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Midwestern animals then and now: Add color to extinct and endangered animals

biology, earth scienceZoe Harvey, Marketing Communication SpecialistMay 27, 2021

The Minnesota we live in today is filled with lush forests up north, rolling prairies down south, and a surprising amount of biodiversity in urban and rural areas despite our frigid winters.

But there are animals who struggle to survive because of habitat loss, pollution, and climate change.

Minnesota animals, past and present

Meet threatened, endangered, and extinct species that lived in or nearby Minnesota, like the rusty patched bumblebee and the Mosasaur, in six science-packed coloring pages for all ages. You'll learn more about their life cycles, ecosystems, and what you can do to protect the wildlife and landscapes we all share.

Plus, find one big bonus creature from out of town—Titanoboa! This giant snake was too cool not to share. You might recognize it from our Science Superheroes exhibit because Dr. Alex Hastings, Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology, helped discover this gigantic reptile.

Download coloring pages

Once you’re done filling in these on-the-brink animals, we’d love to see your work! Tag us or send us a direct message on social media with your colorful creations.