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Wild Connections

Wild ConnectionsWe’re excited to offer guests their very own Secret Safari through our new Wild Connections animal encounter program.

These up-close encounters, with a variety of furry, feathered and finned animals, let visitors go nose to whisker with residents like our popular Amur tigers, and eyes to antler with the North American caribou.

You’ll get the inside scoop on what it’s like to care for the animals, their unique adaptations and behaviors and even their favorite foods and treats!

These rare tour opportunities not only let you see some of these magnificent animals in a more personal way, they serve as very real “conservation connections,” helping the Zoo’s animals, and also their counterparts in the wild.

The Zoo both participates in, and supports a variety of animal programs to enhance the wellbeing of at-risk animal populations from around the world.

Make plans now for an up-close connection – our animals are roaring to see you!

Questions? Send us an email: zoo.wildconnections@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Make your reservation today!

A range of tour costs are offered, as well as days and times to make your reservation.

What We’re Doing to Keep Visitors and Staff Safe:

  • Participants will be from the same group.
  • Masks are required for participants 3+, while in any indoor space. Keepers will continue to wear masks indoors.
  • All touched surfaces are thoroughly sanitized before and after each experience.
  • Either handwashing and/or sanitizing is available and encouraged before and after each experience.

Winter 2021-2022 Wild Connections Tours

Mouse Deer Mania

Chevrotaining the masses!

Mouse Deer ManiaWait! Are they mouse or deer? And why are they in the habitat with the birds? All these questions and more will be answered during this exclusive Wild Connections tour that lets you feed one of the smallest and cutest hooved animals in the world! Also called Malayan Chevrotains, our trio of mouse deer are neither true deer or mice, but they are not shy and love to get treats from new friends. Come meet Opal, Rain and Ruby at the end of your visit to the Milwaukee County Zoo!

Giraffe Jamboree

Their Antics Will Have You Giraffing Out Loud

Giraffe JamboreeBack by popular demand! Take a stroll to the Miller Brewing Company Giraffe Experience on this Wild Connections tour that takes you up close with the Zoo’s tallest animals! Meet our reticulated giraffes nose-to-nose and learn how we care for these amazing longnecks. Help us feed our herd an afternoon snack as you hear, from a zookeeper, how to protect these remarkable animals. Find out more about their behaviors, personalities and why their necks are so long! You’ll be shocked to discover how gentle and graceful these giants are up close!

ReindeerReindeer Roundup

Sleigh ‘Hi’ to the Reindeer!

Migrate with us to the West end of the Zoo to learn what it takes to care for our resident reindeer pair. Get close enough to hear the click, click, click of their hooves and feel just how heavy their antlers really are! Then, help us feed Rosie, Kyllikki, and our newest addition Bean their favorite treats, as you learn about their unique adaptations that keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer!

Take Flight Bird Feeding Experience

Inca ternFeed our highest-flying friends!

Take flight with the flock! Join us for this 20-minute Wild Connections experience that lets you be part of feeding time! In the Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary, you’ll meet some of our most playful and colorful residents “up close and personal” – our mustached Inca terns. Learn why their white feathers that resemble a mustache are so important, and what you can do to help them thrive in the wild while feeding them their favorite food – fish! This experience is guaranteed to make a bird lover out of anyone!

Moose Encounter

Be prepared for a wildly a-moosing time!

Moose EncounterBundle up, lace up your boots, and be prepared for the trek to meet our resident moose, Robin, in her private hideaway. On the hike to see Robin behind the Small Mammals building, learn about how animals adapt for the winter weather and why seasonal changes are so important for species like moose. Moose are the largest of the deer species, and once at the barn, you’ll see exactly how big they are while you feed Robin her favorite treats - apples and bananas!