No more dolphins at Minnesota Zoo - KMSP-TV

No more dolphins at Minnesota Zoo

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Allie the dolphin (photo courtesy Minnesota Zoo) Allie the dolphin (photo courtesy Minnesota Zoo)
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP) -

There's good news and bad news at the Minnesota Zoo.

The good news? A bonding bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday gives the zoo $4 million for much-needed improvements to the Discovery Bay aquatic exhibit.

The bad news? The Discovery Bay improvements require draining the pools where the dolphins live. That means resident dolphins Allie and Semo will be relocated to other facilities, and the Minnesota Zoo doesn't think it will have a dolphin exhibit in the future.

The zoo said its dolphin-less future is due in part to a low availability of dolphins as well as other development priorities. They're in the process of figuring out what other aquatic animals will be part of Discovery Bay when it reopens.

The Minnesota Zoo plans to announce when Allie and Semo are scheduled to move so zoo guests can say goodbye to their favorite dolphins before they leave.

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