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How to Feed A Growing Bear

by Dr. Louise Beyea, Lake Superior Zoo Veterinarian Feeding zoo animals is full of challenges. In order to keep animals healthy, it’s important toprovide them food that is as close to what they would eat in the wild. From tiny hedgehogs thateat primarily insects, to grizzly bears that can grow to 1,000-pound-plus giants, zookeepers arecalled […]

Babies or No Babies

by Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Louise Beyea The arrival of spring is often accompanied by the arrival of babies for many animals in the wild.Having babies is usually a good thing. It means the species lives on. Mother Nature can usually ensure that there’s plenty of space for new babies, and “herddynamics” often ward against related […]

A Quarantine Story – April 2020

by Dr. Louise Beyea, Lake Superior Zoo Veterinarian Decontamination. Zoonotic disease. Disinfection. Quarantine. These words, and many other scary terms, are screaming from the headlines as our worldreacts to the emergence of a new, highly contagious virus. These words are nothing new to theanimal care staff at the Lake Superior Zoo. The zoo follows requirements […]

COVID-19

The Lake Superior Zoo remains open and we are taking the proper precautions to protect staff, visitors, and volunteers from COVID-19. As an outdoor public venue that is similar to many places people visit in the course of daily life, these precautions will help us ensure the health of our visitors and community. We are […]

We Hear You, Duluth!

By Leah Budnik, Preschool Director Dear Families, I have wonderful news. The Zoo School is listening closely to feedback from our community. Our community needs child care! Specifically, families in our community need full day, full week child care, year round. The Zoo School is adapting to meet these needs. We have decided to create our own […]

Lillian's Lumpy Nose

by Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Louise Beyea Lake Superior Zoo Lead Keeper Emily Perala knows her lemurs. She’s the keeper who isprimarily responsible for the troop of charismatic, striped-tailed busy bodies in the Primate CareCenter. When Emily informed me about a bump on the nose of Lillian, a 5-year-old female lemur, shereminded me that Lillian’s father […]

Beakistry – The Art of Rebuilding a Bird's Beak

Nancy is a large laughing kookaburra. The laughing part of this species’ name is because of the raucous laughter-like sound they make as part of their vocal repertoire. Sometimes I can do my clumsy imitation of the kookaburra’s laugh and get Nancy to respond with her authentic call. Her laughing shouts are almost deafening! Nancy […]

A New Tiger – A New Blog

Hello zoo friends! I’m Dr. Louise Beyea, the contract veterinarian at the Lake Superior Zoo. My fingers have been getting “itchy” lately, so I’ve decided to put them to work on the computerkeyboard and tell you a few stories about the animals at the zoo, how our zoo fits into the bigpicture of zoos and […]

Construction & Cougars & Bears – oh my!

Welcome home (not so) little ones! As an accredited zoological facility, we put animals first – always. That’s why when two pairs of orphaned siblings lost their mothers in tragic accidents, we stepped in to ensure they had a place to call home. Without a mother to provide protection, food, and care, young animals have […]