Zollman Zoo looking for meat donations to feed animals

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BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) –  If you’re doing some spring cleaning of your fridge and freezer, there may be another use for old meat you haven’t used.

Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo in Byron relies entirely on donations of raw meat from the public to feed the animals there.

Park staff say that right now, they’re running short on fish and poultry.

For example, the otters eat fish twice a day.

The zoo generally receives donations of freezer burnt meat, roadkill deer, or gophers that farmers have caught.

It cannot accept processed meat or pork.

“What we’re looking for are fish you maybe caught last summer or two summers ago that you didn’t eat, we’ll bring that out,” said Tim Buri, a park technician. “Gophers, meat, if they’re going to butcher a new critter and then they got some stuff that’s in the bottom of their freezer for a while, go ahead and bring that to us because the animals will eat that.”

You can bring any donations to the park while it’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Otherwise, there is a wooden donation box in the park’s maintenance driveway where you can drop meat off at any time.

Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

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