minnesota Zoo Foundation
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Visit the Minnesota Zoo's website for more information about registration packet pickup and the race itself.

source: Apple Valley Patch

Minnesota Zoo makes room for Amur tiger cub

An endangered Amur tiger cub has been moved to the Minnesota Zoo, joining another her age.
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source: Pioneer Press