Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons has an eye for wildlife, so it’s no surprise that he recently visited the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley and the Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul. The Minnesota Zoo, which opened in May 1978, is a state agency that has been a destination home to more than 4,700 animals — many endangered — in award-winning exhibits since its opening. The Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory are located in Como Park and are owned by the city of St. Paul and are a division of St. Paul Parks and Recreation. It was established in 1897 with the donation of three deer, and today has 25 animal habitats featuring orangutans, gorillas, giraffes, lions, tigers and more. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.