Lake Superior Zoo

Phase One of Lake Superior Zoo’s New Bear Country Exhibit Almost Complete

CEO Erik Simonson Says Phase One of Bear Country Should be Complete in Roughly Eight Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – The new Bear Country Exhibit at the Lake Superior Zoo has been years in the making. Construction crews are currently on site, work is being completed as quickly as possible, and four of the zoo’s new animals have arrived. “Essentially, we have become the parents to our two new bears,” said Dave Thompson, Director of Animal Management…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosting Annual Uncorked and Tapped for Conservation Fundraiser

The Fundraiser is Happening Thursday, November 14, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo invites you to the annual Uncorked and Tapped for Conservation Fundraiser on Thursday, November 14 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event is happening at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. The evening will include wine and beer tasting, food from local restaurants, live music, raffles, and more. Proceeds from this event go towards…

Middle School Students Become Zoo Keepers for a Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Local middle school students got to take a break from their classes Monday morning and were able to experience what it’s like to be a zoo keeper. This is made possible because of a partnership between the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Lake Superior Zoo. Monday, the students were helping make the bears diet. It’s all to…

Tricks and Treats Taking Over Lake Superior Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is Happening Saturday, October 12, and Saturday, October 19

DULUTH, Minn. – Boo at the Zoo is back once again for another season of tricking and collecting treats. The event is happening Saturday, October 12 and 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to dress in costume, but not too scary! More than 40 trick-or-treating stations will be available. Henna tattoos, a magic show, straw maze…

Grassy Point, Kingsbury Bay Restoration to Complete December 2020

Minnesota DNR hosted tour of restoration site, where sediment and wood waste are being removed.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota DNR hosted a tour of the Grassy Point and Kingsbury Bay restoration project taking place between the Bong Bridge and Lake Superior Zoo. The project aims to remove sediment from Kingsbury Bay and 120 years of historic sawmill wood waste from Grassy Point. The restoration is expected to be done in December of 2020. “We’re gonna,…

Lake Superior Zoo Crew Showcases Work with Animals

Teen summer program shares all they learned throughout the ten weeks.

DULUTH, Minn.- For 10 weeks every summer, area teens learn how to handle and care for animals alongside Lake Superior Zookeepers, and teach visitors about wildlife and conservation. On Tuesday the Zoo Crew showed off all they do at the Zoo, along with what they’ve learned this summer. For some Zoo Crew members who want to become veterinarians, the program…

Lake Superior Zoo To Add Nature-Based Preschool

The program is set to begin in the fall of 2020

DULUTH, Minn.- Plans are underway for a new Duluth Preschool that will be on the wild side. Starting in the fall of 2020, the Lake Superior Zoo will offer a nature-based preschool. The goal is to help ease Duluth’s need for childcare while also giving the Lake Superior Zoo new life and more revenue. The process has already begun to…

See a Movie, Save a Lion at Marcus Duluth Cinemas

Theater partners with Lake Superior Zoo to raise money to conserve lion.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo partnered with Marcus Duluth Cinemas in capitalizing on the success of a new Disney movie for conservation efforts. $1 from any ticket purchased went towards the Lion Recovery Fund to help Lion conservation efforts. Since the first Lion King was released 25 years ago, half of Africa’s Lions have been lost and only 20,000…

Specialty Brews to be Unveiled During Zoo La Palooza Fundraiser

Zoo La Palooza is Happening Thursday, July 18 at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – The animals at the Lake Superior Zoo invite you to get wild with them Thursday, July 18 for the annual Zoo La Palooza fundraiser. The after-hours party at the Zoo features LIVE music, food trucks, specialty beer, games, silent auctions and more. Tickets for this year’s event are only $20, with the money going directly back into…

Lake Superior Zoo After the 2012 Flood

After major damage and missing and dead animals, Zoo says they're back and better than ever.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo was one of many areas ripped apart by the 2012 Northland Flash Floods. Now, seven years later, they’re on the right track, according to Zoo officials. The 2012 flood damaged the Barnyard, destroyed the Polar Shores exhibit, and claimed the lives of fourteen animals, even leaving a seal stranded on a nearby street. Now…

Lake Superior Zoo Spends Day Appreciating Members

Zoo holds Members Appreciation Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Imagine having a zoo all to yourself for the day. Lake Superior Zoo members had that chance today for the zoo’s member appreciation day. After a pretty long and rough winter the zoo was full of sunshine and families as the zoo thanked their members for their continued support. The zoo was more alive than usual as members could…

Schools ‘Almost’ Out, Let’s Skate!

