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Where the bison roam

September 26, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Genetic discovery leads to Blue Mounds bison project with Minnesota Zoo
LUVERNE Two cows and two heifer calves from Blue Mounds State Park’s bison herd left Rock County Wednesday morning for their new home at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. They will be part of an existing bison and pronghorn antelope exhibit at the zoo following a 60-day mandatory quarantine. Continue Reading

Minnesota Zoo’s ‘bird guy’ leaving the nest

August 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Jimmy Pichner, 61, began working with the massive bird when the zoo opened in 1978. One day about six years ago, Max stopped flying. Pichner who rarely touches the birds picked up Max and carried him out of the exhibit. He died shortly after. Continue Reading

2 endangered Amur leopards born at Minnesota Zoo

June 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Zoo has two new Amur (ah-MOOR’) leopard cubs, one of the most endangered cats in the world. The cubs were born at the Apple Valley zoo Tuesday. They join an estimated 90 Amur leopards living in captivity in the U.S. Continue Reading

11 penguins removed from flooded Minot zoo moved to Minnesota Zoo

October 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The penguins traveled from the Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot to the Como Zoo in St. Paul after their home base was covered by floodwaters this summer. Now the penguins will make their new home inside the Minnesota Zoo’s new “3M Penguins of the African Coast” exhibit in Apple Valley. Continue Reading

Minnesota Zoo to remain open during state government shutdown

July 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The snow monkeys, amur tigers and brown bears are back in business at the Minnesota Zoo – and the black-footed penguins will make their debut as planned this week. Continue Reading

Wolf shot at Minnesota Zoo may have been pursuing N.D. refugee wolves

June 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The male Mexican wolf shot and killed Wednesday at the Minnesota Zoo may have escaped a separate holding area to go after two wolves new to the exhibit, officials said. Continue Reading

Mexican wolf killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo

June 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Zoo spokeswoman Kelly Lessard says the wolf got out on to the zoo’s Northern Trail and ventured over to a bison area. She says the area was evacuated, the wolf was located and then shot and killed because it was considered a direct threat to people. Continue Reading