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Welcome to the Milwaukee County Zoo

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Two weekends ago, we went to the Milwaukee County Zoo (it was a free day!). I love the zoo because it’s always an educational experience. Definitely in the “real” education sense, but also in the “OMG WTF is wrong with people” sense.

Hey zoo, hey!

Hey zoo, hey!

We learned quite a lot on this trip. Here are some of the completely true facts we learned while at the zoo:

-That polar bear we watched laze around on some rocks was, in fact, not actually there. Because, according to the group of teenagers behind us, polar bears are extinct. Did you know that? Me neither.

-Our extinct polar bear friends swing their heads back and forth to get a better lock on the scent of food. This one didn’t though. As the woman next to us told her husband, “he’s dancing!” I wonder what kind of music the bears enjoy.

-We waited for a solid half hour to watch the river otters have lunch, mainly because I freaking love otters. Little did we know, I had actually been directing my affection to the wrong animal, because like the mother next to us told her children – those otters are actually seals! I had no idea.

There appears to be some misinformation floating around the animal park. But that’s definitely not the zoo’s fault. Everything at the Milwaukee County Zoo is labeled impeccably. Even animals temporarily housed in a different area are labeled. In fact, signage is so abundant that I’d like to share some photos of the more unique ones. Check these out.

Ok, I know this is true, but I just think it's hilarious.

Ok, I know this is true, but I just think it’s hilarious.

This made me feel right at home. Wait, what?

This made me feel right at home. Wait, what?

This is serious business. Geese are incredibly mean feathered jerks. If you live around here and you haven't been bullied by an angry goose, I envy you.

This is serious business. Geese are incredibly mean feathered jerks. If you live around here and you haven’t been bullied by an angry goose, I envy you.

The Milwaukee County Zoo has a pretty high rating on the list-of-awesome-zoos scale, and it’s well deserved. The scenery is beautiful. The facilities are clean and top-notch. The range of animals is extensive – and some of them like to show-off for visitors, like this active little guy in the otter tank.

Ain’t he cute? Irresistible, I think.

Plan Your Visit
Address: 10001 West Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee
Phone:
414.256.5412
Website: www.milwaukeezoo.org
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $14.25; Juniors (ages 3 to 12) $11.25; Children (2 and under) FREE; Seniors (age 60 and over) $13.25
Parking: Ample parking in the lot for $12

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Author: Jennifer Billock

I am the co-owner and editor of Metro Milwaukee Guide. I'm also a freelance writer and editor! Check out my website at www.jenniferbillock.com.

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