The Free Skate Event is Happening Wednesday, May 29 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Duluth Heritage Center is hosting a skating event for families Wednesday, May 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The “School’s Out Skate” is a free event including plenty of outside organizations and activities. Music and lighting will be provided for the skating. Plenty of carnival style games will wrap the edge of the Seitz Arena turf, as…

Thinking Spring at the Think Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Event held at Black Bear Casino in Carlton

CARLTON, Minn.- The Otter Creek Event Center was packed with at least 100 booths of unique handmade items, like puppets and fudge. If you visited at least 25 booths, you had a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Seven Fires Steakhouse at Black Bear Casino. “Anything in this arena today, a lot of stuff you might be able…

Animal Answers: It’s Time to Talk Turtles

Educators with the Lake Superior Zoo Offer Safety Tips to Remember when Interacting with Turtles

DULUTH, Minn. – With the Minnesota fishing opener on Saturday, May 11 and more humans enjoying area lakes, it’s time to once again talk turtle conservation. It’s also important to remember we often share rural roads with these interesting reptiles. Melanie Michaels with the Lake Superior Zoo stopped by the FOX 21 Studios Wednesday to share a few reminders in this…

Hunting for Eggs at Lake Superior Zoo

Estimated 2,000 people attended the Zoo's egg-hunt.

DULUTH, Minn.- Families took full advantage of the beautiful weather, and headed out to the Lake Superior Zoo for the Easter Eggstravaganza. Kids of all ages put their eyes to the test in this year’s annual Eggstravaganza. At 10 am an estimated 2,000 people started their trek inside the zoo. Guests loved being outside enjoying the warm weather, and hunting for…

Easter Takes Over The Lake Superior Zoo

The Easter Bunny made an early appearance Wednesday night

DULUTH, Minn.- Easter is only four days away, but the Easter bunny himself made an early appearance at the Lake Superior Zoo today. Parents and their kids were able to dye eggs of all different colors, and get some free candy. Also, the kids got a chance to take their picture with the Easter Bunny. Matt Peterson, a father who…

Young Girl’s Wish Granted at Lake Superior Zoo

Make-a-Wish Foundation surprises girl with trip to San Diego Zoo.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes, a trip to the zoo is all you need to have a good day. On Sunday, Lake Superior Zoo donated some space, and time with animals to help make it a very special day for one girl who’s battled cancer twice. “A Lizard!” “Oohs” and “aahhs” are a normal sound at the Zoo. But today is no ordinary…

It’s Easy Being Green on Frog Day at Lake Superior Zoo

Zoo celebrates St. Patrick Day and World Frog Day

DULUTH, Minn.- This St. Patrick Day, Lake Superior Zoo celebrated green in another way. With frogs. The zoo celebrated World Frog Day, which officially falls on Wednesday, March 20th. Guests came and met Pickle the Bullfrog, and other frog species. According to Zookeepers, many don’t know that frogs are indicator species, meaning that a population of frogs in an area…

Artist Makes Unique Drawings for World Wildlife Day at Zoo

Brad Vanderbrook showed off drawings at Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn.- Sunday was World Wildlife Day, and while Lake Superior Zoo doesn’t normally have elephants, giraffes, and gorillas, they got to have them all, through the unique drawings of one artist. “There’s so many animals that are in trouble, it’s like I’ve got a lot to choose from.” The pictures on display at the Zoo may look like black and white…

Lake Superior Zoo to Host Local Artist on World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is Happening Sunday, February 3, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday, March 3 marks World Wildlife Day and the Lake Superior Zoo is inviting you to help them celebrate and raise awareness. Local artist Brad Vanderbrook will be showcasing his giant portraits of endangered species around the Zoo, and will also be creating his newest piece of work. Vanderbrook uses white bedsheets and permanent marker to create…

