Capital Improvements Master Plan. With Your Help We Can Create The Future

New Animal Health Center

New Animal Health Center

The new Animal Health Center provides staff with state-of-the-art equipment, a laboratory, sterile surgery rooms, an X-ray room, a pharmacy, treatment rooms, quarantine areas, a library and offices. It also includes new outdoor animal quarantine areas large enough to hold a two-humped camel.

The new 18,000-square-foot Animal Health Center features the Holz Family Foundation Learning Zone designed by the Zoological Society Creative Department and made possible with a major gift from the Jerry and Dorothy Holz Family Foundation. This interactive area allows visitors to explore medical diagnosis, animal heartbeats, and health exams for the Zoo’s animals. The area includes a public viewing area allowing you to look directly into the surgery and treatment areas. Signage, a diorama, displays and a video provide information on what veterinarians and other health-care providers do at the Zoo.

The New Zoo II Capital Campaign includes the following projects:

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New Animal Health Center
Macaque Island
The Miller Brewing Company Giraffe Experience
Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country
Holz Family Impala Country


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The Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center
The U.S. Bank Gathering Place Center
Northwestern Mutual Family Farm
The New Lakeview Place Restaurant

 

Macaque Island

Monkey IslandMacaque Island (formerly called Monkey Island) is a longtime favorite of Zoo visitors. The remodeled exhibit features a covered observation deck that puts visitors and staff closer to the monkeys on a shaded overlook filled with benches. Here you can discover what it feels like to be a field scientist, sitting for minutes or hours watching the antics and social dynamics of the Japanese macaques. The new off-scenes monkey quarters allow the animals to go indoors whenever they want. The indoor area corrects previous infrastructure concerns, making it easier for zookeepers to care for the monkeys and watch for any health problems.

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Our vision is to create an even more exciting, engaging experience for all Zoo visitors and to move the education and conservation programs forward. We are asking for your support in helping us to ensure that future generations will have an interactive, educational, and enjoyable Zoo environment.

Dr. Gil Boese
President emeritus of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee


The Miller Brewing Company Giraffe Experience

The African Experience

The most exciting part of the new exhibit is the wooden deck that allows you to venture into the giraffe yard at the height of the animals. At the end of this deck is a feeding platform from which a limited number of Zoo visitors can feed the giraffes (for a fee) during the summer season. The renovation also has enlarged the giraffes’ yard, created an enriching and naturalistic environment, and improved the behind-the-scenes areas, making it easier for zookeepers to care for these tallest of Zoo animals. A new, heated indoor exhibit area with skylights means zoogoers can visit the giraffes in winter in comfort rather than brave chilly winds in the previous weather-exposed viewing area. The indoor exhibit no longer has a glass wall separating visitors from the giraffes – just a cable fence and a railing. The exhibit also features a video showing how a giraffe is born, how the animals are moved in and out of the building, and how staff do health exams.

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Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country
Big Cat CountryThe new building features a flowing walkway through new exhibits and expanded areas for African predators such as lions, cheetahs and hyenas. A Siberian forest exhibit lets you get within inches of the world’s largest cat: the Amur (Siberian) tiger. A rain-forest exhibit allows you to view the Central American jaguar in the type of habitat it loves. And an outdoor snow-leopard yard gives you the feel of the rocky expanses where these gorgeous creatures reside. We've created more stimulating animal habitats, which will encourage breeding among these highly endangered animals.

The outdoor area at the south end of the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country features not only the snow-leopard exhibit but also gardens, the Birch Creek Trail, a red-panda exhibit and sculptures of Florence Mila Borchert and her son, Bill Borchert Larson, who made the major gift to the feline building. The experience—both indoors and out—is of getting back to nature. The animals are in more natural settings, and you are separated from them by only a layer of glass, allowing you to come nose to nose with the cats.

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Holz Family Impala CountryCompleted

Holz Family Impala CountryStroll out over an African savanna and watch graceful impalas and gazelles graze. With a new observation deck that extends right into the impala and bongo yards, zoogoers can get a much closer view of these antelope. Thanks to the Jerry and Dorothy Holz Family Foundation, visitors can feel almost as if they are on safari. The left (south) side of the observation deck has a thatched roof from which you can observe the Zoo’s bongos (large, forest-dwelling antelope). The right (north) side of the deck overlooks the smaller, grassland antelope: impalas and gazelles, which often leap around their savanna or butt into large tortoises sharing the space.

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