Special project: Water: A to Zoo

The Wizard of the Minnesota Zoo

A transplanted Iowa farm boy with a dive suit and computer maintains the lifeblood of the Minnesota Zoo for resident freshwater and saltwater creatures. Updated Apr. 13, 2011

  • Water is needed in vast amounts to keep the animals and plants thriving at the Minnesota Zoo. It starts in aquifers deep under the city of Apple Valley and ends with Allan Maguire who adds a dash of "Instant Ocean," turns the crank and -- presto -- makes a home where exotic ocean fish and mammals thrive.

Share this series

  • share

    email

Minnesota Zoo's water management system schematic.

  • Water: A to Zoo

    Article By: MARK BOSWELL Publish / Update December 2, 2008 12:15 PM

    Water is needed in vast amounts to keep the animals and plants thriving at the Minnesota Zoo. It starts in aquifers deep under the city of Apple Valley, which turns it into potable water. Entering the zoo’s giant water management system, the water is processed to provide the distinctly different types of water needed for saltwater and freshwater mammals and fish, terrestrial animals and humans. And it must be done ecologically. Here’s a look at four of the biggest arteries of that system:

more from lifestyle

Coverage: Soundset music festival

Check out the Star Tribune's coverage of Soundset, the biggest music festival in Minnesota.

Project: Don't be the office dinosaur

Stay vital in the workplace, even if you're not the youngest employee. Our three-part series shows you how you can adjust your attitude, keep your technical skills up and stay in style.

Project: Midcentury makeovers

Living in a midcentury home? Our three-part series takes a look at how to reinvent houses built in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How do you pass the time while waiting in line?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT