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The Milwaukee County Zoo's Giving Tree Includes Animal Needs for Enrichment Items

December 1-31, 2015

Giving Tree

For the seventh consecutive year, the Milwaukee County Zoo is displaying a special “Giving Tree” in the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place, December 1 through December 31. Visitors can select an ornament from the tree, which features an animal enrichment request from the zookeepers such as a food treat, toy, gift card or monetary donation. The enrichment is used throughout the year to enhance all aspects of the animal’s welfare by addressing the behavioral, environmental, physical, psychological and social needs of the species.

The “Giving Tree” will be decorated with handmade ornaments created by the Zoological Society’s Zoo Pride volunteers. Each ornament will feature the name of an enrichment item needed, the name of the animal to receive the item, the cost of the item and information as to where the item may be purchased. The public can choose an ornament for their favorite animal and then purchase the item themselves, or make a monetary donation, and the Zoo will purchase the item.

The gifts can be dropped off at the Zoo’s Administration Office in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.  Let the gate attendant know you’re visiting on behalf of the Giving Tree.

Brown bear
Our brown bears enjoy interacting with large rubber barrels as part of their enrichment.
Red panda
Our red panda “wish” for this year includes a ferret log for enrichment.

The “Giving Tree” will feature more than 150 different gift ornament suggestions including the following:

  • Gorillas: 15-gallon rubber tubs
  • Potto: Sticky bone
  • Big Cats: Kid’s bubble bath
  • Kudus and Elands: Peppermint extract
  • Red Panda: Ferret log

See the complete wish list for this year’s Giving Tree.