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Minnesota Zoo's expansion plans call for new Adventure Park, animal exhibits

The Minnesota Zoo's new master plan, which was approved by its board on Nov. 1, features some ambitious ideas for the Apple Valley facility. CEO Lee Ehmke told the Pioneer Press, "We inspire to become a world-leading zoo with the ultimate intention on saving wildlife and wild places. This is the next step in that evolution."
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The Minnesota Zoo's new master plan, which was approved by its board on Nov. 1, includes some ambitious ideas for the Apple Valley facility. CEO Lee Ehmke told the Pioneer Press, "We inspire to become a world-leading zoo with the ultimate intention on saving wildlife and wild places. This is the next step in that evolution."

The plan calls for a new Adventure Park for children that features zip lines and a ropes course, new African and Asian exhibits, and several proposals for a Discovery Bay after its $4 million facelift.

The Minnesota Zoo’s last bottlenose dolphins, “Semo” and “Allie,” were relocated to California and Illinois last month.

Some of the newest attractions at the Minnesota Zoo include Russia's Grizzly Coast and the two endangered Amur tiger cubs.

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