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Many of the Minnesota Zoo’s buildings and infrastructure systems are 35 years old. The Zoo has identified more than $30 million of asset preservation needs including new roofs and skylights, pipe insulation, restroom repairs, pool waterproofing, fencing replacement and exhibit rehabilitation. This session the zoo is asking for $54 million for infrastructure repairs, completion of the Discovery Bay re-purposing and upgrades to main building exhibits and guest facilities.
The Minnesota Zoo is an important state asset that is a gateway for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. It’s also important to note that the Minnesota Zoo provides as much as $146 million a year in economic impact to the state with 1.4 million annual visitors.
I have seen, first-hand, the difference the Minnesota Zoo makes in the lives of Minnesotans.However, I am just one voice. I’d like to hear from you – why should preserving the aging infrastructure of the Minnesota Zoo remain a priority for Minnesota? Email your thoughts to Sen.Greg.Clausen@senate.mn and spread the word about the importance of preserving the Minnesota Zoo.