Father’s Day at the Zoo
Sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy
June 15, 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dads get free Zoo admission (parking not included); no coupon necessary.
Zoo gates close 45 minutes before Zoo closes.
Free Zoo admission for Zoological Society members with photo ID.
Milwaukee County parking fee: $12. For information, call (414) 256-5466.
There are many feathered fathers to be found at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The Zoo's two male chestnut teals, for example, recently welcomed offspring. Unlike many dads in the animal kingdom, chestnut teal dads play an active role in child rearing. These dabbling ducks help Mom pick and defend a nest site. What's more, daddy ducks stay with Mom while she incubates the eggs. Male chestnut teals stick around to help defend hatchlings, which are born ready to swim. Dad keeps predators at bay with pecks, or feigns injuries so young ones have a chance to escape danger.
Is your dad your hero, too? Then bring him to the Zoo free of charge on June 15. You can celebrate fathers of all species. Congratulate lion Themba on becoming a grandpa. Njeri, his female offspring who was born at the Zoo in 2011, recently gave birth to five cubs at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Tex. You also can catch a free theater show in the farm area. Behind Macaque Island, touch sting rays at the Zoo's special summer exhibit, Sting Ray & Shark Bay, sponsored by Sendik's Food Markets.
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