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Behind the Scenes Weekend

Presented by
Prairie Farms Dairy

March 9-10, 2019
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Behind the Scenes Weekend

Venture into interesting areas not usually open to visitors during the Zoo’s annual special event, Behind the Scenes Weekend, presented by Prairie Farms Dairy, March 9-10.  This weekend, visitors can see the underground enclosures where warm-weather animals live during the winter, learn how food items are prepared for small mammals like the North American river otters and two-toed sloth, and get an up-above and up-close look at the Lake Wisconsin Exhibit in the Aquatic & Reptile Center.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., these areas mentioned, and several others will be open to the public for tours.  All of the locations are designed to give visitors a new appreciation for all the work that takes place “behind closed doors” at the Zoo.

Tour highlights include:

  • Sensory Safari (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
    What would it feel like to reach out and touch one of our animals? Sensory Safari caters to visitors with special needs and features touchable animal mounts.
    Located in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place
  • Elk Barn
    Learn interesting facts about this North American mammal, such as a set of antlers on a mature bull can weigh up to 40 pounds!
  • Winter Quarters
    Many visitors will be surprised to discover an entire warm exhibit area below the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country!  The “underground barn” houses many of our African hoofstock animals who reside here during the winter.
  • Small Mammals’ Kitchen
    See what the Zoo’s tiniest animals eat, and learn about the enrichment (toys!) these animals enjoy most.
  • Giraffes
    Learn interesting facts about the world’s largest terrestrial animal at this tour stop.  You’ll learn why giraffes’ forelegs are longer than their hindlegs and that their “horns” are actually a covering of hair!

Behind the Scenes WeekendSpecially trained Zoo Pride volunteers will be here to answer your questions and serve as tour guides for this popular event.  Guests are encouraged to ask questions!  Due to the nature of some of the locations, several tours are not handicapped accessible.

All tours are included in regular Zoo admission, and are conducted on a first come, first serve basis.  Admission is $13 for adults, juniors (ages 3-12) are $10, seniors (age 60 and over) are $11.50; parking is $12.  Milwaukee County residents with identification will receive $1.75 off regular Zoo admission.

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