minnesota zoo Another Good Year at the Zoo

Grizzly bears, young farm animals and African monkeys helped the Minnesota Zoo top 1.3 million in attendance for the second year in a row.

The Apple Valley zoo reports attendance for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was the second-highest yearly attendance in the zoo’s 32-year history. The total also exceeded the zoo’s attendance goal by more than 11 percent. The zoo cites record attendance for its popular Farm Babies event in April, continued interest in its “Russia’s Grizzly Coast” exhibit that opened in 2008, and a new exhibit that opened on Memorial Day weekend called “Faces of the African Forest.” That exhibit includes monkeys from the African rain forest.


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