The Henry Vilas Zoo participates in a variety of wild animal conservation programs. Our Conservation Education Celebrations, which focus on helping save the wild counterparts of the animals at our zoo, are not only fun but also give you the chance to make a difference in the lives of wild animals.
Thank you for joining us for International Polar Bear Day in 2018! Stay tuned for more info on our 2019 event.
Our annual Earth Day Celebration took place on April 22nd. Stay tuned for info about our 2019 event!
Our Big Cat Conservation Day Celebration took place in May. Stay tuned for more info about our 2019 event!
Our Orangutan Caring Day Celebration took place on June 2nd. Stay tuned for info about our 2019 event!
Join us at the zoo on Saturday, June 23rd from 12:30-3:30pm for our first ever World Giraffe Day celebration at the Henry Vilas Zoo! World Giraffe Day is a fun (and important!) initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, celebrated every year around the longest day of the year to raise awareness for our favorite long-necked friends.
Not only is this an event to celebrate these amazing and beloved animals, but is meant to shed light on the challenges giraffe face in the wild. By supporting World Giraffe Day, you can help us support giraffe conservation efforts in the wild to secure a future for these majestic animals in Africa. With less than 90,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, it's time to act NOW!
We will be celebrating with lots of fun and educational activities, including: making enrichment (treats) for our giraffe Wally and Eddie, meeting our giraffe keepers, decorating the zoo in chalk with your very best giraffe drawings, and much more!
To help with our conservation efforts of giraffe in the wild, we are proud to partner with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and their conservation project, Operation Twiga III. On Saturday during our celebration, we will be accepting monetary donations for Operation Twiga as well as donations of hand-held GPS units (Garmin Etrex 10, 20 or 30 or similar) and SD cards (16gb or larger).
This year's International Red Panda Day Celebration will take place on August 26th.
Schedule: 12:30-3:00pm: activity & craft tables in the Red Barn 12:30-3:00pm: merchandise table 12:30pm: red panda enrichment in the red panda outdoor exhibit 1:30pm: red panda keeper chat at the red panda outdoor exhibit 2:00pm: red panda training session at the red panda indoor exhibit
Click here for a Red Panda Day activity book courtesy of the Red Panda Network!
This year's African Penguin Awareness Day Celebration will be held on October 7th from 12:30-3pm!
Schedule: 12:30-1:00 Keeper chat at penguin exhibit 1:00-2:00 Conservation Presentation 2:00-3:00 Penguin Painting Experience ($5/person at Ed Pavilion, one lucky attendee will receive a painting) 3:00 Raffle drawing for personal penguin painting experience and penguin paintings