The Minnesota Zoo is an important state asset

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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 and spread the word about the importance of preserving the Minnesota Zoo.

Senator Greg Clausen
Greg Clausen lives in Apple Valley and represents District 57 in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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