Platypus Circle

Behind-the-Scenes Tours – Premium

These transferable tours are available to President’s Level Platypus Circle at the $2,500-$4,999 giving level.

Avian Adventure

This tailored tour provides access to some of the world’s rarest birds. Your tour could include: penguin exhibits, incubator room, holding area, brooder room, flamingo facility, off-exhibit birds, aviary winter quarters, and the endangered whooping-crane barn. A zookeeper will offer you a plethora of aviary facts. Ages 12 and older.* Tour requires scheduling a minimum of four weeks in advance.

Cat Quest

Explore the world’s largest to smallest species of the feline family on a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. Your group will discover from a zookeeper how cats are cared for and tour the feline kitchen to learn about the science of cat diets. Hyenas may also be featured in this intriguing excursion. Ages 10 and older.*

Culinary Delight

Did you ever wonder why a giraffe’s tongue is black and not pink? Come on this tour and find out. Feed giraffes from your own hand and see their amazingly long tongues and wispy eyelashes up close! Go to the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm to feed select animals, visit the milking parlor and tour the horse barn. Finally, feed the pacu and Amazon River turtle in the Aquatic & Reptile Center and meet a specialized zookeeper. Ages 10 and older.* Tours beginning at 1 p.m.

Pachyderms Up Close & Personal

Learn how keepers take care of some of the Zoo’s largest animals. This customized tour is guided by an animal-care expert who can share the inside scoop on the Zoo’s pachyderm areas — elephant, hippo and rhino. Emphasis of this tour will be on animal care, training methods and pachyderm enrichment practices. A zookeeper will also discuss species conservation, animal adaptations and
behavior. Tour limited to ages 18 and older.

Penguin Encounter & the Aviary

There’s no denying it: Penguins are among the most charismatic creatures on earth. Learn about penguin behavior, feeding, veterinary care and facilities operation by one of our expert zookeepers. Then get an opportunity to see a keeper hand-feed a colony of penguins. This tailored tour also includes the Herb & Nada Mahler Family Aviary and many off-exhibit areas. Tour limited to four adults ages 18 and older.

Predators and Prey

Did you know that the Milwaukee County Zoo was one of the first Zoos to feature predator/prey exhibits? Enjoy a customized in-depth and up-close encounter with the larger predators and prey species. Led by one of our large-mammal zookeepers, this personalized tour includes big cats, bears, harbor seals, wolves, moose, African antelope and South American mammals. Tour limited to ages 18 and older.

* For safety reasons, children up to age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to the unpredictability of animals, tour experiences may vary. The Zoological Society reserves the right to cancel or modify any tour due to unforeseen circumstances. All participants must abide by staff instructions at all times.

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