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2014-01-16 23:00:57

Cub’s arrival marks 25 years of Amur Leopards, World’s Most Endangered Cat at Denver Zoo. Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 16, 2014 Denver Zoo is thrilled to celebrate the birth of a critically endangered Amur (ah-Moor) leopard cub named Sochi, born December 3, 2013. The young male, named for the Russian city hosting this year’s winter Olympics, is the tenth birth of his species at Denver Zoo since Amur leopards arrived in 1989, about 25 years ago. After spending time bonding with his...

2011-11-17 16:45:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Minnesota Zoo is being honored with the Minnesota Waste Wise Leader award. Recipients of the Leader Award serve as environmental role models for their own communities, the Minnesota business community, and the Minnesota Waste Wise program. Waste Wise Program Director Kate Worley says, "The Minnesota Zoo is a recognized leader in environmental sustainability. The organization is an example for both businesses and the surrounding...

2011-07-07 11:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill is pleased to announce the grand opening of Cargill Environmental Education Center at the Minnesota Zoo. In support of the Heart of the Zoo campaign, Cargill provided a $1 million donation to the Zoo to fund the construction of the new, environmentally-friendly education center. The Cargill Environmental Education Center is scheduled to open for the public on Saturday, July 9 and will be home to the Zoo's expanded early childhood learning...

2011-04-20 00:00:30

International tiger expert and the Minnesota Zoo's Conservation Director "“ Dr. Ron Tilson "“ will retire on Earth Day (April 22) after a lengthy and notable career. Apple Valley, MN (PRWEB) April 18, 2011 International tiger expert and the Minnesota Zoo's Conservation Director "“ Dr. Ron Tilson "“ will retire on Earth Day (April 22) after a lengthy and notable career. Tilson has been at the Minnesota Zoo since 1984, where he has held various positions in research,...

2008-08-07 03:00:00

By Maricella Miranda, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 7--An African savanna that drew thousands to the Minnesota Zoo in 2006 is returning. Giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and ostriches will graze the grasslands of Apple Valley for a second time next summer at the temporary "Summer on the Savanna" exhibit, zoo director Lee Ehmke said. And, for the first time, antelope will join the herd. Zoo leaders hope the three-month exhibit will attract even more attention this time, with the...

2008-08-04 06:00:00

By David Peterson, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Aug. 4--"Get closer than nature intended." That's the Minnesota Zoo's playful come-on this summer, drawing swarms of people to a new exhibit designed to bring your nose to within inches of a massive grizzly with horror-movie claws. The $30 million Russia's Grizzly Coast addition has fast-forwarded the Apple Valley zoo into a 21st-century world of barrier-free immersive exhibits, aimed at creating the feeling of entering the animals' own...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- Three rare fisher kits born at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, about 20 miles south of Minneapolis, are now on display. The animals, which resemble weasels, were nearly extinct because of trapping and logging practices but are now doing well in mixed wooded and heavily forested areas. The kits two males and one female were born March 23. Fishers are known for tree-climbing, hunting and agility. The Minnesota Zoo is one of just four nationally accredited...

2008-08-01 12:00:47

By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Aug. 1--The Minnesota Zoo is celebrating a significant conservation accomplishment with the birth of its first Asian wild horse since 1988. Once extinct in the wild, these horses -- also known as a Przewalski's or Mongolian wild horse -- are making a comeback with help from the zoo. Born July 5, the horse is a descendant of an imported stallion from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and a female from Germany. The zoo says he is "very...

2008-07-10 12:00:00

By Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 10--The Minnesota Zoo had its highest attendance in nine years, drawing more than 1.162 million visitors for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Memberships hit a new record, with 36,538 households representing more than 150,000 people. Zoo officials attribute the jump in attendance and membership to last year's renovations to the Medtronic Minnesota Trail and its new $23.5 million "Russia's Grizzly Coast" exhibit, which opened June 7....