Lake Superior Zoo is celebrating a century

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The Lake Superior Zoo is celebrating its 100th Birthday. It’s the 19th oldest zoo in the United States, and with that comes a lot of History.

Haley Hedstrom, the Executive Director, tells us her favorite bit of history is Mr. Magoo the Mongoose. She explains, “He has a bit of cult following online.”

“He was a stowaway on a ship from India.” As an invasive species, he would’ve been sentenced to death but was pardon by President John F. Kennedy.

You can still see a taxidermized Mr. Magoo at the Lake Superior Zoo.

The 100 years all culminates at this year’s Zoo La Palooza. It’s a centennial Birthday Party.

The free event is Friday, July 21 from 6 – 9 p.m.. Those with a paid V.I.P admission can get early admission at 5 p.m. and get early access to parking, alongside a behind the scenes tour and animal feeding experiences.

Also expect a food trucks, music of Babie Eyes, free cake, a dunk tank, and surprise guests.

There’s a fundraising aspect to the day, people can buy raffle tickets to win certificates to Mr. D.’s, Skin Deep Tattoo in Superior, and the zoo. Plus, a patio set and a grill.

You can also support the zoo by buying V.I.P. wristbands and donate at the dunk tank.

They ask that you RSVP before hand on their website.