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The Giving Tree

December 1-31, 2021

Giving Tree
The Giving Tree on display in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.

The Milwaukee County Zoo’s annual “Giving Tree,” decked out with sparkling lights and ornaments with animal wishes is on display in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place through December 31. As an annual holiday tradition, the “Giving Tree” gives Zoo guests the opportunity to give a gift, gift card or monetary donation to their favorite animal.

Giving Tree ornamentThe “Giving Tree” is “a glow” and decorated with handmade paper ornaments featuring animal enrichment requests from the zookeepers ranging from food treats to monetary donations. Visitors can choose any ornament to take home and purchase the item listed. 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.”)

Snow Leopard Asa
Wish List items for snow leopard Asa include Adidas perfume. Part of enrichment stimulates all the animal’s senses -- visual, smell, hearing, taste and touch. Animal care staff may spray perfume in the habitat and on objects to pique Asa’s sense of smell.

The Zoological Society’s Zoo Pride volunteers create the handmade ornaments that adorn the “Giving Tree.” Each ornament features the name of an enrichment item, the name of the animal, the cost, and information on where to purchase.

Visitors can choose an ornament for their favorite animal and either purchase the item themselves, or make a monetary donation, and the Zoo will purchase the item on the visitor’s behalf.

Enrichment is used throughout the year to enhance all aspects of an animal’s welfare by addressing the behavioral, environmental, physical, psychological and social needs of the species.

The “Giving Tree” will feature many different gift suggestions including:

  • Primates: Non-toxic bubbles
  • Snow Leopard Asa: Adidas perfume
  • Family Farm Opossum: Fleece baby blanket
  • Grizzly and Brown Bears: Raw and unsalted no-shell peanuts

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

For more information on the “Giving Tree,” contact the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Department at 414.256.5466.