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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Milwaukee County Zoo [edit]
10001 W. Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 771-5500
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The Milwaukee County Zoo is considered among the finest in the country. It is situated on 200 wooded acres and is home to approximately 2,500 animals, representing 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates.

The Milwaukee County Zoo hosts more than 20 special events each year including celebrations at Easter, Halloween and the holiday season.

Open 365 days a year, the Zoo is not be be missed, it's the wildest place in town!
Upcoming events

April 25, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Zootastic, sponsored by Grow Hope @SaintA

Late April in Wisconsin is when we switch from winter coats to spring jackets. Many animals shed their natural winter coats in spring, such as Bactrian camels, Dall sheep, and moose. Comparing animal coats is the theme this year at Zootastic, a Zoological Society family fundraising event filled with animals, food, and fun. Sunset is at 7:46 p.m. So there's plenty of light for guests to walk to the giraffe exhibit and compare Rahna's light-colored coat to Marlee's much darker spotted coat. Or visit the big cats and compare snow leopard spots to jaguar spots. Get insider facts from Zoo staff and volunteers. Kids can create animal-themed crafts. Everyone can indulge in cheesy Palermo's® Pizza and an ice cream sundae from the make-your-own sundae bar. Dance past dusk to a kid-friendly DJ. Commemorate the night with a collectible family photo. All guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $75 for a family of four. You must pre-register.

May 15, 2014 - May 17, 2014
Art's Cameras Wildlife Photography Workshop & Zoo Shoot

A very special workshop and shooting opportunity, presented by Tamron. This 3-day interactive workshop begins with a 2 hour class, which will cover techniques to improve your photos in nature. We’ll discuss lighting, composition, exposure tricks, and which lenses to use in order to turn those nice snapshots into fantastic images. Then, on Saturday, we’ll meet at the Milwaukee County Zoo (parking and admission is included) for a day of shooting all the exhibits. LOANER LENSES PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE, COURTESY OF TAMRON. In the final workshop session, on the following week, you can present your best images for review in a lively critique session in which we’ll discuss the composition, lighting and techniques used to capture the shots. We’ll exchange ideas on what worked and what could have been done to improve the shot. Following the critique session, you can submit your best images to our Zoo Photo Contest. Grand prize for the Zoo Photo Contest will be a Tamron 70-300mm lens, valued at $450! Other great prizes will be awarded for 2nd-5th place.

May 16, 2014
Grace Christian Academy’s 20th Anniversary Dinner Auction

Join us at the Peck Welcome Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo 10001 West Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226 Friday, May 16, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30 Silent Auction with Dinner and Live Auction to follow Call 414-327-4200 before Wednesday, May 7th to reserve your tickets. Tickets: $60 (Staff/Alumni $50) Table of Eight: $400 Door Prizes, Live Music, and Hors d'oeuvres during the Silent Auction. Hundreds of Items to bid on! A devotional on Remembrance followed by a wonderful meal and then a lively and entertaining Live Auction! Already there are some really nice items that have been donated by area businesses and individuals. . ***Pro Sports Fan Getaway: Choose Your Favorite Regular Season MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, or PGA Event with 2-Night Weekend Stay at Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, Wyndham or comparable. Round-trip Airfare for 2 - Retail value up to $5080 ***Girlfriends Ultimate New York City Shopping Getaway… Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Spree in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, 3-Night Stay at the Grand Hyatt on Park Avenue and Airfare for 2 - Retail Value up to $6565 ***Toes in the Sand Getaway... One Week stay at a Two-Bedroom Beachfront Condo in South Padre Island, TX ***Disney Hopper Tickets, Food, Sports Items, Theater, Baby Baskets, Jewelry, Health and Beauty, Cakes, and Birthday Parties and much more! Items added every week at

June 28, 2014 - June 29, 2014
Zoo Ball, sponsored by Manpower Group & Everett Smith Group

Now in its 31st year, this black-tie fund-raiser, featuring fine dining, entertainment on three stages, outstanding auction items, superb entertainment, and late-night beverages and cigars, has raised more than $8 million for the non-profit Zoological Society. The dining venues are supported by U.S. Bank and entertainment is sponsored by Johnson Controls, Inc. The event's multi-pronged auction will feature prizes such as Zoo behind-the-scenes opportunities, sports tickets and exciting vacation packages. Please consider joining us as a sponsor. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or corporate tables, please contact Laura at 414-258-2333. For Additional Information For an invitation or additional information, please contact the Zoological Society Special Events department at (414) 258-2333. Prices start at $300 per person.

Aug. 6, 2014 - Aug. 10, 2014
Snooze at the Zoo, sponsored by Old Orchard Brands & Sentry Foods

Share the night sky with a wild bunch! This Zoological Society special event offers a safe, fun, educational overnight family camping experience. •Enjoy a picnic buffet dinner on the shore of the Zoo's Lake Evinrude •Huddle around the campfire and stop at the s'more station, sponsored by The Sleep Wellness Institute •Spend a cozy night in your sleeping bag listening to the sounds of the Zoo •Enjoy a continental breakfast, and then spend the remainder of the day at the Zoo Zoological Society members and non-members can choose Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday night to attend. Your night at the Zoo begins with registration at 5:00 p.m., giving you time to check in, set up camp and eat dinner before the evening's activities begin. Cost: $135 for a Family of four for Zoological Society members. See website for individual prices and non-member prices. Pre-registration is required.

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