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We Energies Foundation Helps Open Window to the Wild

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is pleased to announce a $750,000 donation from the We Energies Foundation in support of the Window to the Wild Capital Campaign. The Zoological Society and Milwaukee County Zoo are in the midst of a capital campaign that will reimagine the Zoo over the next 25 years. The first phase of the Window to the Wild Capital Campaign is Adventure Africa. This project will transform 25% of the developed footprint of the Zoo and will create new homes for the elephants, African hoofstock, hippos and rhinos. Adventure Africa will be the largest physical change to the Milwaukee County Zoo since its opening in 1961.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is the only zoo within a six-hour drive that houses elephants. Thanks to the generous donation from the We Energies Foundation, guests will be able to watch the magnificent animals from a second floor terrace, called the We Energies Foundation Elephant Overlook. From there, guests will be able to overlook the new elephant exhibit and multi-species hoofstock exhibits. “The We Energies Foundation focuses on creating a brighter future for the communities we serve, and the Zoo is a wonderful example of an organization that makes a positive community impact,” says Beth Straka, vice president of the We Energies Foundation and senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations at WEC Energy Group, the holding company of We Energies. Between the new elephant exhibit and the new African hoofstock exhibits, guests also will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and flowers in the We Energies Foundation African Forest Garden.  

Thanks to the We Energies Foundation, the Zoological Society is closer to its $25 million goal. “We Energies has been and continues to be a great partner of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Their support and commitment will help keep the Zoo a top destination for generations to come,” says Jodi Gibson, Zoological Society president and CEO. The elephant exhibit is expected to open in spring 2019.




The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo.


The We Energies Foundation, established in November 1982, has invested more than $156 million in support of education, economic health, arts and culture, and environmental initiatives across Wisconsin and Michigan. The Foundation strives to create brighter futures for the communities it serves.


For more information, call: Katie Krecklow at 414-258-2333 ext. 222 - July 23, 2018