The Milwaukee County Zoo is an AZA-accredited institution which means it meets the highest standards for animal care and welfare. The Zoological Society offers programs that help the Zoo earn their accreditation every five years.
The Zoo meets its educational requirements through the Zoological Society Conservation Education Department. The Society programs reach about 250,000 people a year through its school and youth group programs, classes and camps, and Kohl’s Wild Theater, its conservation-focused theater group.
New standards require zoos to be at the forefront of the conservation of species in the wild. Often it is the conservation partnership between the Zoo and the Zoological Society that enables the Zoo to import certain species for breeding and education purposes.