April 20, 2019
Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.
Zoo Pass members get free Zoo admission with their Zoo Pass and ID. Call 414-256-5466 for details.
Egg Day is a special day for both people and animals. The humans that come to the Zoo can participate in numerous activities. Kids can create and color their very own Easter baskets to carry their goodies. To complete the look, there will be a face painter to paint on a bunny nose and whiskers. The egg hunt is for kids 8 and under. Kids can redeem the eggs they find for sweet treats. You may catch the Easter Bunny hopping around the Zoo taking pictures with kids and families.
The animals at the Zoo also enjoy special Egg Day enrichment items. Many of them go on a “hunt” in their exhibit and find an egg. These eggs are specially made by a group of Zoo Pride volunteers. “It’s a messy project, but it directly benefits the animals as part of their enrichment,” says volunteer Nancy Biesterveld. About eight volunteers make all the eggs for the animals around the Zoo. They start about two weeks before Egg Day by blowing up balloons to different sizes. Next, while wearing gloves and masks to prevent spreading germs to the animals, the volunteers dip ink-free newsprint into flour and water to coat the balloons. They come back a few days later to put on a second coat of the papier-maché. Volunteers can use food coloring or approved wrapping paper to decorate the eggs. “It allows you to be creative, and you can bring out your fun kid side by getting messy.” They can’t use paint, tape or glue because it could harm the animals if they ate it. Once the mixture is dry the volunteers come back for a third day to pop and remove the balloons.
In the end, the volunteers make anywhere between 50 and 75 eggs. The zookeepers grab what they need and put treats inside for the animals to discover and enjoy. While we find it fun to watch the animals find their eggs and look inside, it’s a great example of enrichment. The eggs stimulate their instincts and encourage natural behaviors like foraging. The animals get their eggs at different times of the day so you can see multiple animals enjoy their treats. A program of times and locations is available the day of the event.
Special Offer: Get a free carousel ride during Egg Day with a Woodman’s receipt showing the purchase of any Nesquik product. Bring receipt to carousel ticket booth.