Severe cold weather to close Minnesota Zoo on Monday

Severe cold weather to close Minnesota Zoo on Monday

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Apple Valley, MINN – January 3, 2014 – The Minnesota Zoo will be closed to the public on Monday, January 6, 2014 to protect the general public from forecasted dangerously cold weather. In response to Governor Mark Dayton’s announcement today that all of the state’s K-12 public schools will be closed on Monday, the Minnesota Zoo (a State agency) has followed suit and will not be open to the public.


The National Weather Service predicts that most of the state will experience the coldest temperatures in more than a decade next Monday, with lows reaching -30 degrees and wind chills predicted to reach as low as -50 degrees.


“The safety of our guests is always our first priority,” said Zoo Director Lee C. Ehmke. “We are making this decision to protect members and guests as well as our staff and the Zoo’s 4,300 animals from the extreme cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. We thank Governor Dayton for his concern for citizen’s safety and are following suit in order to encourage families to stay home, safe and warm.”


The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley and is one of the State’s premier cultural attractions serving 1.3 million visitors annually. With a mission to connect people, animals and the natural world, the Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Learn more at or by calling 952.431.9500.


Please contact me with any questions. Thank you and stay warm.


Josh Le

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator, Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124

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