At the new $11 million gorilla exhibit at the Como Zoo in St. Paul, one of the three female gorillas had a pensive pose near the observation glass.

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Family spotlight: "Gorilla Forest," "Wind & Weather"

  • June 8, 2013 - 2:21 PM


This week Como Park Zoo primates have a new “forest” to hang out in. The exhibit has been overhauled to accommodate seven gorillas, six of whom are new to the zoo. The habitat is the largest all-mesh gorilla enclosure in North America. After exploring and learning about gorillas, guests can participate in themed activities. See a story and photo gallery at (1-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul. www.comozoo


The weather hasn’t exactly been cooperative for outdoor springtime activities lately. Get a deeper look into Mother Nature at “Wind & Weather” this weekend at the Bakken Museum. Visitors can see how turbines and windmills work and create your own to take home. Purchase a wind-powered mini-car kit and race others throughout the day. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Free. 3537 Zenith Av. S., Mpls.


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