Today, we girls, headed to Duluth MN to visit a few fun sights. We hopped over to the Lake Superior Zoo first.
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For those of you who aren't aware of the ASTC reciprocal membership program... Look into it!
ASTC = Association of Science and Technology Centers (a slew of science & technology centers, zoo, and museums all over the world). This year we joined Tellus in order to take advantage of it during our travels. With our Tellus Membership, we were able to get free admission into all the places we went today! Totally worth the Tellus membership!!!! Before our trip - I literally made a list of all the places on our route that we could get into for free with the reciprocal membership!
OK - back to the Lake Superior Zoo!
4 years ago, there was a huge flood in Duluth. We were actually here right after the flood and saw a lot of the damage. The zoo was in the news because of the devastating damage and animals that were loose (the seal was found outside the zoo, at 3am, which was how they knew it was flooding). There is a beautiful creek that runs through the zoo property. We loved it - it's got an amazing little waterfall and is a really nice walkway through the woods and over some bridges. My girls were shocked when they saw the pictures of the flooding....all from this sweet little creek. Sadly, the zoo lost 14 of their zoo animals.
With that in mind, I knew that they were rebuilding and rehousing animals as they worked on their structures and grounds. BUT... this year with our Tellus membership, we were able to get in for free! So we went!!!!
I have to say- I loved it. It's very different than Zoo Atlanta - different types of animals, different habitats. We had a great time! loved the lions and tigers....
We loved having a great view of the lions and tigers...
If you said to attract the females - no. It's protection for their necks as they fight for their territory.
Their barnyard had baby goats, which were a hit.... and they loved trying to eat my shoe laces and purse.
they had a Tarantula exhibit going on - I found it so interesting. Did you know that researchers are using tarantula venom to combat illnesses??? cool.
After the zoo - we zipped down the street to the Duluth Children's Museum.... also a NSCT member - so once again, free admission!
I had a great time playing on the giant Connect 4 game with Megan. (I won, in case you were wondering).