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Zoo to Open Additional Animal Buildings
at 25 Percent Capacity

Reticulated giraffes
Reticulated giraffes Desmond, Maya and Marley enjoy tree browse inside the Giraffe building.

Posted October 7, 2020

As part of its transitional reopening, the Milwaukee County Zoo will open two additional animal buildings beginning Friday, Oct. 9: the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country and the Giraffe Building.

In adherence to the current safety guidelines, both buildings will be open at 25 percent capacity, feature designated entrance and exit doors, and allow for one-way visitor traffic and 6 feet of physical distancing.

These buildings continue to be open:

  • Apes of Africa
  • Aquatic & Reptile Center
  • Dairy Barn in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm
  • Elephant Care Center and Conservation Outpost
  • Herb & Nada Mahler Family Aviary
Lioness Patty Sharptooth
One of the Zoo’s new female lionesses, Patty Sharptooth.

All of the regulations in place since the outdoor habitats opened in June will continue, with the safety of visitors, staff and animals as the priority.

Staff and/or specially designed electronic counting devices will monitor the number of visitors in the buildings at any one time. Facial masks are required for visitors, staff and contractors, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Buildings are equipped with hand sanitizer stations, and markers and signage are prominently displayed throughout the Zoo grounds.

Open concession outlets include: the Flamingo Café and Coffee Shop.

The Zoo’s Gift Shop is also open, with limited capacity, as well as the Dino Store at the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit (through Nov. 7).

Jaguar Stella
Jaguar Stella inside the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country.

The Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on attractions and areas currently open for visitors, and a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

The Zoo is dedicated to the well-being and safety of its patrons, staff and animals, and will continue to follow the required guidelines related to COVID-19. Changes to Zoo operations and protocols may occur at any time.

For further questions, please contact the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Department at 414.256.5466.

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