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Wildlife Sites and Zoos in Wisconsin

Travel to Madison and you can visit the Henry Vilas Zoo, located along the shores of Lake Wingra. This 28-acre zoo is free to the public and is home to popular attractions, like the Discovery Center/Herpetarium, Primate House, and the Children's Zoo Barn. The zoo is also host to the annual Zoo Fun, a highly anticipated 5K and 10K run/walk that starts and finishes in the zoo.

Animal Haven Zoo & Sanctuary, located in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, is a walk-through zoo with more than 100 animal species, concessions, a playground, and picnic area. Spend some time getting up close with animals like camels, zebras, swans, wallabies, emu, ostrich, rhea, llama, and barnyard animals.

Henry Vilas Zoo

Occupying over 28 acres on the shores of Lake Wingra in Madison, the Henry Vilas Zoo is one of the city's great attractions. Free for everybody, the zoo sees over 500,000 visitors in a year and is owned by the city. It also hosts the annual Zoo Run Run, a 5 K and 10 K run and walk that starts and finishes in the zoo.

Specific, on-site exhibits include the Discovery Center/Herpetarium, Primate House, and the Children's Zoo Barn. The zoo hosts year-round events and specials for kids and the Madison region. The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for some major holidays.

Milwaukee County Zoo

A staple of the city since 1892, the Milwaukee County Zoo is located in Washington Park in the city of Milwaukee. The zoo, formally known as West Park Zoo, started with birds and small mammals. Throughout the years, the zoo has grown to become one of America's finest zoological attractions.

Visitors today will see over 2,275 mammals, fish, amphibians, birds, and reptiles in exhibits like the Humboldt Penguins, Apes of Africa, Japanese macaques, and the aquatic center. While in Milwaukee, enjoy seeing the zoo's animals, summer concerts, workshops, festivals and celebrations.