How The Environment Has Shaped the State

From Sustenance to Leisure on Minnesota Land

Expert Essay: Associate professor of history Michael J. Lansing, published in Environmental History as well as Ethics, Place, and Environment, highlights the many ways people have made use of Minnesota's flora and fauna over time and reviews the state's more recent efforts at conservation.

Lake Superior Zoo (Duluth Zoo)

Since its opening in 1923, the Lake Superior Zoo has evolved into a modern attraction accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) with hundreds of animals from around the world. Zoo staff work to provide close-up animal experiences that inspire connections to wildlife and action towards conservation in northern Minnesota and around the world.

Photograph of flood damage to the Lake Superior Zoo

Flood damage to Lake Superior Zoo

Flood damage to Lake Superior Zoo, 2012.

Photograph of Berlin the polar bear playing with a ball on her eighteenth birthday, 2007. Photo by Lake Superior Zoo.

Berlin the polar bear, Lake Superior Zoo

Berlin the polar bear plays with a ball on her eighteenth birthday, 2007

Photograph of Bessie the elephant at the Lake Superior Zoo, 1974.

Bessie the elephant, Lake Superior Zoo

Bessie the elephant, Lake Superior Zoo, 1974.

Photograph of a rhinoceros at the Lake Superior Zoo

Rhinoceros at the Lake Superior Zoo

A rhinoceros at the Lake Superior Zoo, 1964.

Photograph of Lloyd Hackl with Mr. Magoo the mongoose, 1963.

Mr. Magoo the mongoose

Lloyd Hackl with Mr. Magoo the mongoose, 1963.

Photograph of the bear den at the Duluth Zoo, ca. 1940.

Bear den, Duluth Zoo

The bear den at the Duluth Zoo, ca. 1940.

Bird’s eye view of the Duluth Zoo, ca. 1940.

Bird’s eye view of the Duluth Zoo

Bird’s eye view of the Duluth Zoo, ca. 1940.

Photograph of the Elephant House at the Duluth Zoo, ca. 1940.

Elephant House, Duluth Zoo

Elephant House at the Duluth Zoo, ca. 1940.

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