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New Zoo II Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign for the 21st Century

U.S. Bank Gathering Place

The U.S. Bank Gathering Place entrance to the Zoo was completed in May 2008.

In 2008, the Zoological Society and Milwaukee County completed a joint $30.5 million New Zoo II Capital Campaign to improve the Zoo. The Society raised a total of $15,513,958 since the campaign started in 2001. Milwaukee County provided the remaining funds as part of this public-private partnership. The Capital Campaign projects and their dates of completion are:

  • 2001: Holz Family Impala Country, with a deck overlooking remodeled yards that bring the African antelope closer to Zoo visitors.
  • 2002: a second Zoo restaurant, called Lakeview Place, on the west side of the Zoo next to Lake Evinrude.
  • 2002: a completely rebuilt Macaque Island and a new indoor home for the Japanese macaque monkeys.
  • 2003: a new Animal Health Center that included the Holz Family Foundation Learning Zone, which teaches visitors about how veterinarians and other specialists care for the Zoo's animals.
  • 2004: an eight-classroom Zoological Society school called the Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center.
  • 2005: the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm.
  • 2005: the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country.
  • 2006: The Miller Brewing Company Giraffe Experience, now called the MillerCoors Giraffe Experience.
  • 2008: the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, a new indoor entrance into the Zoo that replaced an outdoor mall.