A Day at the Como Zoo

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Como Park Zoo, located in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, is a rather pleasant zoo with relatively nice enclosures for their animals. Within the grounds of Como Park you have the zoo, a conservatory, an amusement park, and Como Lake. It is estimated that approximately 1.9 million people visit the park each year.

The first zoo in St. Paul was located on Harriet Island in 1897, when the city of St. Paul received three deer. Later, as additional animals were added to the exhibit, the facilities moved to their present day location on the outskirts of the city, between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The zoo gives visitors an opportunity to see various exotic animals, such as Gorillas, Orangutans, Sloths, Tigers, Lions, Polar Bears and many other animals. Though on my visit many of the animals were still inside and not in their outside displays. Part of this is due to the zoo not wanting to put the animals outside until the temperature is consistently above 50°F for an entire week.

It had been a couple of years since I visited the zoo and was excited to experience the new Gorilla exhibit which opened a couple of years ago. The Gorilla exhibit (aka Gorilla Forrest) at the Como Zoo. The $11 million exhibit redesign and overhaul features 7 gorillas, 6 of which are new to Como Zoo, and the largest all-mesh Gorilla enclosure in North America.

Gorillas have been on display at the Como Zoo since the mid-1950s and were one of the first zoos in the nation to engage in breeding loans of great apes to other zoos so that the reproduction of these species could be improved.

On the day of my exhibit the gorillas, which includes a family of 5 and a couple of bachelors, were all chowing down on a snack of coconuts.


Below are a few photos taken at the zoo this past Sunday.


Chloe - Como Zoo 2015
Chloe the Sloth

Chloe - Como Zoo 2015
Chloe the Sloth

Chloe - Como Zoo 2015
Chloe the Sloth having a scratch

Orangutan - Como Zoo 2015
Orangutan

Tortoise - Como Zoo 2015
Tortoise

Amur Tiger - Como Zoo 2015
Amur Tiger

Amur Tiger - Como Zoo 2015
Amur Tiger

Amur Tiger - Como Zoo 2015
Amur Tiger having a drink

Snow Leopard - Como Zoo 2015
Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard - Como Zoo 2015
Snow Leopard

Schroeder - Lowland Gorilla - Como Zoo 2015
Schroeder, a male lowland Gorilla enjoying a coconut

Schroeder - Lowland Gorilla - Como Zoo 2015
Schroeder

Schroeder - Lowland Gorilla - Como Zoo 2015
Schroeder

Schroeder - Lowland Gorilla - Como Zoo 2015
Schroeder

Schroeder - Lowland Gorilla - Como Zoo 2015
Schroeder

Baby Arlene - Lowland Gorilla - Como Zoo 2015
Baby Arlene clings to her mommy.

Schroeder - Lowland Gorilla - Como Zoo 2015
Schroeder





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