The Minnesota Zoo unveils new family gateway entrance

The Minnesota Zoo unveils new family gateway entrance
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If you have been to the Minnesota Zoo at some point in the past 20 years, you have more than likely been to the Wells Fargo Family Farm. It is easily one of the Minnesota Zoo’s most popular attractions, and is home to the wildly popular Farm Babies.

Now, the farm has a new, unique feature that will welcome thousands of guests each year: Part of the first phase of a Minnesota Zoo revitalization project, the gateway provides a brand new structure to redefine the entrance of a nearly 20-year-old farm.

The gateway is more than just an entrance

The gateway is dedicated to a historic timeline of Minnesota farming in an effort to connect visitors with our states’ long agricultural farming heritage, while creating a more intimate experience for guests visiting the exhibit beyond. The first phase of the project was made possible thorough gifts to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation from corporate partner Wells Fargo and donors Carmen and Jim Campbell, totaling $1,000,000.

The Minnesota Zoo unveils new family gateway entrance
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Joe Ravens, Wells Fargo region bank president, spoke of Wells Fargo’s involvement in the zoo project in a statement, saying, “Wells Fargo is proud to support such a great organization like the Minnesota Zoo who helps shape our state’s cultural fabric and serves as a point of pride for all Minnesotans. The Zoo’s cutting-edge exhibits provides exciting experiences with animals and their habitats, introducing Minnesotans and Zoo visitors to animal species from around the globe.”

The grand opening took place this past Monday, August 6, from 5 – 7 p.m. and will be open for the rest of the season. If you find yourself looking for something to do, or wanting to see something new, the MN Zoo and check out the new gateway entrance to the Wells Fargo Family Farm.

Just don’t forget to bring a few quarters so you can feed the goofy goats while you’re there.

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