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A decade of development has brought some of the world's wildest places to the Minnesota Zoo. Guests can stroll through Russia's Grizzly Coast or marvel at the African penguins.

Those improvements were guided by a vision that CEO Lee Ehmke says transformed the Apple Valley facility.

Now, a new master plan approved by the zoo's board Nov. 1 sends a clear message that the transformation will continue.
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source: Pioneer Press
The naming contest for the Minnesota Zoo’s two female Amur tiger cubs, presented by KS95, has ended and the winning names have been selected. The cub born at the Minnesota Zoo has been named Sundari (sun-dar-ee) and the cub born at the Saint Louis Zoo has been named Nadya (nad-ee-a).

The Minnesota Zoo asked for help from the public to find names for its cubs; names were submitted on its Facebook page. Zookeepers, who work closely with the cubs, then reviewed the almost 1,400 name entries and selected their top three favorites for each cub. The Zoo’s Facebook fans made the final decisions by voting online.

A special naming dedication event will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 10:00 am to celebrate the selected names at the Tiger Lair exhibit along the Northern Trail. Local on-air talent, Shannon from the KS95 Morning Show will be on-site, as well as a street team from the upcoming movie, “Life of PI,” who will be providing fun activities for Zoo guests that morning.

The two female Amur tiger cubs were hand-reared by Zoo staff because their mothers could not successfully nurse them. The cubs recently made their public debut; Zoo guests can visit them daily from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (weather permitting) as they get used to their new home.
No more need for that live webcam: Two Amur tiger cubs are now on exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo.
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source: Pioneer Press
October 4, 2012 – The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce that its two bottlenose dolphins, “Semo” and “Allie,” have relocated to great new homes! Currently the oldest male bottlenose dolphin in human care, “Semo,” 48, now resides at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California; “Allie,” 25, is now at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.
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Tiger Cub Naming Contest

The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce a NEW naming contest, presented by KS95, for its two female Amur tiger cubs born this past summer. This contest will be conducted on Facebook [fan pages] and starts today, October 3, 2012!

The Zoo is asking for help from the public to help find names for these two cubs. To submit your name suggestions, please visit the Minnesota Zoo’s Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/mnzoo. Name suggestions will be accepted through Sunday, October 14, 2012. Zoo staff will then review all submissions and select the top three names for each cub to be posted on the Minnesota Zoo’s Facebook fan page to be voted on by the public, starting Thursday, October 18. The winning names will be announced on Monday, October 29.

Everyone who participates in the naming contest will be eligible for daily prize drawings, including a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Minnesota Zoo and other great prizes.

The two female Amur tiger cubs are being hand-reared by zoo staff because their mothers could not successfully nurse them. The cubs were recently moved from their nursery area in preparation for their public debut on exhibit in the coming weeks.

Amur tigers, managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP), have been part of the Minnesota Zoo’s Northern Trail exhibit since the Zoo opened in 1978. Zoo staff members have coordinated the Tiger SSP for more than two decades, and continue to lead efforts conserving tigers in the wild. Amur tigers are native to the temperate forests of Russia.
The Minnesota Zoo’s snow monkey “Nikko” is celebrating another year—and reaching an age milestone for his species.
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source: Apple Valley Patch video at source

Where the bison roam

Two cows and two heifer calves from Blue Mounds State Park’s bison herd left Rock County Wednesday morning for their new home at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. They will be part of an existing bison and pronghorn antelope exhibit at the zoo following a 60-day mandatory quarantine.
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source: Worthington Daily Globe
Two Amur leopard cubs born at the Minnesota Zoo in May may one day frolic in the snows of Far East Russia to help one of the world's rarest species of big cats rebound.
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source: Pioneer Press
The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley is concluding a six-year fundraising campaign and revising its goals for future improvements.
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source: Pioneer Press

MN Zoo opens new black bear exhibit

by Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio
September 15, 2012

The Minnesota Zoo completed a five-year, $76 million series of improvement projects on Saturday by opening a new home for black bears to the public.
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