Today's Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Complete Hours

Free Admission & Parking for All Zoo Visitors

December 26-31, 2015
Courtesy of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Polar bear, Snow Lilly

The grand finale to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s centennial Gifts to the Community will feature six days of free access to the Zoo, headlined by the Zoo’s newest resident – Asa, the snow leopard. Asa’s journey to Milwaukee began this summer when the Foundation announced it would help the Zoo to acquire two new snow leopards for its July Gift to the Community. Asa is the first to arrive, with the second snow leopard scheduled to be at the Zoo sometime in 2016.

In the final week of December, the entire community is invited to visit the Zoo (and Asa) for free as well as participate in a variety of special activities.

Snow leopard, Asa
Meet the Zoo’s new snow leopard, Asa, during Free Access Week at the Zoo.


The Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 West Bluemound Road

*Parking is Free


Saturday, Dec. 26 – Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015


9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Daily Features:

  • MooseANIMAL TALKS: Zoo Pride volunteers at various exhibits will make special presentations to visitors, explaining animals’ daily care, interesting facts and answering questions.

    10:30 a.m. – Moose
    11:30 a.m. – Elk
    12:30 p.m. – Polar Bear

  • ANIMAL ENRICHMENT: Zookeepers will demonstrate the art and science of animal enrichment, the necessary activities to keep Zoo animals engaged and healthy. Animals and times to be determined.

  • ICE CARVING: Professional ice carvers will demonstrate their unique talent in this seasonal artistic medium with custom sculptures featured throughout the grounds. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • CRAFT PROJECTS: Children and guests of all ages are invited to create animal-related crafts and projects. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Woodlands Mask: Guests can make their own mask
    Woodlands Coloring: Guests can color a giant coloring sheet of the animals in the Zoo’s woods
    Animal Tracks: Learn about and make animal tracks
    Antlers: Guests can get their own antler headbands to wear and learn about antlers from Zoo animals

  • KOHL’S WILD THEATER: The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award-winning theater act will present two live entertaining and educational performances per day. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

  • POST-A-HOPE: The Greater Milwaukee Foundation invites guests of all ages to offer their hopes for the future of the community by participating in a unique “Post-a-Hope” project available at the Zoo at various times throughout the week. Inspirations and aspirations are welcome! Dec. 28 – Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on the week’s activities, please call the Zoo at: 414.771.3040