Today's Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Complete Hours

Family Free Day

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Sponsored by Media sponsor
North Shore Bank WITI FOX 6

Advance Reservations Are Not Required
All animal buildings, except for Primates of the World and Small Mammals, are open at 25-percent capacity. Physical distancing guidelines are in place; and all visitors ages 3+ are required to wear masks. Overall attendance is limited at 6,000 guests at any one time. If capacity is reached, additional guests will not be permitted to enter. Longer wait times are anticipated, and we thank you for your patience.

Giraffe Desmond
Giraffe Desmond

Cure your cabin fever with a trip to the Zoo March 6 for Family Free Day! On March 6 the Zoo hosts Family Free Day, sponsored by North Shore Bank and FOX6. All visitors receive FREE admission; the parking fee of $15 remains in effect.

While visiting, be sure to stop to see these popular residents:

Red Pandas

Red Panda Kiki
Red Panda Kiki

Red pandas are adorable, with their masked faces like racoons and rich red fur, they’ve become a favorite among Zoo visitors.

In the wild, red pandas are found in the Himalayas, so they don’t mind the cold Wisconsin winters. Red pandas are adapted to withstand colder temperatures as they have two layers of fur that also covers the bottom of their feet. Red pandas wrap their long, fluffy tail around them like a blanket to stay warm.

Indoor Giraffe Habitat

Giraffe Maya
Giraffe Maya

Meet our tower of reticulated giraffes – there are six! – in their warm indoor habitat. The indoor Giraffe Exhibit allows visitors to get up close with these gentle giants. See adults Bahatika, Marlee, Ziggy and Rahna, and youngsters Desmond (2 years old in July) and Maya (3 years old in May).

Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth; their legs alone are taller than many humans – about 6 feet. They can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances, or cruise at 10 mph over longer distances.

Red River Hogs

Red River Hog Dudley
Red River Hog Dudley

Visit Mort and Dudley in the former indoor Elephant Exhibit as they get comfortable in their new home. The brothers recently arrived from the Dallas Zoo and keepers here comment that both are extremely smart and personable.

Visitors may be able to see the hogs interacting with keepers for special training sessions or lounging under the heat lamps in their habitat – designed to simulate their African homes in the wild.

For further details on the Zoo’s transitional reopening and safety guidelines, click here.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.