Zookeepers, Animals Working to Stay Warm During Arctic Blast

Staff at Lake Superior Zoo Taking Extra Precautions to Keep Animals Safe in Frigid Temperatures

DULUTH, Minn. – Dangerous cold weather doesn’t discriminate. Even the staff and animals at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth are bundling up and finding creative ways to stay warm during the bitter arctic blast. For Lana the Amur tiger, a heated space indoors is where she spends much of her time during below zero temperatures. A heated rock also…

Animal Answers: Give the Gift of Adventure this Holiday Season

Staff at the Lake Superior Zoo Invite You to Purchase a Zoo Membership for a Family Member this Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to picking out the perfect gift this holiday season, more and more people are picking experiences or adventures, creating memories to last a lifetime. Staff at the Lake Superior Zoo are inviting folks to think about purchasing a Zoo membership this holiday season. Details: A Zoo membership pays for itself in two times, and with…

Unseasonable Warmth Brings Duluth Outside

High Temps Mean Comfortable Outdoor Fun

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite how the song goes, it’s beginning to look anything but like a White Christmas. Unseasonably warm weather is gripping the Northland, with temperatures reaching nearly 50  degrees today. Quite a few spots around Duluth were bustling with folks living it up in the hot winter sun. If you took a look at the thermometer in your car,…

North Star Academy Sheds Light On After School Programs

Student Led Event Held for After School Programs

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s not often an event at a school is hosted entirely by students. But today’s Lights on After School event was just that, as each after school club and program came together to show off what they do. The event was held to raise money for, and illustrate the importance of After School Programs. At first glance, it looks…

Lake Superior Zoo Receives Large Donation for Bear Country Exhibit

The construction phase for Bear Country will take about six to eight months.

DULUTH, Minn. – Next year Lake Superior Zoo hopes to open a new Bear Country Exhibit, and after a large donation from Irving Community Club, it’s now one step closer to that goal. Lions, tigers and soon to be bears oh my! Lake Superior Zoo employees tell me they want to make Bear Country a signature exhibit. “This is about trying…

Lake Superior Zoo Goes Boo

Boo at the Zoo Held

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland must not know that Halloween is still a few weeks away, and neither did the animals at Lake Superior Zoo. The Zoo hosted their annual Boo at the Zoo on Saturday. Kids got to enjoy tricks at the bounce house, and the animals got the treat of seeing everyone in their costumes. Even some of the vendors…

Large Black Bear Feasts on Hermantown Garbage Cans

The Bear With a Big Belly Has Been Spotted By Dozens

HERMANTOWN, Minn – As it gets colder outside chances are getting higher that you might encounter a certain kind of creature in your neighborhood. There’s one that’s become a sort of ‘neighborhood celebrity’ spotted by dozens of people in Hermantown looking for a snack. Talk to most people on Morris Thomas road in Hermantown and you’ll hear something like what…

Animal Answers: A Call of the Wild LIVE in Studio

The Lake Superior Zoo Stopped by FOX 21 Local News with Three Critters Wednesday Morning

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo is a fun place for many families to gather and connect with their wild side. Wednesday morning, FOX 21 Local News hosted Jessamy Schwartz from the Lake Superior Zoo. Schwartz brought along three animals most people know little about in depth. A nine-month-old hedgehog, a tortoise and a Skittles the snake helped inform…

Duluth’s Wildest Party to Take Over Lake Superior Zoo

Zoo La Palooza is the Lake Superior Zoo's Largest Fundraising Event of the Year

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, July 19, 2018, the Lake Superior Zoo will host the annual Zoo La Palooza. The operations fundraiser is the highlight of the board’s fundraising work on behalf of the Zoo. Money raised will help the facility continue to provide up-close and personal animal experiences to visitors, which Zoo staff say inspire connections to wildlife and…

Slithering Celebrities

Lake Superior Zoo Celebrates World Snake Day

Duluth, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo invited folks to slither out and celebrate with some serpents on Sunday for World Snake Day. It was a particularly exciting day for young Landon Dardis. “Because I got to have a snake selfie with a yellow snake,” he said. Guests got to meet 8-year-old Bullsnake Mr. Burns, and Monty: a 9-foot Burmese Python….

