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In August, 1977, the zoo captured two beluga whales in the Churchill River near Hudson's Bay, Canada. The two whales, a male named Big Mouth and a female named Little Girl, were the major attractions when the zoo opened in 1978. In 1984, Big Mouth injured his jaw while chewing on a feeding platform or water pipe; x-rays in May, 1986, showed the infection had moved into the bone. On July 10, 1986, surgery was performed to shorten and reconstruct his jaw. The zoo announced on April 15, 1987 that Big Mouth had developed osteomyelitis, an inoperable acute bone infection, in his left flipper, and would be moved to Sea World in San Diego on April 26, in hopes the natural sea water would aid his recovery. Little Girl, who reacted poorly to being separated from Big Mouth, was also moved. Little Girl died unexpectedly on June 12, 1989 of cardiopulmonary collapse, and Big Mouth was euthanized in June, 1990, due to the spread of his disease. In 1988, the zoo board decided against mounting another whale exhibit.

From the description of Whale files, 1977-1990. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122357921

In 1989, the zoo proposed to raise money by locating a privately-owned amphitheater on zoo property. It was strongly opposed by both the zoo's members and the general public. They cited noise, traffic, crowds, and its possible detrimental effect on the animals. The zoo board tabled its plans for the amphitheater on September 22, 1989.

From the description of Commercial amphitheater files, 1981, 1988-1990. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122474885

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creatorOf Annual reports., 1969-2000. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Minutes and agenda packets., 1969-2005. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Published records and reports, 1964-1997. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Surveys and studies, 1969-2005. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Historical materials, 1967-1998. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Commercial amphitheater files, 1981, 1988-1990. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Annual reports, 1969-2000. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Minutes and agenda packets, 1969-2005. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Whale files, 1977-1990. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Zoo Ride, Inc. (monorail) files, 1975-1986. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Capital construction files., 1975-2001. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Zoo-related organizations files, 1966-2005. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Board files, 1969-2006. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Published records and reports., 1964-1997. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Surveys and studies., 1969-2005. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Board files., 1969-2006. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Capital construction files, 1975-2001. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Historical materials., 1967-1998. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Zoological Society records., 1961-1995. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Photographs and posters, 1977-1979. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Grant files, 1971-1982. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Zoo-related organizations files., 1966-2005. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Zoological Society of Minnesota. Zoological Society records, 1961-1995. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota State Zoological Board. Biennial budgets, 1977-1995. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Minnesota. Attorney General. Public Welfare Division. Litigation files, 1967-1987. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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associatedWith American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. corporateBody
associatedWith American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. corporateBody
associatedWith American Zoo and Aquarium Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Apple Valley (Minn.). City Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Dakota County (Minn.). Board of County Commissioners. corporateBody
associatedWith David H. Scott Consultants, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Davies, Pat. person
associatedWith Davies, Pat. person
associatedWith Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program. corporateBody
associatedWith Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, inc. (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith InterDesign, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith International Species Inventory System. corporateBody
associatedWith International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. corporateBody
associatedWith International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. corporateBody
associatedWith IUCN/SSC Captive Breeding Specialist Group. corporateBody
associatedWith Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area. Zoo Advisory Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Attorney General. Public Welfare Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Zoological Garden corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Zoological Garden. Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Zoological Garden. Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Zoological Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Zoological Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Zoological Society. corporateBody
associatedWith National Humane Education Society (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith PACE Entertainment Group, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Sea World. corporateBody
associatedWith Tilton, John, 1906-. person
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Department of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Office of Endangered Species. corporateBody
associatedWith Universal Mobility, Inc. (UMI). corporateBody
associatedWith World Wildlife Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Zev Buffman Sports, Entertainment and Facility Development Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Zoological Society of Minnesota. corporateBody
associatedWith Zoo Ride, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith ZooTeam, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith ZooTeam, Inc. corporateBody
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