At the Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, visitors can learn about the hundreds of types of different animals that live there. Housed in natural enclosures and habitats, the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens come from both the local Milwaukee area and from around the world. Guests to the zoo can enjoy dining, vendors, and tours, as well as simply wander the grounds to see the animals that live there.
There are many different types of animals guests can find at the Milwaukee Zoo. These include the leopard shark, the Chinese alligator, The Pacific giant octopus, the king penguin, the ring-tailed lemur, the rhinoceros, hornbill, the western lowland gorilla, the red panda, the two-toed sloth, the North American river otter, the bactrian camel, the snow leopard, the Speke's gazelle, the African elephant, the dell's sheep, the California sea lion, the orangutan, and the vampire bat. Because of the wide variety of animals that call this zoo home, visitors have made this one of the most popular zoos in the area.
All of the animals that live at the zoo are housed in separate and unique enclosures, which closely mimic their natural environments. This is one of the things that the zookeepers stress at this zoo that most zoos do not stress - it is important to keep animals in their natural habitats as much as possible. Therefore, a guest to the zoo can hope to experience life as fully as possible for the animals of the zoo.
The Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens is also a zoo where patrons can learn about the animals by participating in one of the zoo's many educational programs. The have ways to learn about animals for all age levels and welcome school groups and other organizations who want to spend a day at the zoo. While at the zoo, guests or groups can take guided tours of the animals to learn background information about each species and their care at the zoo, take classes about the zoo's animals or conservation and sustainability, or engage in one of the many different interactive activities that are found along the paths to learn more about the animals in that area or the natural environment.
The Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens is open January 2nd through February, and November and December from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Monday's through Fridays, and from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. From March 1st through May 22nd, it is open daily at 9 AM and closes at 4:30 daily. From May 23rd to September 7th, it is open from 9 to 5. From September 8 to October 31, it is open daily from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Because the zoo stresses natural habitats, some of the animals may not be available for viewing during the entire year, or they may be taken out of the public eye a few hours before closing. Interested parties can call the zoo at 414-256-5412 to learn more about the animals, ticket prices, special events, and hours of operation.