Zoological Society of Milwaukee
- Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
The Zoological Society of Milwaukee's mission is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo. It is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with 55 full-time and 45 part-time employees who manage daily operations and programs. The Society gives more than $10 million directly to the Zoo each year.
Together, the Zoo and Society serve up to 1.3 million Zoo visitors a year. The Society and Zoo work together to ensure everyone can benefit from the Zoo through free days, targeted school programs, various special events and additional support. Thanks to the vision of community leaders and the generosity of many friends, the Society has invested millions in capital improvements to the Zoo in partnership with Milwaukee County. For example, it has raised $19 million so far in a capital campaign to support Adventure Africa, a new area of the Zoo that will include new elephant, hippo and rhino exhibits. The Society runs an Education Department that serves about 250,000 children and adults a year through school and Scout programs, fee-based classes and camps, and Kohl's Wild Theater, the largest zoo-based theater program in the country. The Society also supports conservation initiatives within its organization and through the Milwaukee County Zoo. The Society has helped fund zookeeper conservation trips that benefit Humboldt penguins, orangutans, giraffes, iguanas and more.
- Gives more than $10 million directly to the Milwaukee County Zoo each year.
- Has raised more than $19M toward a capital campaign to help the Zoo create new exhibits for elephants, hippos & rhinos.
- Education Department serves about 250,000 children and adults a year.
- Operates Kohl's Wild Theater, the country's largest zoo-based theater program.
- Supports the Milwaukee County Zoo through sponsor recruitment, graphic design, IT support, annual appeals and more.
The Zoological Society is located on the Milwaukee County Zoo grounds.