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November 29 through December 31, 2017

Giving Tree

The Milwaukee County Zoo is becoming merry and bright this holiday season with the display of the annual “Giving Tree” in the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place, November 29 through December 31.

The “Giving Tree” will be decorated with ornaments featuring an animal enrichment request from the zookeepers, such as a food treat, toy, gift card or monetary donation. Visitors can pick up an ornament to take home and purchase the item listed to help the Zoo’s enrichment program. 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.

Giving TreeThe tree is festively 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. Visitors 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.

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 many different gift ornament suggestions including the following:

  • Gorillas: 15-gallon rubber tubs
  • Orangutans: Spices (dill, cumin, curry, garlic powder, anise, etc.)
  • Aquatic & Reptile: Pacific Produce gift card for tasty treats
  • Tiger Cubs: Kid’s bubble bath
  • Humboldt Penguins: Kong belly flops lobster
  • Ferrets: Marshall hanging ferret hammock – Pirate ship

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