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Zoo Letter

Zoo Letter

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13000 ZOO BOULEVARD APPLE VALLEY, MN 55124 952.431.9200 800.366.7811 mnzoo.org
NEWS RELEASE
Minnesota Zoo Receives $4 Million in 2012 Capital InvestmentBill
 
Dollars will improve Discovery Bay Facility
Apple Valley, MINN – May 14, 2012
– The Minnesota State Legislature has passed andGovernor Dayton has signed the 2012 Capital Investment bill. The Minnesota Zoo is thankfulto have received $4 million in the bill, which will allow us to begin to address our mostpressing asset preservation need: Discovery Bay.Built 15 years ago, the Zoo’s Discovery Bay building is in need of significant repairs to correctdamage caused over time by salt water in the pools and atmosphere. This work will includeresealing the pools and reinforcing parts of the building that have been adversely affectedby salt water intrusion. The Zoo is investigating and assessing specific maintenance andrepair needs, and we anticipate results and an action plan to be developed early thissummer.Making the necessary repairs inside Discovery Bay requires draining the pools where theZoo’s dolphins live. As a result, dolphins “Allie” and “Semo” will relocate to other accreditedfacilities where they will join dolphin groups. Semo is currently the oldest male dolphin livingin human care, a testament to the quality husbandry he’s received for over 40 years. TheZoo plans on announcing when the dolphins are scheduled to move so that Zoo guests cancome to say goodbye before they leave.The Minnesota Zoo is engaged in a comprehensive master planning process, identifyingand sequencing new projects and exhibits throughout the Zoo. Due to the low availabilityof dolphins and the urgency of other Zoo development priorities, at this time we do notforesee exhibiting dolphins in the building’s aquatic environments. As part of the master planning process, we are working to determine what other aquatic animals andenvironmental education activities might be featured in Discovery Bay when the poolrepairs are completed. Dolphins have been an important part of the Minnesota Zoo(continued)
Contact:
Kelly LessardPublic Relations Manager 952.431.9217kelly.lessard@state.mn.us
 

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