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Free Week at the Zoo Starts Saturday

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation invites the entire community to enjoy free admission, parking and special activities at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Saturday through the end of the year. The Foundation’s final centennial Gift to the Community includes the chance to see Asa, the Zoo’s new snow leopard, also a gift from the Foundation.

Admission and parking at the zoo will be free Saturday, December 26 through Thursday, December 31. During the free period the zoo will be open from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM.

Highlights at the zoo include: Animal Talks where Zoo Pride volunteers at various exhibits will make special presentations to visitors, explaining animals’ daily care, interesting facts and answering questions. Animal Enrichment where Zookeepers will demonstrate the art and science of animal enrichment, the necessary activities to keep Zoo animals engaged and healthy. Ice Carving where professional ice carvers will demonstrate their unique talent in this seasonal artistic medium with custom sculptures featured throughout the grounds. Craft Projects where children and guests of all ages are invited to create animal-related crafts and projects. Kohl’s Wild Theater where the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award-winning theater act will present two live entertaining and educational performances per day. And Post-a-Hope where guests of all ages are invited to offer their hopes for the future of the community by adding their hope to  a public display in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.

In celebration of its 100th year of service, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has been presenting monthly Gifts to the Community that enable people to experience many of the region’s greatest assets together. These community-wide opportunities have drawn more than a quarter million participants during the last 11 months.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is located at 10001 W. Bluemound Road in Wisconsin.

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