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Moms Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo for Free on

Mother's Day

Sponsored by Lifeway Foods

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Celebrate mom’s special day with a trip to the Zoo on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8! All mothers receive free admission, courtesy of Lifeway Foods, and can enjoy all the Zoo has to offer! Lifeway Foods will also offer free samples, while supplies last.

To bring attention to the crisis facing orangutans in the wild, primate area zookeepers and volunteers will host a special event in the Primates of the World building called “M.O.M.,” (Missing Orangutan Mothers). Activities are designed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of non-sustainable palm oil production on the orangutan’s rainforest habitat, and how we can help conserve the species in the wild. The day will feature children’s activities, conservation information, and craft items for sale to support orangutan rescue and rehabilitation.

Our Zoo partners with other zoos across North America and the world in support of Orangutan Outreach and their annual M.O.M. events. This event draws attention to the incredibly long and close relationship between orangutan mothers and babies.

The Zoo’s Mother’s Day activities will highlight the issues facing wild orangutans, and the need to save their habitats. Shown here: the Zoo’s resident male orangutan, Tom.

Because of the growing demand for palm oil in grocery store products, cosmetics, lotions, and the fast food industry, orangutans are facing extinction in the wild. Their rainforest homes are being wiped out to create palm oil plantations – leaving thousands of orangutans in need of critical medical care, long-term housing, and rehabilitation. Large scale conversion of tropical forests to palm oil plantations has a devastating impact on a huge number of plant and animal species including: Asian elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros and several tiger species. The day’s activities will also address these animal species affected by palm oil plantations.

During the event, learn about sustainable palm oil and see our display with items you can purchase on your next shopping trip. Find out which national brands have joined the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (R.S.P.O.), and which companies may be future participants. See how you can help promote the use of sustainable palm oil and how to know what the source of the oil is in the products you use.

Children can also create a fun monkey mask to wear during their visit at the Zoo. Activities take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and proceeds benefit Orangutan Outreach.

The Zoo is open on Mother’s Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Milwaukee County residents with I.D. receive $1.75 off regular Zoo admission. Regular Zoo admission is $14.25 for adults, $11.25 for children ages 3 to 12, $13.25 for seniors age 60 and over, and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $12.

For more details, call the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Division at 414.256.5466.

Special thanks to our Mother's Day at the Zoo sponsor:

Lifeway Foods