Malayan Tapirs are excellent swimmers & can be found in the dense rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Although tapirs are not closely related to elephants they use their long snouts a lot like a trunk.
Next time you're at the @mnzoo take a stroll down our Tropics Trail and say hello to our Malayan Tapirs. #dayatthemnzoo (:Flickr Fan, Farzad Sadjadi)
This is the last weekend of #FarmBabies Make sure to stop by before these little (goat) kids are all grown up. Last day of Farm Babies is Sunday, April 30. (: Zoo Photographer, John Oakes) #dayatthemnzoo
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Video by @joelsartore | An endangered Hawaiian monk seal at the @mnzoo.
Unlike most species of seal, the Hawaiian monk seal prefers warmer temperatures and can be found in the tropical waters of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Sadly, these seals are listed as endangered on the IUCN Redlist. The most significant threats to the Hawaiian monk seal are the changing oceanic conditions caused by climate change. The habitats they thrive in are shrinking and food is becoming limited, leading not only to starvation, but also to more deaths of females caused by aggressive males trying to mate in small, crowded habitats. Additionally, these seals are often accidentally caught in fishing nets, and have a high pup mortality rate.
Training with Hawaiian monk seals at the Minnesota Zoo is done first and foremost to help the veterinary staff care and monitor the seal’s heath and body condition. For example, seals learn to open their mouths so their caretakers can make sure their oral health is good shape. The seals are then rewarded with a seafood treat. The choice to participate in the training is completely up to the animal and is done with 100% positive reinforcement.
The @mnzoo is the only place outside of Hawaii where the general public can come face to face with the Hawaiian monk seal, and getting to know this amazing animal leads to a stronger motivation to save it. Guest donations to the zoo help fund research projects with @NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) allowing biologists to track Hawaiian monk seals in hopes to better understand the threats they face.
Check out @natgeo for an up close perspective of this photoshoot! Photographed under the authority of NMFS MMPA-ESA Permit 17967-01.
Sunday (4/16) is the last day to see the Wings Financial World of Birds Show before a brief spring hiatus. It will return May 27, outdoors, at the Weesner Family Amphitheater. See mnzoo.org for more details. #dayatthemnzoo#coconut#birdshow
Every Thursday we’re highlighting one of the 64 threatened and endangered species at the @mnzoo. Hawaiian monk seals are critically endangered due to pup mortality, recreational/commercial fishing, predators and (human) crowding. Guest donations to the @mnzoo help fund research projects with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) biologists to track Hawaiian Monk Seals in hopes to better understand the threats they face. The MN Zoo is the only place outside of Hawaii that the general public can see these beautiful animals. #threatenedthursday#savewildlife#dayattheMNZoo#savingspecies
Happy #TongueOutTuesday - DYK: Pileated Woodpecker's pointy tongue stretches 3x longer than its bill & when retracted, wraps around its skull. Their tongue also includes rear-facing bars, which prevent insects from escaping when the woodpecker retracts its tongue from the tree. Come see a pileated woodpecker at the @mnzoo on the Medtronic Minnesota Trail. (: Flickr Fan, Michael Boehnlein) #dayatthemnzoo
Working as a team with other Farm volunteers is how we get things done and a lot of fun. You should join us and be a Farm volunteer. It’s easy, apply at the @mnzoo - Link in bio. Thanks for following my takeover! #dayatthemnzoo#volunteerlife#farmbabies
Isn’t this calf adorable? Meet Lucky (named for the 7 on the forehead) it's a R & W Holstein. I’m talking to guests about dairy cows. Did you know dairy cows drink a bathtub full of water every day? There’s a lot of cool facts to share and who knew cows have such individual personalities! #volunteerlife#farmlife#farmbabies#dayatthemnzoo
People LOVE ducks, big or small and right now I get to introduce a young guest to a young duckling - so much fun! 🦆Become a @mnzoo volunteer today! Link in bio. (: Ken Henningsen, PhotoEventures) #volunteerlife#dayatthemnzoo#farmbabies
Farm volunteer Kelsey again, my next assignment is talking about these adorable piglets. Did you know piglets gain about a pound a day? They are always eating! Find out more on volunteering at the @mnzoo - link in bio. (: John Oakes, Zoo Photographer) #farmbabies#volunteerlife#dayatthemnzoo
First up today- I’m in the goat and sheep barn. I love showing guests how to feed and groom a goat and added bonus, I get to hang around with these cuties. Want to volunteer? Link in bio. (: Ken Henningsen, PhotoEventures) #dayatthemnzoo#volunteerlife#farmlife#farmbabies
Hi! I am Kelsey, a Farm volunteer at the MN Zoo. Today I’m taking over the Zoo’s Instagram account to show you how much fun I have volunteering at the zoo’s Farm exhibit. Check back throughout the day to see what I do at the Farm. Want more info on volunteering at the @mnzoo - check out the link in our bio. (: Ken Henningsen, PhotoEventures) #volunteerlife#dayatthemnzoo#farmbabies
Spring has sprung! It's opening weekend of #farmbabies at the @mnzoo! Come say hello to the new piglets, goat kids, chicks, calves, ducklings, and more! Now through April 30. Thanks to Zoo photographer John Oakes for these great s. #dayatthemnzoo#farmlife#spring
The Dhole, also known as an Asian Wild Dog, is one of the 64 species at the Minnesota Zoo that is endangered. There are only 2,500 individuals left in Asia in the wild and their populations continue to decline as their habitats are destroyed and their food source (deer) are hunted. Biologists at the Minnesota Zoo are trying to help the remaining populations in Thailand.
Check out mnzoo.org/blog to find out more on the work that the Minnesota Zoo is doing in partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to help wild Dholes. #savingspecies#threatenedthursday#savewildlife#wesavespecies#minnesotazoo
The @mnzoo has partnered with @okeedokeebros on their new single "Countin' On Me". All proceeds from the purchase of the single will support the Minnesota Zoo and its work to save wildlife. Download it today! Link in profile. Available on iTunes and where ever you download music. #savewildlife#musicwithamessage#dayattheMNZoo
The @okeedokeebros stopped by the #minnesotazoo today to celebrate their new song "Countin' on Me". The song was made in collaboration with the #mnzoo. All proceeds from the song will go the Minnesota Zoo's effort to save wildlife. Get it today on iTunes or where ever you download music!
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Baby Alert Lilly our two-toed sloth is now a mother. Come see our new addition this weekend on the Tropics Trail! #dayattheMNZoo