Beautiful Butterflies Back at Lake Superior Zoo

The Butterfly House Exhibit will Remain Open until Mid-September at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – After months of cold and snow and back by popular demand, butterflies have fluttered their way back into the Lake Superior Zoo for yet another summer. Mother Nature forced opening day of the exhibit to be pushed back, but it’s not stopping visitors from flocking to local attraction.   “People are enchanted when they come here,” said…

Duluth Brothers Donate Allowance to Bear Country Exhibit

Winter Brothers Choose to Donate Their "Giving" Allowance to Future Bear Country Exhibit at Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – If you ask any child what they’d like to spend an allowance on, chances are it’ll most likely be toys, but one family in the Northland has come up with a solution which is also spreading future financial knowledge. “I’m going to be really excited probably,” said Elijah Winter. A trip to the zoo can be wild…

Military Personnel and Families Have Free Summer Admission at Lake Superior Zoo

Proof of service is required, such as a Common Access Card (CAC).

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth is joining a new club. It’s now recognized as a Blue Star Museum. Staff made the announcement and beginning this Saturday, May 26 until Labor Day, Sept. 3 military personnel and their families will have free admission. It’s a way to give back to the community and also help revitalize the zoo….

Duluth Bonding Bill Projects Include Lake Superior Zoo and Glensheen Mansion

The Lake Superior Zoo and Glensheen Mansion have requested million in funds to make repairs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo requested $1.9 million of funding from that bonding bill to help with a new exhibit. Zoo staff members tell us they are now cautiously optimistic as they wait for the governor to make a final decision about the bill. The money would go toward the “Bear Country” exhibit. Zoo workers say that’s the…

Zoo Hosts “Party for the Planet” Ahead of Earth Day

Event Supports Snow Leopard Trust

DULUTH, Minn. – Tonight it’s going to be a big party at the Lake Superior Zoo and everyone is invited! The Party for the Planet celebrates Earth Day and gives visitors a chance to explore the zoo after hours. It’s taking place Friday, April 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Guest can check out the animals and meet endangered species…

Lake Superior Zoo Celebrates National Ferret Day

Ferrets can live up to 15 years, but most live up to six.

Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth is still celebrating National Ferret Day. Although it was on April 2 the zoo marked the occasion by letting people get up close and personal with the furry animals. Ferrets are known to be a little feisty but playful. The zoo has three ferrets named Beethoven, Mozart and Igor and they’re just under a year…

Easter EGG-stravaganza at Lake Superior Zoo

The family friendly environment had free games, special animal enrichment and an Easter egg hunt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people in the Northland kicked off their holiday weekend at the annual Easter EGG–stravaganza at the Lake Superior Zoo. Zoo staff tell us when the doors opened at 10 a.m. it was like Black Friday with people piling in. The family friendly environment had free games, special animal enrichment and an Easter egg hunt. The special…

Animal Answers: Easter Baskets Over Bunnies

Education Coordinators at Lake Superior Zoo Remind of the Commitment Bunnies and Chickens Come With

DULUTH, Minn. – With Easter right around the corner, many folks are purchasing candies, baskets and other gifts for children ahead of the holiday. However, Lake Superior Zoo Education Program Coordinator Jessamy Schwartz says now is not the time to purchase a bunny or chicken for your children. She wants to remind people that these animals can live to be…

Lake Superior Zoo Connects With Tarantulas on Save A Spider Day

There are about 800 known tarantula species.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Zoo is representing its spiders with Save a Spider Day and even helping people get over their fears. The day focuses on how spiders are interesting animals and how you can live alongside them. Zoo staff say spiders are often misunderstood and spiders aren’t trying to hurt you. Having spiders as pets isn’t common because…

Lake Superior Zoo to Host ‘Twas The Night Before Zoo-mas’

The Holiday Event is Happening Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 - 3:00p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 – 3:00p.m at the Lake Superior Zoo, guests will have the chance to take pictures with Santa and the Grinch while enjoying story time in Santa’s Workshop and so much more. Children can write letters to Santa and go on a Candy Cane Hunt. Animals will be available in the ‘North…

Critically Endangered Tamarin Welcomed to Local Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo welcomes a critically endangered species to the family.

