Children from Phyllis Wheatley House visiting Como Zoo, 1934.

Children from Phyllis Wheatley House visiting Como Zoo, 1934.

Buffalo (American bison) at Como Zoo

Buffalo (American bison) at Como Zoo

Buffalo (American bison) at Como Zoo with zookeeper John Petro, St. Paul, 1928. Photo by St. Paul Daily News.

Polar bears Buzz and Neil

Polar bears Buzz and Neil in their habitat at Como Zoo, ca. 2010. Used with the permission of Como Zoo.

Como Zoo

Minnesota's first zoo opened in St. Paul in 1897 with three donated deer in a fenced-in pasture. More than 100 years later Como Zoo continues its mission of animal conservation, education, and family entertainment.

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.

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