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Minnesota Zoo will end its dolphin exhibit via StarTribune
One of the Minnesota Zoo’s most popular species will no longer be on exhibit.
The two remaining dolphins are moving within a few months and will not be replaced, the zoo in Apple Valley announced Monday.
Zoo Director Lee Ehmke said Semo and Allie must be relocated because extensive repairs are needed to the 15-year-old Discovery Bay building and the dolphin tank, where the two are housed.
The refurbishment, combined with the species’ low availability, means there will be no dolphins at the Minnesota Zoo “in the foreseeable future,” Ehmke said.
Ehmke acknowledges that losing dolphins as an attraction will be disappointing to visitors. Except for a few brief interruptions, dolphins have been exhibited at the zoo since it opened in 1978.
“People love dolphins,” he said. “It has consistently been one of the favorite animals. They have a lot of charisma, and people find them fascinating and love them, as do we.”

stuffaboutminneapolis:

Minnesota Zoo will end its dolphin exhibit via StarTribune

One of the Minnesota Zoo’s most popular species will no longer be on exhibit.

The two remaining dolphins are moving within a few months and will not be replaced, the zoo in Apple Valley announced Monday.

Zoo Director Lee Ehmke said Semo and Allie must be relocated because extensive repairs are needed to the 15-year-old Discovery Bay building and the dolphin tank, where the two are housed.

The refurbishment, combined with the species’ low availability, means there will be no dolphins at the Minnesota Zoo “in the foreseeable future,” Ehmke said.

Ehmke acknowledges that losing dolphins as an attraction will be disappointing to visitors. Except for a few brief interruptions, dolphins have been exhibited at the zoo since it opened in 1978.

“People love dolphins,” he said. “It has consistently been one of the favorite animals. They have a lot of charisma, and people find them fascinating and love them, as do we.”

  1. minneappleemigre reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    Awww, sad day! This is good for dolphin-kind, though, so I suppose that’s good. At least there are penguins?
  2. dance-in-the-silence reblogged this from minnesotan and added:
    I. Hate. This.
  3. truesentimentalist reblogged this from shelbylindblad
  4. clarelou612 reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  5. raineblade reblogged this from makeallthemagicyoucan
  6. lettuceseewhathappens reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis
  7. penguinsayswhat reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    This is…strangely disappointing to me. I haven’t been to that zoo in years, but the dolphins were my favorite exhibit as...
  8. justmenttosmile reblogged this from tulomne and added:
    NO. THI IS NOT HAPPENING. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?????!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. percussivehandclaps said: How do you move dolphins across the country?
  10. makeallthemagicyoucan reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    This makes me sad because I love dolphins and everyone should be able to see them even if they don’t live near an ocean.
  11. gems-luminescence reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis
  12. thechristinastory reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! THAT’S WHY I GO TO THE MINNESOTA ZOO! BECAUSE COMO DOESN’T HAVE DOLPHINS! NOOOOO!
  13. enemyswim reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis
  14. shelbylindblad reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
  15. erinjoan said: :(
  16. oh-bother reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    Sad! But that dolphin tank is old…and I don’t believe in the captivity of dolphins
  17. filmtheworld-beforeithappens reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis
  18. jakempspolarbears reblogged this from minnesotan and added:
    But I love the dolphins
  19. minnesotan reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis
  20. yourwordsarewind reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    Saddest part of my day. :[
  21. somepretentiousname reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    This exhibit was the highlight of my trips there in elementary school. I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Instead I go to...
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  23. takingbaeksunday reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    NOOOOOOOO!!! THE DOLPHINS!!
  24. irejectyour-reality said: dolphins are such intelligent creatures. i do not think they should be in captivity. (which is hard for me to admit - i’d love to be a marine mammal trainer)
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