Winter Instagram Contest


Polar bear Snow LillyWinter at the Milwaukee County Zoo is beautiful. The cool, crisp air and the white, fluffy snow makes your visit to the Zoo a memorable one. Share these moments with us in a winter Instagram contest ( Instagram zoosocietymke)! From Jan. 1 to Feb. 11, post your favorite photos on Instagram with the hashtag #WildWinterMKEZoo and the corresponding hashtag for that week’s theme. Winners from the previous week will be announced on Mondays. Each week’s winner will receive a gift certificate from the Zoological Society that can be put towards Zoo Classes, Zoo Passes, Society fundraising events and more. Check out the themes and rules below:

  • Jan. 1-7: #FlyingHigh #WildWinterMKEZoo
    It might be chilly outside, but in the Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary, things are heating up. Snap some pictures of the colorful birds in action.
  • Jan. 8-14: #MightyMammals #WildWinterMKEZoo
    They may be small, but they’re mighty! Visit the Small Mammals building and send us your best snapshots.
  • Jan. 15-21: #GoBananas #WildWinterMKEZoo
    Swing by the Stearns Family Apes of Africa and Primates of the World buildings to capture the primates and apes “monkeying” around.
  • Jan. 22-28: #JustKeepSwimming #WildWinterMKEZoo
    Escape the Wisconsin cold and visit some more tropical waters. Send us photos of your favorite fish from the Aquatic and Reptile Center.
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 4: #OutdoorPursuits #WildWinterMKEZoo
    Brave the outdoors and capture photos of the animals that enjoy the snow. Brownie points if you include snow in the photo.
  • Feb. 5-11: #Zooventure #WildWinterMKEZoo
    Spend a day at the Milwaukee County Zoo and take photos of you, your friends and family, and/or the animals at your favorite spot at the Zoo.


  1. By entering the contest, you are allowing the Zoological Society of Milwaukee/Milwaukee County Zoo to use your submitted photos for publicity purposes.
  2. Enter as many times as you’d like.
  3. By entering, you’re verifying that you took the photo and have the rights to it.
  4. If you include a person in your photo, make sure to get that person’s permission before submitting it. If there is a child in the photo, get permission from the child’s parent.
  5. Your Instagram account must be set to public in order for us to see your photos. We will not accept photos sent to us by direct message.
  6. You must be following us on Instagram ( Instagram zoosocietymke).