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Moms Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo for Free on

Mother's Day

Sponsored by Lifeway Foods

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Celebrate mom’s special day with a trip to the Zoo on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10! 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 areas 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 animal 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. event. Orangutan mothers and babies have an incredibly long and close relationship.

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.

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. The Zoo’s concessions department will sell a variety of items made with sustainable palm oil, and sustainable chocolate can also be purchased at the R.S.P.O. booth.

Limited artwork created by our orangutans will be on display and available for purchase. As part of the Milwaukee County Zoo Animal Enrichment Program, our orangutans enjoy opportunities throughout the year to express themselves artistically. These sessions are fun for both the orangutans and their keepers. 

ScarvesCurrently, our orangutans are working with their keepers to create hand-painted silk scarves and wall art. These beautiful pieces of wearable art make unique gifts and will be available for purchase in the Primates of the World building exclusively during the MOM’s event. All proceeds benefit orangutan conservation and rehabilitation. Our orangutans may even choose to demonstrate their role as artistic ambassadors for their species through opportunities to paint and create during the event!

Other activities include coloring a picture of an orangutan mother and baby, and placing it in a display of the rainforest, to symbolize putting these endangered animals back in their habitats.

Children can also create a fun monkey hat to wear during their visit at the Zoo, or guess the correct number of monkey biscuits in a jar to win a prize. 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 Public Affairs Division at 414.771.3040.

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

Lifeway Foods