Today's Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Complete Hours

Frosty Free Week

Dec. 27-31, 2021
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Bactrian camels

The month of December is the perfect time to visit the Zoo – to enjoy nature and all the animals that call the Zoo home. And what better week to visit than Frosty Free Week, December 27th through December 31st. As a “thank you” to visitors for their support throughout the year, all guests receive free daytime admission to enjoy all the Zoo has to offer during this tranquil season. Regular parking, concessions and attraction rates apply. (This does not apply to the Zoo’s Wild Lights night event running through December.)

Cheetah Mila
Cheetah Mila watches a few snowflakes fall in the outdoor habitat.

Stop at the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country to see new cheetahs Minnie and Mila. The two sisters, who are 4 years old, arrived from the Caldwell Zoo in Texas, and are settling into their new outdoor habitat.

Minnie and Mila have joined in training sessions with big cat keepers and will eventually participate in their own healthcare – learning to present a body part or stepping on a scale. Zookeepers have noticed that both cheetahs like coming close to the viewing glass, so visitors are treated to an up-close look at these beautiful felines.

Caribou Bean
New caribou Bean explores his habitat.

An animal that enjoys the frosty weather is our newest caribou herd member, a male named Bean. Bean, who will turn 2 years old next April, arrived in the fall, and now lives with the Zoo’s two female caribou, Rosie and Kylie. Rosie is the mother of Kylie, and both are getting accustomed to sharing space with Bean in the habitat. Both male and female caribou grow antlers, while in most other deer species, only the males have antlers. Unlike horns, antlers fall off and grow back larger each year.

The Zoo is open from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2022. For more information, please contact the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Division at 414.256.5466.