Capital Campaign

There’s only one way to describe the work underway at the Lake Superior Zoo… THIS IS BIG.

To evolve the zoo into the Northland’s showpiece outdoor and environmental learning center, where children, adults, visitors and local residents can understand humanity’s impact on the world through the stories —and the eyes—of animals.

A $15 million redevelopment that represents the first major capital investment in our region’s zoo in a generation, as well as a commitment to bring in new species from around the world.

To develop a fully sustainable zoo, which accomplishes its mission of providing education about our natural world and conservation while operating with no negative environmental impact.

The Lake Superior Zoological Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible.

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Bear Country Contributors

The initial phase of the Bear Country project, a $4 million new Bear Country exhibit, will be the zoo’s first 100 percent sustainable exhibit, built to consume energy only from renewable resources. Bear Country will:

  • Feature new brown bears from environmentally sensitive parts of the world, with interactive educational displays and information about their habitat, as well as how they can co-exist in healthy ways alongside humans.
  • Be the new centerpiece for delivering the zoo’s mission: Educating our community about stewardship of our natural world and conservation, taught through a better understanding of animals from here and around the globe.
  • Be a model for future attractions at the new zoo, developed in partnership with the City of Duluth and the Lake Superior Zoological Society. The zoo is perfectly positioned—along Kingsbury Creek, between the top of Duluth’s hillside and the St. Louis River estuary into Lake Superior—to serve as a nature teaching center and laboratory.
  • Learn more about the Lake Superior Zoo by downloading our Fact Sheet!


For more information about our future planning, click here!