Sponsor an Animal

Udderly Adorable


Since 1987, the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Dairy Complex in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm has been home to the only working dairy farm in the city of Milwaukee. A variety of species including Ayshire, red and white Holstein, black and white Holstein, Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss make up the milking herd. Cows are milked twice a day, and the milk is taken to Clock Shadow Creamery, the only cheese factory in Milwaukee. Here the milk is processed in a variety of cheese products.

June is National Dairy Month. The celebration was created in 1937 as National Milk Month, sponsored by chain stores, to promote drinking milk during a time when cows were turned out to pasture and milk production was at its peak.  In 1939, the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the event and renamed it June Dairy Month. The American Dairy Association took over in 1955 and has developed it into an annual celebration of the dairy industry.

Celebrate Dairy Month by sponsoring the Milwaukee County Zoo’s black and white Holstein cow, Darcy. This udderly adorable limited-time offer is only available through Aug. 31, 2018, or while supplies last.

The $30 sponsorship package includes:

  • An adorable plush-toy Holstein cow
  • A colorful Holstein cow fact sheet
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • An invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors at the Zoo
  • Sponsor recognition on our “All in the Family” donor board for a year
  • A Sponsor an Animal decal
  • A coupon good for a single scoop cone or cup redeemable at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Dairy Store or Coffee Shop

Send your gift anywhere in the continental United States. Shipping and handling included.

Plush-toy cow

Sponsor Darcy the Holstein cow for yourself
Sponsor Darcy the Holstein cow as a gift

If you prefer to mail your order in with a check, print off this convenient order form.

Sponsor an Animal

The tax-deductible portion of this sponsorship is $24. Merchandise included in the package includes 5.6% WI sales tax. Plush-toy & decal offer good while supplies last.

Your contribution may qualify for matching gifts. Please check with your employer. The proceeds from the Sponsor an Animal program support the Zoological Society’s mission. In accordance with WI Statue 440.455, a financial statement of the Zoological Society will be provided upon request.