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Behind the Scenes Weekend

Sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy

March 14 & 15, 2015

Happy the hippo

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go above the huge Lake Wisconsin Exhibit in the Aquatic & Reptile Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo? During the Zoo’s Behind the Scenes Weekend, sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy, Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, visitors will be able to do just that, plus a whole lot more!

From 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. both days, the Milwaukee County Zoo will provide tours of many Zoo locations not normally open to the public. Behind the Scenes Weekend is designed to give visitors a new perspective and appreciation of the work that takes place “behind closed doors” at the Zoo. Our Zoo Pride volunteers will serve as your tour guides for the day, and they’re happy to answer visitor questions. All tours are free with regular Zoo admission, and highlights will include:

  • Hippos: Hippos are some of the most fascinating (and enormous!) animals at the Zoo.  Learn interesting facts about these African animals, including that young hippos ride piggyback on their mothers in deep water.
  • Small Mammals’ Kitchen: Visit the kitchen where meals are prepared for our small mammal residents, and see the many different types of food they eat.
  • Zoo Train Shop: Talk to our train engineers, sit in a train coach and examine the train engines. Learn about our steam engine and coal powered trains.
  • Elk Barn: How does an elk shed his antlers? What do elk eat? Learn answers to these questions and even more fun facts about these great North American animals.
  • Zoo Commissary: Did you know the Zoo has its very own grocery store on grounds? Tour this unique area to see how food for the animals is stored, and marvel at the huge selection of items!
  • Winter Quarters: Go underground from the Big Cat building and see where our warm-weather animals live during the cold winter months. See our hoof-stock animals in their heated environment.

Due to the nature of some tours, several locations are not handicapped accessible. 

All tours are conducted on a first come, first serve basis. Admission for adults is $11.75, $8.75 for juniors (ages 3-12), $10.25 for seniors (age 60 and over); Parking is $12. Milwaukee County residents with proper identification receive $1.75 off regular Zoo admission.

Special thanks to our Behind the Scenes Weekend sponsor:

Prairie Farms Dairy