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Giving Tree

Posted December 2014

For the sixth consecutive year, the Milwaukee County Zoo is displaying a special “Giving Tree” in the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place, December 3 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.

Giving Tree ornamentThe “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.

The “Giving Tree” will feature between 150 to 200 different gift ornament suggestions including the following:

  • Gorillas: Herbal fruit tea bags
  • Penguins: Rotating color disco lamp
  • Big Cats: Gift cards for food treats
  • Elephants: 3/8” diamond braid poly rope, 50 feet
  • Potto: Foraging ring
  • Gentoo and Rockhopper Penguins: Gift card for paint

See the complete Wish List for this year’s Giving Tree.