Minnesota Zoo Set to Open New Exhibit

The Minnesota Trail exhibit, which opens July 7, will feature big cats and other animals from Minnesota's natural habitats.

Posted: July 5, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

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The Minnesota Trail exhibit will feature puma, lynx, beavers, otters, raccoons, coyotes and gray wolves in the state’s natural habitats.

After a year-long renovation, the Minnesota Trail exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo will reopen on July 7. The exhibit will feature species found in the state’s natural habitats, such as puma, lynx, beavers and otters. New species to join the exhibit include raccoons, coyotes and gray wolves.

“As the state zoo of Minnesota, we are proud to present our new and improved ‘Minnesota Trail’ exhibit,” said Lee Ehmke, Minnesota Zoo director and CEO. “While the zoo displays amazing animals from across the globe, we are lucky to serve and to represent a state with its own incredible wildlife heritage. We’ve used a lot of the zoo’s own in-house (and ‘in-Minnesota’) creative talent to provide our guests with a brand new environment that is inviting, comfortable, exciting, educational and fun!”

While walking along the new Trail, guests will view more than 15 wildlife exhibits representing a range of Minnesota landscapes, including a beaver pond, northern forest glade and bird-watching perch. Smaller Minnesota species, including turtles, frogs and salamanders, are featured in the exhibit’s trailhead, set up to resemble a lodge.

The Minnesota Zoo worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to renovate the Trail, including interpretive displays, information about state parks and wildlife, and children’s activities. For more information about the Minnesota Zoo and the new Minnesota Trail exhibit, visit the zoo’s website.

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Amy    Oskaloosa, IA

7/20/2007 2:54:29 PM

I hope some of this zoo is free-range for animals.

Robin    Lees Summit, MO

7/5/2007 8:48:42 PM

I don't like zoos or exhibits! Leave the big cats be. Give them space to grow and live there lives. We should allow them to live out their lives in their natural habitat.

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

7/5/2007 5:20:06 PM

Wow - if I was going to be anywhere around there, I'd love to visit!

debby    oxford, NC

7/5/2007 3:30:40 PM

kind of makes you want to move to Minnesota so you can check it out!

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