As we walked from the parking area to the entrance building I found two sculptures to admire.
The temperature was around 32 (0 C) and there wasn't any wind. I suggested we walk some of the outdoor trails thinking this might be the warmest part of the day.
We headed first for an area called the Russian Grizzly Coast.
This area of the zoo has animals from the Russian side of the Pacific Ocean as pictured above in the map. (I am still learning about my new camera. One thing -- each time I turn it on I have to change the flash to a no flash command or else I end up surprised with a flash reflection such as appear in the map photo.)
One of the first thing we saw were the sea otters. They move so quickly that it was hard to keep up with them within the camera viewfinder. Nearby signs explained one way they keep warm is this constant movement. And they can live in water at a temperature of 0 C, whereas a human would die in about 30 minutes at this temperature from hypothermia.
The signage also explains that the sea otters are a vulnerable population. Their numbers have drastically declined during the last 100 years. Part of the reason is that their pelts were sought for warm clothing. They are beginning to increase in their numbers.
We headed then to walk what is called the Northern Trail.
The first thing we saw were the wild boars.
Next we saw the Amur Tigers. These tigers are native to a place in Asia that has the same weather as does Minnesota and so they do just fine in Minnesota.
Nearby is another Asian animal, the takin. These animals are native to China. The explanatory information here told us they are quite threatened there because their native habitat is one of the areas of huge development in China.
We continued into an area resembling the American plains. Below is not my best photograph. It shows bison at rest.
In the same area are moose.
Signage here reminds us that something mysterious is happening to the moose in Minnesota. The numbers are declining drastically and there is a huge study underway to try to solve this mystery.
And certainly not part of the American plains, but comfortable in Minnesota are Bactrian camels.
When we had finished walking these trails we went for coffee. Then we went to the Wild Bird Show. We really enjoyed this show very much.
After the Bird Show we spend some time on the Minnesota Trail.
First we enjoyed watching the snow monkeys.
Our last stop was to see the African penquins.
At home we were happy to see the things placed in the slow cooker in the morning had turned into a nice turkey casserole.