Henry Vilas Zoo

at 702 S Randall Ave, Madison , 53715

One of the few FREE zoos in the country!


Henry Vilas Zoo
702 S Randall Ave
Madison , WI 53715
United States
Contact Phone
P: (608) 266-4732
Website
http://www.vilaszoo.org/

How To Get to Henry Vilas Zoo

Bus

Opening time

  • Mondays: 09:30- 17:00
  • Tuesdays: 09:30- 17:00
  • Wednesdays: 09:30- 17:00
  • Thursdays: 09:30- 17:00
  • Fridays: 09:30- 17:00
  • Saturdays: 09:30- 17:00
  • Sundays: 09:30- 17:00

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Attention zoo visitors! The zoo is closing at 4pm today so that we can set up for the Arctic Adventure event. Thanks for your understanding, and enjoy your visit!

Published on 2015-05-09 14:03:01 GMT

The zoo is closing 1 hour early tomorrow (Saturday 5/9 we're closing at 4pm). Thanks everyone!

Published on 2015-05-08 14:03:01 GMT

Just an FYI: The zoo is closing on Saturday 5/9 at 4pm (1 hour early) so that the zoo can set up for the Arctic Adventure event.

Published on 2015-05-06 20:03:00 GMT

Healthy infant orangutan born at Dane County Henry Vilas Zoo. Stay tuned this morning for details.

Published on 2015-04-23 13:36:00 GMT

We are so excited to introduce our newest zoo addition - Bucky! Thanks so much to everyone who came out for our groundbreaking ceremony this morning! vilaszoo.org/bringbuckyhome

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-18 21:56:55 GMT

If you're planning to visit the zoo today, you're in for a treat! At 10 am we will be breaking ground on our newest exhibit featuring badgers and sandhill cranes - The Wisconsin Heritage Exhibit. (Psst... We may even have an extra special announcement at the groundbreaking ceremony!) The ceremony will take place outside the future exhibit, across from the seals in Arctic Passage. Hope to see you there! vilaszoo.org/bringbuckyhome

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-18 00:00:00 GMT

BDO's ZooGooder volunteer group was hard at work today helping our volunteer landscaping team with mulching and weeding in different parts of the Zoo. Thanks for your great energy and help keeping the Zoo beautiful, BDO!

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-17 22:23:00 GMT

You asked for another opportunity, and we’ve worked hard to meet the needs of all of our guests and offer a range of programming. NEW for 2016 - in addition to our full-day, week-long Zoo Camp program, we are now offering one-time, 1.5 hour-long classes for kids who may have less time (but not less interest!) to spend at the zoo this summer. Learn more about Wild Times classes on Thursdays throughout the summer at: www.vilaszoo.org/wildtimes We look forward to seeing you there! Zoo members receive discounted registration.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-17 19:00:00 GMT

Thanks to the hard-working BMO Harris Bank ZooGooder team that joined us yesterday at Henry Vilas Zoo! We missed capturing the entire team on camera, but here are 6 of the 10 awesome volunteers from BMO Harris Bank locations from around Madison that joined us to do a lot of weeding and heavy lifting to beautify the Zoo.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-15 22:30:00 GMT

We realize that everything is more fun with a buddy, so we've made a special deal for you! Refer a friend to Zoo Camp and both you and your friend will receive 10% off of Zoo Camp registration (limit one per camper; to be processed upon verification of enrollment for both parties). Be sure that your friend names you during Zoo Camp registration to take advantage of this exciting promotion! http://www.vilaszoo.org/zoocamp *Zoo Members receive discounted registration

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-15 14:00:00 GMT

Exhibit update alert! We will be breaking ground on the Wisconsin Heritage Exhibit, featuring our great state's history as well as native Wisconsin animals badgers and sandhill cranes, THIS SATURDAY! Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony across from the seals in Arctic Passage at 10am. We hope to see you there! vilaszoo.org/bringbuckyhome

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-14 20:03:32 GMT

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-13 18:07:00 GMT

Pardon our dust--there is work taking place in the playground area and Arctic Passage. We anticipate that the playground, Green Barn, Red Barn, train, and goat feeding will be closed for a day, possibly two. The good news is that the carousel will still be open during this time! The polar bear yard is anticipated to be closed for the week.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-13 14:00:00 GMT

NEW for 2016 - in addition to our full-day, week-long Zoo Camp program, we are now offering one-time, 1.5 hour-long classes for kids who may have less time (but not less interest!) to spend at the zoo this summer. Learn more about Wild Times classes on Thursdays throughout the summer at: www.vilaszoo.org/wildtimes We look forward to seeing you there! Zoo members receive discounted registration.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-12 19:00:00 GMT

Many thanks to those who made our debut Rendez-Zoo a success! We hope to see you again next year!

