The Minnesota Zoo caught a bit of push back when they announced upon the scheduled maintenance of Discovery Bay, that the beloved dolphins Allie and Semo would need to be moved to alternate locations and following the completion of the Discovery Bay updates the dolphins would not be returning.
This decision is due to multiple reasons including the current age of Allie and Semo, returning the same two dolphins wasn’t an option. The zoo has also explained that a network of zoo’s will generally borrow certain animals from one another to maintain exhibits, and at this point there were no other options to get more dolphins at this time. The only other option would be to capture new dolphins in the wild, which for obvious reasons the zoo was not willing to do, there would no longer be a dolphin show at the Minnesota Zoo.
With the scheduled maintenance imminent, let the farewell tour begin! Between September 1st to the 9th, the Minnesota Zoo will be hosting a “Dolphin Open House,” where visitors will be able to view Allie and Semo in an “informal setting,” while Dolphin Stadium is open. KSTP did a spotlight video on the Dolphin Open House