Duluth & St. Louis County Days at the Capital

The Lake Superior Zoo celebrated it’s 100 year anniversary in 2023, making it the 19th oldest zoo in the US! We are one of three organizations in the state of Minnesota that hold the prestigious accreditation by AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums). We want to thank legislators and staff for their support on state-funded initiatives including ACHF grant-funded exhibits to bonding projects like Bear Country. Here’s to the next 100 years!


To provide close up animal experiences that inspire connections with wildlife and action towards conservation in our region and around the world.


A future where all living things thrive together.


  • Community – We strive to be a place of gathering for our community and empower our neighbors in conservation.
  • DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility & inclusion) – We value and welcome all people and understand that diversity makes our organization stronger and more successful.
  • Innovation – We take pride in our creativity and pledge to ensure ethical excellence in every function of our organization.
  • Safety – We provide a safe space for all guests, staff, volunteers, and animals in our care.
  • Stewardship – We compassionately act each day to protect wildlife, the environment, and all resources entrusted to us.

State-Funded Projects

OPENING FALL 2024 – New Caribou habitat
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund FY24/25

“History of the Lake Superior Zoo” Exhibit
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund FY22/23

Bald Eagle Exhibit Renovations
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund FY19-21*

Main Building Predesign
State Bonding Bill FY22

Gray Wolf Habitat
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund FY19-21*

Bear Country
State Bonding Bill FY19

*Grant extended due to COVID.