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$4 on the 4th of July

The Milwaukee County Zoo Celebrates Independence Day

Yellow-backed duiker, Aria

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Milwaukee County Zoo with $4 admission for all visitors on Thursday, July 4 (parking fee of $12 still applies).


Bring the family for a fun-filled holiday spent with the Zoo’s wildlife. During your visit, be sure to check out the yellow-backed duiker and bongos’ new habitat, the African Forest. Looking for some “older” friends? Stop by the Brick Dinos exhibit, sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets!

The yellow-backed duiker, Aria, and the bongos, Zuri and Sydney, are settling into the African Forest exhibit as part of Adventure Africa. Duikers and bongos are both species of antelope, but are easily distinguishable. A yellow-backed duiker has a distinctive triangle-shaped yellow patch on its back, while the rest of its body is a black-brown color. In contrast, bongos are a chestnut color with several vertical white stripes. Bongos also have two curled horns that they use to dig up food. Aria, Zuri, and Sydney share their exhibit with three new Eastern crested guineafowl. The African Forest exhibit is located on the south end of the Zoo, near the new Elephant Care Center and the Impala Plains.

Brick Dinos is now on display in the Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Building. The interactive exhibit features several species of dinosaurs recreated with LEGOs®, including the Masiokasaurus, which is 13-feet-long. Visitors will also have the opportunity to build their own dinosaurs with the provided LEGOs. The exhibit is $3 per person, after Zoo admission.

The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4. For more information, contact the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Division at 414.256.5466.