Declining attendance and increased costs have the Minnesota Zoo facing a budget crisis. Zoo officials in Apple Valley have asked the state for $1.5 million in emergency funds to help maintain operations.
The new Hawaiian monk seals at the Minnesota Zoo will have to wait. Officials at the zoo in Apple Valley wanted to renovate a million-gallon tank in Discovery Bay to house the seals. The zoo needs another $1 million to finish that work before the seals can move in.
When an 18-month-old dolphin named Taijah died at the Minnesota Zoo Monday night, it was a rough moment for the staff that was there from the time she was born.