Going Green

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Zoo and SSA, the Zoo’s retail and concessions partner, have taken many steps to reduce their impact on the environment, including:

  • Eliminating the use of plastic bags and switching to reusable name tags in the Zoological Society’s education classes
  • Switching to paper straws instead of plastic in the Zoo’s food areas
  • Less plastic packaging on toys in the gift shops
  • Collecting used cellphones from the public in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place
  • Composting waste from the Zoo’s herbivorous animals
  • A green roof on the Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center
  • Solar panels near the Zoo’s admission booths and Nourish restaurant
  • Rain gardenRain gardens and permeable pavement to reduce the amount of storm water runoff going into the sewer system
  • Bikes that staff can ride around the Zoo instead of driving golf carts
  • And much more! Learn more about sustainability initiatives at the Zoo.