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Happy Birthday to Zoo!


Posted February 2017

The year 2017 will be filled with special activities and fun, as the Milwaukee County Zoo celebrates its 125th anniversary!  The Zoo has a long and rich history beginning with its inception in 1892.  To mark this significant milestone, a variety of activities will be offered to visitors to commemorate the lasting effects the Zoo has had on the Milwaukee community…and beyond!

125th Anniversary Video

Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up in 2017:

  • A Historical Safari
    Journey from 1892 to present day as the Zoo’s historic timeline is displayed with photos,
    stories and descriptions of important events spanning 125 years.
  • Familiar Faces
    It’s all about the animals as you browse through special photo displays in the Front Entrance Mall,  the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, Flamingo Café and Lakeview Place giving recognition to the most iconic residents to call the Zoo home.
  • Roll-Back Weekends
    Over two designated weekends, take a trip back in time and enjoy a special menu item offered at 1892 prices!
  • What’s a Party without a Cake?
    Have your photo taken with our giant (9-feet tall!) commemorative cake, complete with animal-print frosting and some of the Zoo’s signature species adorning this “almost real enough to eat” towering treat!  Stay tuned for real sweet treats to celebrate the anniversary in July!
  • Zoomobile Tour
    Hop aboard our Zoombile tram, sponsored by Meijer, and reminisce with new facts and trivia highlighting our storied history.
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane
    Share your favorite Zoo memory on our Memory Board during Behind the Scenes Weekend (March 11 and 12), and reminisce with fellow Zoo visitors!
  • Prize Patrol!
    For 125 days at 1:25 p.m., a lucky visitor will be chosen by our “Prize Patrol” to receive exciting giveaways, such as free tickets for the North Shore Bank Safari Train, Oceans of Fun Seal & Sea Lion Show, free concessions items or even Zoo merchandise from Karibu Gift Shop!
  • Official 125th Anniversary Party
    Our main bash will be held Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., when we celebrate our 125th anniversary by entertaining guests with live music, activities, special treats and more!  Stay tuned for more details!
  • A Sight to Behold
    Enjoy special aesthetic features around the Zoo grounds, such as stunning floral designs created by our Horticulture Department, special pumpkin displays during our Halloween events and festive ice carvings during the holiday season.
  • Social Media Contests Galore!
    Be on the lookout for numerous social media contests throughout the year, in which we will award great prizes like 125 free admissions to the Zoo!

Birthday Wishes from Our Animals!

Want to get an extra special birthday gift for your favorite Zoo animal?  Consider purchasing one of the items listed below, which our animals have been wishing for for quite a while!  

Big Cats:


North America:


Family Farm:

Photo Gallery

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