Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter at the Zoo

I've really enjoyed the monthly gifts given by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation this year.  It will be sad to see the program end, though they are certainly going out with a huge finale.  Starting the day after Christmas until New Year's Eve, THE ZOO IS FREE!!! Even parking is free! This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and enjoy the animals.  Many will be in their indoor habitats. Others that can't tolerate the cold will not be on display, but there are few.  To find out what animals are where, take a look at the animal list.  I have never been to the zoo during winter, but in fall the animals were full of energy- more so than summer.  We really enjoyed it.  I hope you'll get over to see the animals and the winter decorations.



So what can you expect?  Open hours are 9:30-4:30.  You can plan your visit using the Milwaukee County Zoo website.  

I've copied this from the announcement page.

Features:

  • Animal Talks – Zoo Pride volunteers at various exhibits will make special presentations to visitors, explaining animals’ daily care, interesting facts and answering questions.
  • Animal Enrichment – Zookeepers will demonstrate the art and science of animal enrichment, the necessary activities to keep Zoo animals engaged and healthy.
  • Ice Carving – Professional ice carvers will demonstrate their unique talent in this seasonal artistic medium with custom sculptures featured throughout the grounds.
  • Craft Projects – Children and guests of all ages are invited to create animal-related crafts and projects
  • Kohl’s Wild Theater – The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award-winning theater act will present two live entertaining and educational performances per day.
  • Post-a-Hope – The Foundation invites guests of all ages to offer their hopes for the future of the community by participating in a unique “Post-a-Hope” project available at the Zoo at various times throughout the week. Inspiration and aspirations are welcome!
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