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Additional animal buildings with limited capacity to open at Milwaukee Co. Zoo
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MILWAUKEE — As part of its transitional reopening, the Milwaukee County Zoo opened two additional animal buildings Oct. 9: the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country and the Giraffe Building.

In adherence to the current safety guidelines, both buildings are to be open at 25% capacity, featuring designated entrance and exit doors, and allow for one-way visitor traffic and 6-feet of physical distancing. 

These buildings continue to be open: Apes of Africa; Aquatic and Reptile Center; Dairy Barn in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm; Elephant Care Center and Conservation Outpost; Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary; Big Cats and Giraffe.

All the regulations in place since the outdoor habitats opened in June will continue, with the safety of visitors, staff and animals as the priority.

Staff and/or specially designed electronic counting devices will monitor the number of visitors in the buildings at any one time. Facial masks are required for visitors, staff and contractors, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Buildings are equipped with hand sanitizer stations, and markers and signage are prominently displayed throughout the zoo grounds.

Open concession outlets include: The Flamingo Café and Coffee Shop.

The zoo’s Gift Shop is also open, with limited capacity, as well as the Dino Store at the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit, through Nov. 7.

The zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on attractions and areas currently open for visitors, or for questions, contact the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Department at 414-256-5466 or visit the zoo’s website at