Sunday Funday: Milwaukee County Zoo

About the Milwaukee County Zoo: The Milwaukee County Zoo began in 1892 as a miniature mammal and bird display in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. The display proved to be a very popular attraction, and by the turn of the century it grew to over 800 animals on 23 acres of land.

During the next one hundred years, the Zoo experienced near-constant expansion, moving to a new 190-acre wooded site, now home to over 2,100 animals and 348 species.

This is a zoo with a reputation as a leader in animal management, conservation, research and education within a wholesome recreational environment enjoying the admiration of the citizens of Milwaukee County as well as all zoo guests and other zoos of the world.

Hours: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost

Let's go to the zoo!

Here in Milwaukee we have a wonderful zoo, filled with the most amazing animals and exhibits. It is such great news that the zoo has reopened and has been taking many precautions in order to ensure everyone's safety during this uncertain time. We had the pleasure of visiting a couple of weeks ago, and even though some parts remain closed there was still so much to do and see, we had such a blast with our families!

To help you better plan your visit, here is a list of the buildings that are currently open:

  • Apes of Africa

  • Aquatic & Reptile Center

  • Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country

  • Giraffe Building

  • Herb & Nada Mahler Family Aviary

  • Dairy Barn in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm

  • Elephant Care Center / Conservation Outpost

Of course the places mentioned above are just the buildings that are open, all of the outside habitats are open and ready to be discovered. There is so much more to explore and see while walking these grounds, we had such a blast and got some great exercise too!

In order for everyone to remain safe and enjoy their time, please take a minute to read about the Zoo Guidelines during this time:

  • All visitors are required to wear masks. When arriving, visitors and their party will be asked if everyone has a mask. A limited quantity of masks is available for purchase at the Gift Shop just past the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.

  • The types of approved face masks include: Cloth face masks with two or more layers of breathable, washable fabric; or disposable face masks, such as non-medical grade paper or procedure masks.  FDA-approved face masks for sign language (ASL or LEP) interpreters.

  • Face masks that are not allowed:  Neck scarves or bandanas, neck gaiters or buffs, winter scarves, face shields, masks with exhalation valves of vents, masks with inappropriate images or writing.

  • A single point of entry will be designated through which all visitors are admitted

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the Zoo, including entry and exit areas, the open animal buildings, playgrounds, restrooms and concession kiosks

  • Because the Zoo is opened limited hours, this allows for extensive commercial-grade pressure washers to clean larger surface areas with a disinfectant additive

  • Zoo visitors (ages 3+) will be required to wear masks. Masks can be purchased through the Zoo’s online Gift Shop or at the Zoo’s Gift Shop

  • All Zoo staff members working directly with the public will be required to wear masks

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