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The Milwaukee Zoo


12-26-15

Milwaukee Zoo entry

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!

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Now we went outside to see the exhibits, first were the penguins.  They were sure having fun with all the people around watching them.

Milwaukee Zoo beginning

Milwaukee Zoo Penguins

Our next stop was the Primate house after walking an elevated walkway.

Ptimate House at Milwaukee Zoo1

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!

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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.

Tom the Gorilla at Milwaukee Zoo

Their habitat looks very natural and the animals appeared relaxed.

Primate home at Milwaukee Zoo

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.

Ice carver at Milwaukee zoo

This sea-lion was getting lunch.

Sea Lion at Milwaukee Zoo

A Grizzly Bear was making the rounds too. He appeared to like the rain.

Grizzly beat at Milwaukee Zoo

A Polar Bear too, probably wishing it were snowing instead of rain.

Polar bear at Milwaukee Zoo

These Caribou were enjoying their natural woodland setting.  They are not often seen outside of Alaska. Stately creatures!

Caribou at Milwaukee Zoo

Next we explored the Small Mammal building which also had some primates, also bats.

Small Mammal building at Milwaukee Zoo

Small Mammal house at Milwaukeee Zoo

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.

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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.

Friday Fish Fry history

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.

Catch and release

This display of small fish was mesmerizing to watch.

Small fish aquarioum at Milwaukee Zoo

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!

Clock at Milwaukee Zoo

 

 

Madison Westside Celebrates Christmas


11-20-14 and previous visits

Hilldale – 20th Annual Christmas Tree Walk

NO Tree Walk for 2015  😦

Like downtown Madison, the westside of Madison has just as much enthusiasm for the holiday season.  In the daytime we start at Hilldale, a shopping center open since 1961 at the corner of Midvale and University Avenue.  There are not as many trees this year due to construction at the mall which will be completed by 2015. Here is what they had on display.

Christmas Tree Walk Hilldale 1

Christmas Tree Walk 2

There is also a pretty gingerbread cookie display in the Atrium.

Gingerbread Display at Hilldale

On Saturdays in December musical groups come sing to entertain the shoppers.  A friend of our performed with the Yahara River Chorus in 2002. Here they are serenading Santa 🙂

Yahara River Chorus 2002 at Hilldale

 

For even more Christmas trees, the University Avenue Holiday Lights are a must see. Lit every holiday season since 1993, they are a draw to people from all over Madison and beyond. You can now donate  to keep the lights coming back each year. A wonderful tradition!

University Avenue Tree Lights

University Avenue Trees

Happy Holidays from Madison’s Westside!