Minnesota's Legacy

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Minnesota Zoo
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount

Minnesota has long been committed to preserving its natural heritage.

In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Minnesota and other conservation organizations, the Minnesota Zoo plays a significant role in these preservation efforts by addressing pressing wildlife conservation issues important to our State.

Minnesota Zoo
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount

The Minnesota Zoo’s site – 485 acres of land in Dakota county – is a state treasure that includes a diverse array of habitants including vernal pools, sedge meadows, oak woodlands, and northern rich fens. More than half of this is undeveloped wildlife habitat which, thanks to Legacy funding, is now being explored by zoo staff and guests in order to educate citizens about the wild animals and wild places native to our state and the importance of caring for and conserving these resources.