Vulnerary – Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (St. Paul | MN)

It feels like winter is coming to a conclusion, but in Minnesota, who knows if that’s actually true. I anticipate the possibility of snow until mid June. Nonetheless, the few days of warmer weather have been extremely nice, and good for those of us with Vitamin D deficiencies. (I doubt anyone in the state doesn’t have one during the winter.)

It’s been one of those weeks. The not so great ones. In order to keep my spirits up, I’ve been trying to get out of the house as much as possible. The hermit lifestyle isn’t healthy, especially when dealing with adversity, as I have been lately. I spent a lot of time hiding from the world in my twenties, but I think I’ve finally moved past that.

I decided that my blog needed to revisit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, which was one of my first posts on The Lily Vine. This time, I wasn’t there for a college photography class, and didn’t have restrictions of what to photograph.


This is a smaller zoo than the Minnesota Zoo, but it’s free to visit. (Donations are encouraged.)


Some of the animals look really sad. I wonder if it’s because the spaces where they are housed are too small. Although, I do like to believe that the zoo is protecting them, in some way. Plus, it’s nice to be able to appreciate and be educated on the animals, particularly for children. (They get so excited! It’s so nice to witness the wholesome joy radiating from them.)


Not sure why they give the monkeys paper bags, but they seem to like tearing them up. I guess it’s something to pass the time doing.


I wonder if the tiger that they have is the same one that I saw in 2015. I imagine it is. I remember spending a significant amount of time with that tiger back then and did so this time as well. I have no doubt that my Korean-ness drives that desire for connection.

The tiger paced a lot, which they said was due to patrolling the area, but I wonder if it’s more so a negative result of captivity. However, being able to observe a tiger so closely seems like a rare experience. They’re gorgeous creatures.


With the sun shining, it made a chilly day tolerable to be outdoors.


Although I’m frightened by fish, sometimes they catch my eye. It must be because I relate to the story of The Little Mermaid and Ponyo on such a deep level.


Even though I just mentioned how the weather was tolerable, it was nice to get back indoors and in the tropical-like environment of the conservatory.


It’s divided into several rooms and is actually quite large. It seems like older people enjoy hanging out here regularly, but age aside, it’s a wonderful escape from the winter for everyone. Not to mention, being around so many different plants feels immensely refreshing.


This room is the one that I associate with when I think of the conservatory.


The Winter Flower Show, that has been on since mid-January, is wrapping up this weekend. It was nice to be able to see it before it disappears (despite my distaste for football and this particular Super Bowl year).

You can’t deny, the room is beautifully decked out with blue, purple and pink hued flowers.


It will be great to go back soon and experience the Spring Flower Show, which will have tulips and many other varieties. That starts on March 17th.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103

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