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Dromedary camels at Washington Park Washington Park tiger exhibit


The Milwaukee County Zoo began in 1882 as a miniature mammal and bird display in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. The display proved to be a very popular attraction, and by the turn of the century it grew to over 800 animals on 23 acres of land.

During the next one hundred years, the Zoo experienced near-constant expansion, moving to a new 200-acre wooded site, now home to over 2,000 animals and 330 species.

See our 130-year history