The Milwaukee County Zoo began in 1882 as a miniature mammal and bird display in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. The display proved to be a very popular attraction, and by the turn of the century it grew to over 800 animals on 23 acres of land.
During the next one hundred years, the Zoo experienced near-constant expansion, moving to a new 200-acre wooded site, now home to over 2,000 animals and 330 species.
FS -Full Screen, SL – Slide Show
The Milwaukee County Zoo will be a zoo of renown with a reputation as a leader in animal management, conservation, research and education within a wholesome recreational environment enjoying the admiration of the citizens of Milwaukee County as well as all zoo guests and other zoos of the world.
The Milwaukee County Zoo will inspire public understanding, support and participation in global conservation of animal species and their environment by creating a unifying bond between our visitors and the living earth and provide an environment for personal renewal and enjoyment for our guests by:
- Contributing to world wide animal management, conservation and research efforts
- Fostering sound physical, psychological and social development for the animal groups in our care
- Sharing our knowledge with the intent to reinforce the human-animal-earth bond
- Improving the quality of our professional development, administration and operating environment
- Striving for the financial self-sufficiency of the organization
- Continuing the public-private partnership with the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County
Zoo harnesses the unique talents and abilities of 125 people, whose job titles range from zookeeper to veterinarian to train engineer. What they all have in common is a professional approach to their work, a friendly smile for our visitors and a great appreciation and respect for our animals.
With more than 2,000 animals, numerous conservation efforts, and more than 1.2 million annual visitors, the Milwaukee County Zoo is a uniquely demanding environment.