The Milwaukee County Zoo, above all, promotes an appreciation for all animals and supports conservation of their diverse habitats.
The Milwaukee County Zoo will inspire public understanding, support, and participation in global conservation of animal species and their environment by creating a unifying bond between our visitors and the living earth and provide an environment for personal renewal and enjoyment for our guests by:
The Milwaukee County Zoo will be a zoo of renown with a reputation as a leader in animal management, conservation, research, and education within a wholesome recreational environment, enjoying the admiration of the citizens of Milwaukee County as well as all zoo guests and other zoos of the world.
The Milwaukee County Zoo was founded over 130 years ago. That’s almost as old as some Galapagos tortoises!
In 1892, a miniature mammal and bird display in Milwaukee’s Washington Park proved to be a very popular attraction. By the turn of the century, it showcased more than 800 animals on 23 acres of land.
Over the next hundred years, the Milwaukee County Zoo expanded constantly to the 190-acre site home to over 2,100 animals and 330 species we know and love today.