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America's Most-Visited Zoos

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Michael A. Nepper / Milwaukee County Zoo

Go wild for the animals and special events that make these America’s most popular zoos.

No. 17 Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens

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Annual Visitors: 1,266,315

The 200-acre Milwaukee County Zoo cares so much about re-creating the wild that it places predators and prey in the same spaces. Antelopes, zebras, and ostriches coexist near lions, and Thompson’s gazelles stroll past cheetahs’ sight lines. But you won’t see any hunting. Strategically placed dry moats prevent would-be prey from becoming a big cat’s dinner. In recent years, the zoo welcomed a second African elephant and opened a new outdoor facility for its 17 bonobos, renovated its feline building, and completed a new indoor area for three hippos—including a new male named Happy, fresh from the National Zoo in D.C.

Children 2 and under, free all year round; Jan. 1–March  31 and Nov. 1–Dec. 31: ages 3–12, $8.75; adults, $11.75; seniors 60 and up, $10.25; Apr. 1–Oct. 31: ages 3–12, $11.25; adults, $14.25; seniors 60 and up, $13.25; milwaukeezoo.org.

America's Most-Visited Zoos

No. 17 Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens

Annual Visitors: 1,266,315

The 200-acre Milwaukee County Zoo cares so much about re-creating the wild that it places predators and prey in the same spaces. Antelopes, zebras, and ostriches coexist near lions, and Thompson’s gazelles stroll past cheetahs’ sight lines. But you won’t see any hunting. Strategically placed dry moats prevent would-be prey from becoming a big cat’s dinner. In recent years, the zoo welcomed a second African elephant and opened a new outdoor facility for its 17 bonobos, renovated its feline building, and completed a new indoor area for three hippos—including a new male named Happy, fresh from the National Zoo in D.C.

Children 2 and under, free all year round; Jan. 1–March  31 and Nov. 1–Dec. 31: ages 3–12, $8.75; adults, $11.75; seniors 60 and up, $10.25; Apr. 1–Oct. 31: ages 3–12, $11.25; adults, $14.25; seniors 60 and up, $13.25; milwaukeezoo.org.

Michael A. Nepper / Milwaukee County Zoo
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