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The Lake Superior Zoo's mission is to provide close-up animal experiences which inspire connections to wildlife and action towards conservation in our region and around the world.
Visit fascinating animals from around the world at the Lake Superior Zoo. Situated in Fairmont Park in West Duluth, the zoo sits on over 16½ acres at the base of Spirit Mountain. The rocky hillside, majestic pines and the picturesque Kingsbury Creek, which winds down the hillside through the center of the zoo grounds, makes for an ideal setting for this attraction. The Lake Superior Zoo was started in 1923 by Bert Onsgard, with support from the city of Duluth and the community. The first resident of the zoo was a white-tailed deer named Billy. By late-1920's, the zoo's collection had over 220 animals and has now grown to over 400 animals.