The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s final centennial Gifts to the community was announced Monday, and will feature six days of free access to the Milwaukee County Zoo, headlined by the Zoo’s newest resident – Asa the snow leopard.
Every person visiting the Zoo Saturday, Dec. 26, through Thursday, Dec. 31, will receive free admission and free parking.
Operating hours will be extended for the week, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
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. A young male born in New York, Asa is the first of the big cats to arrive. A female snow leopard from Switzerland is expected to join the Zoo in 2016.
“With most children home from school and with multiple free days from which to choose, we hope as many people as possible include the Zoo in their December plans,” said Ellen Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
A Woodlands Winter theme and a variety of special activities will greet guests of the Zoo during the Foundation’s access days. Highlights include:
- 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.
For questions about the December Gift to the Community, call (414) 771-3040 or visit greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/gifts
for additional information. Milwaukee County Zoo is located at 10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wis.