The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Milwaukee County Zoo

There'll be lions, tigers and bears, oh my. And, yes they'll be in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee might not be in the tropics, jungle or rain forest but you can get a feel for exotic wildlife without ever leaving town.
The Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., has been a center for animal education and exhilaration since it opened over a century ago.

Originally just a miniature bird and mammal display in Washington Park, the Zoo has continuously expanded, now holding more than 1,800 mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing 350 species.

It wasn't until 1958 that the Zoo moved to the current location, a 200 acre piece of land on the West side of Milwaukee.

With a new location and infinitely more space, the Zoo added the primate building, Monkey Island and Winter Quarters within the first decade. Only a few years later, Grizzly, Polar and Brown Bear dens complimented Feline, Pachyderm, Giraffe, Bird, Small Mammals and Australian Buildings. By the 1970s, a Children's Zoo, Train Shed and Zoo Hospital rounded out a significant size zoo.

Despite the initial growth, additions certainly haven't slowed down.

Since the mid 1980s, we've seen the completion of the Wolf Woods, the Polar Bear and Sea Lion exhibits, the Dairy Complex and the Peck Welcome Center. The $10.7 million primate facility closely replicates the West African rain forest and a 28,000-gallon Pacific Coast Marine Aquarium houses a variety of sharks, fish and salamander species.

In the last 10 years alone, the Zoo boasts a renovated Macaque Island with 27 Japanese macaques and a renovated Feline building alive with jaguars and young African lions. The Children's Zoo has transformed into the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm impressing educational presentations and hands-on learning opportunities.

For the 2009 season, more than 1,000 birds from Australia land for the "Wings From Down Under" exhibit. Species like Eastern Rosellas, Grass Parakeets and Cockatiels migrate to the Milwaukee County Zoo for an impressive display of far and away birds.

It is impressive to say the least. But beyond the Milwaukee County Zoo's local contributions, they've become one of the nation's leaders in endangered species protection. Protector of the endangered Humboldt penguin and a troop of 21 bonobos, the Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) as a commitment to the conservation of endangered species.

"Wings from Down Under" isn't the only new thing at the Zoo this summer. Zoo Ala Carte comes back in late August and the zoo hosts the Great Lakes Bat Festival for the first time.

Throughout the summer, admission to the Zoo is $12.25 for adults, $9.25 for juniors ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and under. If you're a Milwaukee County resident, you receive $1.75 off your admission every day except Wednesday when the resident admission drops to $7 for adults and $4.50 for children. Parking rates apply everyday of the week though; $10 for cars and $14 for buses."


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