Conservation

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.