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The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is celebrating 100 years of service in 2015 by providing the public with unique experiences that showcase the people, places and opportunities that make our community special. These centennial Gifts to the Community are made possible through our donors’ legacy of generosity and the Foundation’s enduring partnerships with nonprofits throughout the region. A new Gift to the Community will be announced each month, emphasizing access and demonstrating appreciation for the remarkable resources greater Milwaukee has to offer.

December Gift  |  Milwaukee County Zoo

Asa snow leopard.jpgThe grand finale to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s centennial Gifts to the Community will feature six days of free admission and parking at the Milwaukee County 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 acquire two new snow leopards for its July Gift to the Community. 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.


Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

*Parking is free


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


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


  • Animal Talks – Zoo Pride volunteers at various exhibits will make special presentations to visitors, explaining animals’ daily care, interesting facts and answering questions.
  • Animal Enrichment – Zookeepers will demonstrate the art and science of animal enrichment, the necessary activities to keep Zoo animals engaged and healthy.
  • Ice Carving – Professional ice carvers will demonstrate their unique talent in this seasonal artistic medium with custom sculptures featured throughout the grounds.
  • Craft Projects – Children and guests of all ages are invited to create animal-related crafts and projects
  • Kohl’s Wild Theater – The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award-winning theater act will present two live entertaining and educational performances per day.
  • Post-a-Hope – The 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. Inspiration and aspirations are welcome!

For more information: 

Phone: 414.771.3040

Web: www.milwaukeezoo.org

Milwaukee County Zoo

ZOO_LOGO_200.jpgSince its beginning in 1892 the Zoo has promoted the appreciation of all animals and supports the conservation of their diverse habitats. The Zoo has and continues to be a leader in animal management, conservation and research. It provides a wholesome, recreational environment for visitors young and old. It is where nature and wonder meet.

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

SOCIETY_LOGO_color_sized.jpgThe Zoological Society of Milwaukee was established in 1910 as an informal group of community leaders who bought animals and raised funds for the Zoo. Today is it is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Be sure to share the exciting news about our Gifts to the Community with family and friends.