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Welcome to the Milwaukee County Zoo!

What to Expect When You Visit

The Zoo’s outdoor habitats are currently open, along with animal buildings (except the Aviary which is temporarily closed). Please see this article and these FAQs for complete information.

In response to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) having moved Milwaukee County into its “High” risk classification, visitors are now required to wear masks inside all Zoo buildings beginning May 23. Milwaukee County Zoo employees who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks when interacting with the public. Physical distancing is still recommended.

Like so many other institutions, the Zoo is facing a significant staff shortage, which may result in some amenities not being available, limited menu items in concession areas, and fewer attractions offered. We’re doing our best to offer as rich of an experience as possible for visitors.

Admission rates remain the same, as your visit directly supports the Milwaukee County Zoo – its animals, special exhibits, and conservation programs, as well as its respected place in the community. The Zoo continues to serve as a cultural asset and resource for all who visit.

For the safety of the Zoo’s avian population and out of an abundance of caution, the Zoo’s Aviary and Humboldt Penguin habitat are temporarily closed. The USDA has identified cases of avian influenza in Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is proud to host the Elephant Managers Association (EMA) 43rd Annual Conference Oct. 10-14, 2022.

Conference attendance is for elephant professionals only. Click here for details, hotel reservations, and to register.

Stay Safe MKE


Planning A Zoo Visit: Here’s What You Need to Know

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is here as the Zoo’s outdoor habitats are open, along with all animal buildings at 100% capacity (except the Aviary which is temporarily closed).


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