$6 million dollars. That is what the Minnesota Zoo is requesting in order to keep the doors open at one of the oldest zoos in the state.

The zoo that is usually open year-round and relays heavily on ticket sales and donations to keep afloat was hit really hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Having to shut their doors and waiting for the governor's blessing took a toll on budgets. Even though guests weren't coming in our out, animals still had to be cared for, and with an operation like the Minnesota Zoo that isn't a cheap endeavor.

In an effort to raise some of that $6 million the zoo is hosting a limited-time event, Beastly Boulevard. It will be a drive-thru experience where guests can see members of the Minnesota Zoo family without leaving their cars. The event will run from June 24th - July 5th. It will start at 10 am and go through 4 pm.

Experience a window into the natural world while viewing some of the most majestic animals at the Zoo - all from the comfort and safety of your own car. By driving through Beastly Boulevard, you are supporting the Zoo and the thousands of animals that call the Zoo home. Register today and see the Zoo like never before!

The route through the zoo will take you on the Northern Trail as well as the Wells Fargo Family Farm. Some animals you might see include:

  • Pronghorn
  • Llamas
  • Bison
  • Wild horses
  • Camel
  • and More!

There will be a limit of 500 vehicles per day with the first available reservations beginning at 10:00 am and the last reservation window being 3:00 pm daily. If you want to get tickets for this event you can do that here.

Earlier this week Governor Tim Walz said that the Minnesota Zoo is on the brink of closure without help that's been requested as part of his bonding bill. Read more on that here. 

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