Anatomy of the Zoo


The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the area's most popular attractions for families and animal lovers of all ages. Over 3,000 creatures from around the world make their home here, and there's always something new to explore!
Bear Garden
Milwaukee is known for its beer gardens, and now you can enjoy a brew at the Zoo! Located across from the grizzly bear exhibit is the new “Bear Garden,” featuring rotating beers, ice cream floats, pretzels, and more.

The Milwaukee County Zoo has received three new western lowland gorillas from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Male silverback, Oliver, and females Nadami and Dotty, are slowly being acclimated to their new home and will be transferred to their on-exhibit habits later this summer. 

The Zoo's two resident male gorillas, brothers Maji and Hodari ,won’t be introduced to Oliver’s troop just yet. 

Red River Hogs
Two male red river hogs, Mort and Dudley, recently arrived from the Dallas Zoo. The brothers are both 5 years old and on display in their outdoor habitat during spring and summer months. 

Hippo Haven 
The popular "Adventure Africa" exhibit has been renovated again to include a new home for hippos Patti and Happy.  The new Hippo Haven also includes an underwater viewing tank and  play area for photo ops.

The previous enhancement to this exhibit was in 2019 to create a larger elephant habitat for resident elephants Ruth, Brittany and Belle. The Milwaukee County Zoo is the only zoo within a four-hour drive with an elephant exhibit ​and one of only 12 zoos in the U.S. to offer underwater viewing of hippos. 

Feeding Time
Did you know a giraffe’s tongue can be up to 20 inches long? See it up close when you purchase a ticket for the MillerCoors Giraffe Experience and feed them right out of your hand. 

Farm Animals
Meet your favorite farm animals at the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm. From cows that provide milk for the cheese curds at Clock Shadow Creamery to baby goats that the kids can hand-feed. The large playground is also a favorite attraction for both little and big kids. 

Safari Train
The most fun way to get around the zoo is by train. Hop aboard the North Shore Bank Zoofari Express to give your feet a break and ride the 1.25-mile loop past the animal exhibits. 

Sea Lions & Seals
Can you tell the difference? Learn how at the interactive Oceans of Fun Seal & Sea Lion Show, which brings you up close and personal with these maritime mammals.