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Minnesota Zoo puts on last dolphin show

The dolphin show at the Minnesota Zoo is no more. Friday marked the final day for dolphin shows at the zoo after 35 years of performances. Organizers say that the two remaining dolphins -- Allie and Selmo -- will be moving to a new, undetermined location. While the shows are done, the zoo is starting a "Farewell Week" Saturday, where people can stop by to view the dolphins and see them interact with trainers.
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Friday marked the final day for dolphin shows at the Minnesota Zoo after 35 years of performances, reports KARE-TV.

Organizers say that the two remaining dolphins -- Allie and Selmo -- will be moving to a new, undetermined location. While the shows are done, the zoo is starting a "Farewell Week" Saturday, where people can stop by to view the dolphins and see them interact with trainers.

Zoo officials said in May that the dolphin exhibit was ending "due to the low availability of dolphins and the urgency of other zoo development priorities."

The zoo is planning to replace the dolphins with fish and stingrays in the Discovery Bay exhibit.

See a 2008 training session of Allie and another dolphin, April, in the video clip below:

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