Funding Projects

Every year, the Zoological Society raises funds for a project that will support our mission to conserve, educate and support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Capital projects support exhibits, improving visitor engagement and animal enrichment experiences. Conservation or education projects build empathy for wildlife and inspire conservation action. All projects support our mission and partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo. This is an opportunity for supporters to donate in any amount and see the direct result of their giving.

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2021 APPEAL:

H2O For Elephants

Currently, the Zoo’s elephant pool is emptied and filled one day per week to clean it, stop algae growth and remove debris. When this happens Ruth, Brittany and Belle cannot be outdoors; they must stay inside. Our plan is to build a water filtration system for the elephants’ pool.

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Here are the benefits:
  • The “girls” will have outdoor access more often, allowing you to see them enjoy their habitat.
  • Freshwater is important for the elephants to drink, bathe, splash and make mud. (They love to make mud.)
  • To dump and fill the pool requires an entire day; first, it is emptied, cleaned, and then it is refilled.
    That’s an entire day the elephants need to be indoors.
  • The pool holds about 100,000 gallons of water so a filtration system would save the Zoo time, energy and resources. The Zoo could save 3.6 million gallons of water each year. What a great way to put conservation into action.
  • The pool provides hours of enrichment time for the elephants. (Did we mention they like to make mud?)

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Our Previous Appeals

For the past few years, the Zoological Society has raised money to support elements of Adventure Africa, a new section of the Milwaukee County Zoo that encompasses 25% of the Zoo’s developed footprint. The appeals supported enrichment items for elephants, new habitats for African hoofstock and a new hippo habitat that includes underwater viewing. The elephant and hoofstock exhibits opened in 2019, and the hippo exhibit opened in 2020.

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Our Previous Appeals

For the past three years, the Zoological Society has raised money to support elements of Adventure Africa, a new section of the Milwaukee County Zoo that encompasses 25% of the Zoo’s developed footprint. The appeals supported enrichment items for elephants, new habitats for African hoofstock and a new hippo habitat that includes underwater viewing. The elephant and hoofstock exhibits opened in 2019, and the hippo exhibit opened in 2020.

Previous Annual Appeals:

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Donations helped fund zookeeper conservation trips around the globe

Previous Appeals 2015

A renovated and robust red panda yard to encourage outdoor enrichment

Previous Appeals 2014

A fully developed outdoor gorilla yard to enhance their habitat environment

Previous Appeals 2013

The installation of interactive webcams in the elephant, jaguar, and polar bear habitats

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