Como Park Zoo
Zoogoers are looking to the “Skye” Monday at St. Paul’s Como Park! The zoo introduced the 20-day-old giraffe named Skye to the public, who is the 18th of her kind to be born there in 20 years. Skye weighs 145 pounds and is already 6 feet tall, but she is likely to double in size in her first two years, according to zoo officials. Giraffes can grow as tall as 18 feet.
St. Paul, Minn. will soon say “hello” to twin polar bears who are nearly 2-years-old! The Toledo Zoo announced Thursday that brother and sister Sakari and Suka, will leave sometime in the fall and move to the Como Park Zoo.
The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is helping pranksters again this April Fools’ Day. The zoo has set up four fake hotlines to help fool your co-workers, family and friends. Each hotline has a special pre-recorded message. You can trick people into calling Mr. Lion at 651-487-8266, Ms. Ella Fint at 651-487-8267, Ms. Wolf at 651-487-8268 or Ms. Anna Conda at 651-487-8289.
A prognosticating orangutan at a Minnesota zoo has picked the Denver Broncos to win Sunday’s Super Bowl. Amanda the Orangutan ran into her exhibit at St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo on Saturday and went straight for a pair of boxes, each containing a shirt of the two teams battling for NFL supremacy, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Zoo spokesman Matt Reinartz says Amanda paused a bit at first to soak up the attention. “She is a media darling. She came up to her glass, and kind of waved and played a little with the media,” Reinartz said.
As we get ready for the weekend, we want to help you get ready as well. After you’ve had your fill of turkey and stuffing, get up and get moving with one of these weekend events.
Anyone interested in seeing how reindeer behave this time of year can get a peek, anytime of the day. Animal Planet has set up a “Reindeer Cam” at Como Park Zoo. The camera is up and running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
John Hines had a chance to speak with Katie-Lyn Bunney of the Como Zoo about the New Gorilla Exhibit. Bit she also brought some interesting critters to share with us.
It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to start planning some weekend fun. This weekend, celebrate Memorial Day at Fort Snelling, Como Zoo, and — despite chilly weather — even the aquatic centers of St. Paul.
Just in time for the warm temperatures, the amusement park at Como Park opens Saturday.
Como Zoo’s 23-year-old female polar bear, Berlin, has made a strong recovery after undergoing major surgery at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center.