By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 15, 2022 at 1:04 PM

Ever see those lions counting sheep and sawing wood at the Milwaukee County Zoo and think it might be cool to have a nap, too?

Well, you can camp overnight at the Zoo on one of three nights this summer via Snoze at the Zoo, Aug. 11-13.

This event offers the only opportunity to pitch a tent and catch some zzzzzzzz’s at the Zoo.


Admission is $55 for adults and $35 for children and includes a T-shirt, a movie screening, bubbles, chalk, a picnic dinner followed by s’mores around a campfire, breakfast and zoo admission the next day.

Plus you get to sleep near – but not TOO near – the elk, caribou, bears, seals and other animals. It’s also the rare chance in Wisconsin that a peacock might stroll past your tent.

All proceeds benefit the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

Zoo Pass holders get a discount.

Prefer the comforts of home, with its indoor plumbing and conditioned air? Fret not, you can still support the Zoological Society by taking part in Snooze FOR the Zoo.

For $20 you get a Snooze bag filled with a T-shirt, activity book,
sidewalk chalk, snacks and more.

Use it all to feel like you’re camping in your backyard, basement rec room or bedroom.

Order your bags by July 22 for pickup in August. Again, members get a discount.

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Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.