Our last adventure of the year, today was a special day. the Greater Milwaukee Foundation gave Wisconsin a free gift for the last week of the year, free admission and parking to the Milwaukee Zoo for all visitors.
We went in and saw many Christmas trees decorated by various groups.The room was filled with them!
Now we went outside to see the exhibits, first were the penguins. They were sure having fun with all the people around watching them.
Our next stop was the Primate house after walking an elevated walkway.
One of my favorite parts was the Mold-O-Rama machine to make you a gorilla souvenir for $20. They are all original machines from the 1960’s. It is an injection mold machine. Let’s see it in action!
And here is my gorilla!
It was a quiet day and it sometimes was hard to see the occupants in this building since many were napping. Tom the Gorilla was enjoying a snack by the window, probably looking at us too.
Their habitat looks very natural and the animals appeared relaxed.
Time go go back outside to see other exhibits, it was raining but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the many visitors or the animals. There was an ice carver who had already carved a bear and had just started another one.
This sea-lion was getting lunch.
A Grizzly Bear was making the rounds too. He appeared to like the rain.
A Polar Bear too, probably wishing it were snowing instead of rain.
These Caribou were enjoying their natural woodland setting. They are not often seen outside of Alaska. Stately creatures!
Next we explored the Small Mammal building which also had some primates, also bats.
We went next door to see the aquatic building with lots of fish from around the world. Enjoy this video made by another visitor to the zoo.
This seemed to be a favorite stop for the many visitors that came. There is of course a large focus on Wisconsin fishing and we learned about how the famous “Friday Fish Fries” began in the dairy state. Fish may not be the first thing to come to mind in the middle of the country, but we do have our freshwater seas, the Great Lakes providing plenty of good eating.
The zoo also emphasizes how important “catch and release” is to sustaining and growing the fish population. My brother Lee Tauchen is a fishing guide and he practices this technique, he rarely eats his catches. He also creates beautiful lures he uses and sells. He would love to take you out on a fishing trip, call him at (608) 444-2180 to set one up with him.
This display of small fish was mesmerizing to watch.
We wanted to see the Aviary but it was closed for renovations.
We had a great visit to the Milwaukee Zoo and hope to return in summer when more is happening. Thanks Greater Milwaukee Foundation for the free week!