Zollman Zoo

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Zollman Zoo Byron Reviews

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A Minnesotan Zoo May 14, 2011
Located just a few miles outside of Rochester, MN, the Zollman Zoo is located within the grounds of Oxbow Park, which is run by the county. Both the park and the zoo are free to get into.

Although small, what makes the Zollman Zoo special is that it specializes in animals that are native to Minnesota. If you want to see camels or monkeys or tigers, you can go elsewhere. When you get to the zoo, you can chose to either go through the main building, which is a nature center type of building, and houses a couple of snakes native to Minnesota, including the timber rattlesnake, or you can bypass the building and walk past the bird cages, which house bald eagles, owls, and hawks.

Next up include the otters, which have a new exhibit in the past few years, a timberwolf, brown bear, coyote, fox, fisher, lynx, bobcat, cougar, ground hog, prairie dogs, badger, porcupine, buffalo, deer, and elk. There is also a farm area that has turkeys, goats, and a mule. Unfortunately, there is no feeding of the animals, which is something that I think the zoo could improve upon. There is also an old homestead building and old farm equipment on site to show what life would have been like in the 1800s, but when we go there, we usually bypass this without a second thought.
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