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Jul 17

Great Zoo Exhibit: Tropics Trail

Tropics Trail
As my oldest daughter said, “it is a never-ending rainforest.”  The Tropics Trail is a wonderful immersion exhibit found at the Minnesota Zoo. It’s my daughters favorite exhibit.  Easy to see why.  Lots of fun entertaining animals to see.  Tons of variety as well as a large aquarium enclosure.  The Tropics Trail really had it all or at least it seemed that way.  Making this great zoo exhibit a never-ending rain forest.
Monkeys enclosure
I could imagine that during the height of winter in Minnesota the Tropics Trail is a popular destination.  A way to escape the frozen North.  Also, a way to add a bit of color to what is a white winter.  From the green flora to the bright tropical colors of the animals.  A quick trip to a warmer climate during the doldrums of a Minneapolis wintertime.
tropics aquarium
The Tropics Trail is a 21st century exhibit that is one of the better rainforests that we have visited.  Any exhibit that recreates an immersive like feeling is a real treat.  Much better than the old bars and concrete of yesteryear.  The large variety of animals on display already puts the Tropics Trail into a must-see category. Then add the small touches like a crawl through log with windows into an animal’s enclosure, the large tropical pond and reef to see, and just the sheer size of the exhibit help make the Minnesota Zoo one of the best.
Dwarf Caiman
Animals from Asia and Africa are well represented at the Tropics Trail.  Red river hogs, lemurs, tapirs, and African fruit bats just to name a few.  Birds and monkeys also have a strong presence along the trail.  Most species seem to have a pretty decent space, free flight areas, or lots of room to climb up.  The only one that I felt a little apprehensive about was the tapir.  Such a large animal to be in an entirely indoor area, though it seemed happy.  As well as willing to mate having a baby born in 2015.
Flamingo Cove
My eldest liked it all.  She loves all things rainforest.  We go to the library a lot and nine times out of ten she is checking out at least one book on the rainforest.  More like two or three.  So, this was a fascinating visit for her.  Mine and our youngest daughter’s favorite was the tropical reef.  You see it from walkway above it.  Where it actually looks a little small then you take the trail down to eye level and it’s really a nice size tank filled with lots of tropical fish.  The only thing missing was a sea turtle.  My wife enjoyed the large pond area with the gibbons and tropical birds.
Tropical Bird
The three immersive exhibits at the Minnesota Zoo make this a fine zoo to visit.  Hard to pic which one is the best I liked the Grizzly Coast, my daughter liked the Tropics Trail, and the Minnesota Trail is another good one.  Take a trip to the Minnesota Zoo to find out which one you think is best.

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Tropics Trail Sign
Minnesota Zoo
Location: 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley Minnesota
Hours of Operation: Summer Months May through September 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours on Saturday and Sunday and October through April 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost as of this Posting: Ages 13-64 $18.00 Ages 3 to 12 and 65 and over are $12.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.mnzoo.org/

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1 comment

  1. freda

    Whee o I finally figured out that first pic is some kind of monkey, I think. It kinda looks like a skunk.

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