The Milwaukee County Zoo has begun a phased re-opening process that will allow locals to enjoy and experience the animals while still maintaining safe protocols. None of the animal buildings will be open at this point, but a few snack locations and restrooms will be available. The train, carousel, sky glider and dinosaur exhibit will also be open and an outdoor gift shop is available.
During what they are calling Phase I, the Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The limited hours will allow for more stringent cleaning protocols to ensure visitor safety.
The zoo is limiting the number of people who attend by requiring visitors to purchase timed admission. Visitors choose a date and time and tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets cannot be purchased on site – they must be purchased ahead of time and can be purchased here. Every visitor is required to wear a mask. Those who arrive without one will be provided a paper mask. Hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park, including entry and exit areas, restrooms and concessions.
The last timed entry will be at 1:30 p.m. and even Zoological Society members will need reserve a timed ticket in advance.
Though weather and veterinary procedures can affect daily availability of animals, the zoo says visitors can expect to be able to see elephants, giraffes, tigers, flamingos, caribou, grizzly bears, harbor seals and alpaca, among others.
Though a few food purchasing options will be available, the zoo does allow the carry in of food and drink, though no glass bottles are allowed. The drinking fountains will not be open, though a water bottle filling station will be open for use.
At 190 acres, the zoo offers plenty of outdoor space and opportunity for distancing and offers another option for families to get outside, learn and spend time together while still being safe.