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Father's Day at the Zoo

Sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chestnut teals
Chestnut teal fathers protect their young. Visit the new additions in the Zoo's Aviary.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is a great place for kids and fathers to spend time together. Enjoy Father’s Day at the Zoo, Sunday, June 15, as Prairie Farms Dairy sponsors Dad’s special day – all Dads receive free admission, no coupon necessary.

New this year: As part of the day’s activities, Prairie Farms Dairy will be offering special milk samplings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while supplies last.

There are many feathered fathers to be found at the Zoo’s Aviary during your visit. The two male chestnut teals, for example, recently welcomed offspring. These dabbling ducks help Mom pick and defend a nest site. Additionally, father ducks stay with Mom while she incubates the eggs.  Male chestnut teals stay near to help defend hatchlings, which are born ready to swim. Dad also keeps predators at bay with pecks, or feigns injuries for young ones to escape danger.

The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Father’s Day. For more information, contact the Zoo’s Public Affairs and Services Division at 414.256.5466.

Special thanks to our Father's Day at the Zoo sponsor:

Prairie Farms Dairy