December “Gift to the Community:” 6 days of free admission, parking at Milwaukee Co. Zoo

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MILWAUKEE — FOX6 and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation are teaming up to bring you Gifts to the Community – unique experiences that highlight the remarkable resources the community has to offer – as we celebrate the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s 100 years of service to the Milwaukee area.

As the grand finale to the Gifts to the Community program, the December gift will feature six (6) days of free admission and parking at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Headlining this amazing gift is the introduction of the Zoo’s newest resident – Asa the snow leopard.  Asa’s journey to Milwaukee began this summer when FOX6 announced the Greater Milwaukee Foundation would help the Zoo acquire two new snow leopards as the July Gift to the Community.  During the final week of December, the entire community is invited to visit the Zoo, meet Asa, and enjoy a variety of special activities all for free!

Where:  Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226   **Parking is FREE**
Date:  Saturday, December 26 – Thursday, December 31, 2015
Hours:  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Special features:

  • Animal Talks – Zoo Pride volunteers at various exhibits will make special presentations to visitors, explaining animals’ daily care, interesting facts and answering questions.
  • Animal Enrichment – Zookeepers will demonstrate the art and science of animal enrichment, the necessary activities to keep Zoo animals engaged and healthy.
  • Ice Carving – Professional ice carvers will demonstrate their unique talent in this seasonal artistic medium with custom sculptures featured throughout the grounds.
  • Craft Projects – Children and guests of all ages are invited to create animal-related crafts and projects.
  • Kohl’s Wild Theater – The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award-winning theater act will present two live entertaining and educational performances per day.
  • Post-a-Hope – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation invites guests of all ages to offer their hopes for the future of the community by participating in a unique “Post-a-Hope” project available at the Zoo at various times throughout the week.  Inspiration and aspirations are welcome!

More information is available at greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/gifts and milwaukeezoo.org or by calling 414-771-3040.

About Greater Milwaukee Foundation

For a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world. Ending 2014 with more than $841 million in assets, it is also among the largest.

Milwaukee County Zoo

Since its beginning in 1892 the Zoo has promoted the appreciation of all animals and supports the conservation of their diverse habitats.  The Zoo has and continues to be a leader in animal management, conservation and research.  It provides a wholesome, recreational environment for visitors young and old.  It is where nature and wonder meet.

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee was established in 1910 as an informal group of community leaders who bought animals and raised funds for the Zoo.  Today it is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

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