MN Zoo Appeals To Stay Open For Peanuts By Michael McIntee | July 1, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Click picture to view video of Zoo's court hearingMinnesota’s Zoo is appealing a court ruling that requires it to shut down while there is no state budget agreement. Today Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin heard testimony from the Zoo about keeping it open. The Zoo only gets about 25% of its funds from the state and says it can stay open using money from its concession operation. This is playback of the court hearing earlier today. Hear are the documents the MN Zoo has filed for this hearing.