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Fantastic Forest



Ornaments Are ‘Going Global’ for the Zoological Society’s

Holiday Forest at the Zoo

Tour an indoor forest at the Zoo of 63 evergreen trees decorated with animal ornaments. Each tree features animals from one continent, from Australia to North America. The ornaments are all made by Milwaukee-area children for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Fantastic Forest, sponsored by Hawks Nursery. The forest will be on display in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place entrance atrium at the Milwaukee County Zoo from Dec. 2, 2011, through early January 2012.

As you take your animal world tour, stop at the “giving tree.” Here’s your chance to give special gifts to the Zoo’s animals. The “giving tree” will display ornaments that have wish lists from zookeepers for new animal enrichment “toys.” Enrichment items such as industrial-strength plastic pools and stretchy ropes for swinging help keep animals active and entertained. Visitors can donate or purchase requested items according to the information on the wish lists.

Sixty-three Milwaukee-area youth groups are participating by crafting ornaments of animals that come from all the continents of the world. You’ll see penguins from Antarctica, kangaroos from Australia, European wild boars, bald eagles from North America, iconic African animals, exotic species from South America, panda bears from Asia and more!

What: The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Fantastic Forest, sponsored by Hawks Nursery. Evergreen trees decorated with colorful ornaments of animals from every continent; all made by youth groups.

Location: U.S. Bank Gathering Place at the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee

Time:  See the trees when the Zoo is open, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends, December 2, 2011, through early January 2012 (check the Zoo for special holiday hours).


About the ZSM

The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo.



For more information, call: Jessica Groth at (414) 258-2333 - November 16, 2011