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake  Superior Zoo welcomed a baby Cotton-top Tamarin on Thursday. Zoo officials say this is a very exciting addition to the family. Tamarins are a critically endangered species, with an estimated population in South Africa of 6,000. The baby was born following recommendations from the Species Survival Plan, a program which guides breeding of critically endangered…

Jobs Cut at the Lake Superior Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo cut jobs as part of a budget sustainable program.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo started facing many challenges after the loss of the polar shores exhibit. On Monday twelve positions at the Zoo were cut, as part of a revitalization process.  Ten workers at the zoo were laid-off on Monday, two of the twelve jobs were unfilled. The layoffs are helping create a sustainable budget plan; to help…

Kids Show Off Creative Costumes For ‘Boo At The Zoo’

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland families got in the Halloween spirit Saturday for the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration. The Lake Superior Zoo transformed into the Wonka Chocolate Factory. It was an afternoon filled with costumes and competitions. Kids were treated to plenty of candy while trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. “Well Ezraa’s favorite animal is a zebra, so obviously we wanted…

Boo At The Zoo Kicked Off Today!

Kids & Families Dressed Up And Trick-Or-Treated At The Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. — The annual fundraiser Boo At The Zoo is back in Duluth. It kicked off this afternoon and brought more than 3,000 people to Lake Superior Zoo. Kiddos and their families dressed up in Halloween costumes to get a little candy! “It’s a great way to have safe trick or treating and really get the community involved and…

Zoo Receives Tourism Tax Fund Grant

A Tourism Tax Fund Grant of up to $200,000 will Help Keep the Zoo's Doors Open Through the End of 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday evening the Duluth City Council voted to once again help financially keep the doors open at the Lake Superior Zoo. The City approved a Tourism Tax Fund up to $200,000 dollars to help cover operational costs at the facility through the end of 2017. The Zoo’s CEO Erik Simonson says the facility is now in a…

Zookeepers Help Animals Prepare for Colder Months Ahead

In This Week's Animal Answers, Lead Zookeeper Emily Perala Talks Winter Preparation for the Animals

DULUTH, Minn. – Colder temperatures are sinking in across much of the Northland. As humans begin bundling up, it’s also time for animals to do the same. While many of them grow thicker coats of fur, some aren’t able to adapt as quickly as others. Zookeepers at the Lake Superior Zoo tell FOX 21’s Brett Scott they’re working to ensure…

Animal Answers: Inside the Butterfly House

Visitors to the Lake Superior Zoo will Now be Able to Experience Native Butterflies Up-Close for the Rest of the Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting today, visitors at the Lake Superior Zoo will have the chance to make way through an enclosed exhibit with hundreds of butterflies fluttering around. “Beautiful Butterflies: An Up-Close Experience,” is the Zoo’s newest exhibit, featuring hundreds of butterflies native to the Midwest. “This is a beautiful and fun exhibit, and we’re pleased to bring it to…

Lake Superior Zoo: Five Years After the Flood

Zoo Officials Hope to Downsize, Restructure Space and Offer New Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – Five years have passed since major flooding washed away years of hard work and dedication at the Lake Superior Zoo. Millions of dollars are still being spent to repair and rebuild what was lost during those overnight hours. “My first response is we had a problem, we had to get things done, my staff is amazing,” said…

Donation to Lake Superior Zoo Benefits Animal Health

X-ray Machine Donated by St. Luke's Hospital

DULUTH, Minn. – As many of us know, dealing with a broken bone can be difficult. When it comes to animals, chances are the diagnosis is even harder to pinpoint. Now, thanks to generous donors in the Northland, the Lake Superior Zoo is now equipped with the latest and greatest X-ray technology. “Monty is the kind of snake that doesn’t strike,…