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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, April 17, 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.

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.

Aug. 23, 2014 - Aug. 23, 2014
Animal Safari, sponsored by Welch's & Pick 'n Save

Your Adventure Awaits Did you know there’s more to the Milwaukee County Zoo than most guests see? Animal sponsors can venture deeper into the Zoo experience at this behind-the-scenes event. Knowledgeable tour guides will take you off the beaten path to discover how keepers groom, feed and entertain the animals at the Zoo. Tours may include: Flamingo building, Aquatic & Reptile Center, Winter Quarters, the Elk Barn and more! Not an animal sponsor? Not a problem! Sponsor an animal or join the Kids Conservation Club* anytime through August 23, and you too will receive an invitation! Tours run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All zoogoers can enjoy animal talks, temporary tattoos and crafts for kids and learn about the Sponsor an Animal program. Tours, however, are open to animal sponsors only. Animal sponsors can also enjoy a kids’ scavenger hunt for a chance to win an animal sponsorship, enter a drawing for a chance to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Humboldt penguin enclosure (it’s usually off-limits to visitors), a complimentary, refreshing root beer float and more! Animal sponsorship packages start at $25.

Sept. 14, 2014 - Sept. 14, 2014
Ride on the Wild Side, sponsored by Wheaton Franciscan - Midwest Spine & Orthopedic Hospital/Wisconsin Heart Hospital and St. Joseph campuses

Ride on the Wild Side is the Zoological Society’s annual bike ride event. Choose from four routes: three distance rides (27 miles, 17 miles and 10 miles) that travel through the Zoo and continue through the Menomonee River Parkway along the Oak Leaf bike trail, and a children’s 2.5-mile Critter Caravan ride through the Zoo. After the ride, all participants can enjoy a picnic lunch after parking their bikes in a secure area. All routes begin and conclude at the Zoo. Your ride entry fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, T-shirt, entry to the Zoo for the entire day and parking. Media sponsors are: News Talk 1130, FM 106.1, The Big 920, Oldies 95.7 and 97.3 RadioNOW. Cost is $85 for a Family of four for Zoological Society members. See our web site for individual pricing and non-member pricing.


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