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-12 14:42:00 GMT

Don't miss out! Register now for our full-day, full-week summer Zoo Camp program! Campers will go behind-the-scenes, have exclusive animal encounters, and meet the zookeepers! Learn more at: http://www.vilaszoo.org/zoocamp *Zoo members receive discounted registration

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-12 01:09:29 GMT

That's not a Tiger! That's not a Lion! What's going on here? Keepers are trying out some new schedules with our big cats. There may be times when you visit, that a lion may be in the Tiger Yard or a tiger in the Lion Yard. Giving the animals choices and novel spaces is a BIG part of keeping the cats healthy, active and enriched. Our 17 year old Amur tiger seems particularly smitten with the pool under the Lion rock. Thought you'd like to know!

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-10 23:32:56 GMT

We decided to get a little wild with this year's Zoo Run Run and introduce a Predator/Prey theme! Runners will have the choice to register as a lion (predator) or a zebra (prey). Registration is now live and we hope to see you September 25th!

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-10 16:39:32 GMT

Sign up today! vilaszoo.org/zoocamp

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-09 21:30:01 GMT

NEW for 2016 - in addition to our full-day, week-long Zoo Camp program, we are now offering one-time, 1.5 hour-long classes for kids who may have less time (but not less interest!) to spend at the zoo this summer. Learn more about Wild Times classes on Thursdays throughout the summer at: www.vilaszoo.org/wildtimes We look forward to seeing you there! Zoo members receive discounted registration.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-09 17:00:00 GMT

We realize that everything is more fun with a buddy, so we've made a special deal for you! Refer a friend to Zoo Camp and both you and your friend will receive 10% off of Zoo Camp registration (limit one per camper; to be processed upon verification of enrollment for both parties). Be sure that your friend names you during Zoo Camp registration to take advantage of this exciting promotion! http://www.vilaszoo.org/zoocamp *Zoo Members receive discounted registration

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-08 18:35:00 GMT

You asked for another opportunity, and we’ve worked hard to meet the needs of all of our guests and offer a range of programming. NEW for 2016 - in addition to our full-day, week-long Zoo Camp program, we are now offering one-time, 1.5 hour-long classes for kids who may have less time (but not less interest!) to spend at the zoo this summer. Learn more about Wild Times classes on Thursdays throughout the summer at: www.vilaszoo.org/wildtimes We look forward to seeing you there! Zoo members receive discounted registration.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-07 22:20:17 GMT

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-06 20:47:40 GMT

The Henry Vilas Zoo is mourning the loss of George, the 44 year old white rhinoceros, one of its oldest and longest-term residents, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today. “We will miss George,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “He was a beloved member of our community. I want to thank our Henry Vilas Zoo staff for their great care of George over the last 40 years. This is a tremendous loss for our zoo family.” George was one of the ten oldest living white rhinoceros in the North American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos, and had been closely monitored by animal care and veterinary staff during his elder years. Recently it became clear to the animal care staff that it was necessary to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize George due to his deteriorating health and comfort. Beloved by zoo staff and visitors, George arrived at Henry Vilas Zoo in 1976 with female rhinoceros, Gracie and quickly became an iconic resident of the zoo. George was always a favorite amongst staff and visitors due to his engaging personality. After his companion, Gracie passed in 2012 at the age of 42; Henry Vilas Zoo consulted with the Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP) who recommended George to remain a bachelor at the zoo. Adult male white rhinos are solitary in the wild and George continued to enjoy mud baths, lying in the sun and was always happy to spend time with his keepers, especially his primary keeper, Shane Elsinger, who has cared for George for over two decades. White rhinos are found in Africa and typically only live 20-30 years in the wild. All rhino species are facing pressure from unprecedented poaching and there are only about 20,000 white rhinos left in Africa. According to Adam Eyres, the Rhino SSP Chair, “thanks to excellent care in AZA zoos white rhinos have continued to expand their life expectancy from their mid 30’s in the 1990’s to ages more closely related to George’s.” However, George far surpassed even AZA zoo life expectancy due to the excellent care received by Henry Vilas Zoo staff. The zoo has been at the cutting edge of rhino reproductive studies. Partnering with world rhino experts, Henry Vilas Zoo was the first zoo in North America to build a chute to allow reproductive examinations over 15 years ago. “George was an iconic member of our zoo family that over his forty plus years at the zoo connected with millions of visitors including myself as a child in the 1970’s. He and Gracie sparked my desire to work in zoos and help conservation efforts of all animal species.” said Henry Vilas Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz. “He will be sorely missed by us all and was an ambassador for his species. We hope his legacy will live on.” The zoo will continue to work closely with the Rhinoceros SSP on next steps to acquire rhinos for our institution while continuing to spread the message of and support rhino conservation efforts worldwide. To honor the legacy of George the rhino, Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo and Henry Vilas Zoo have announced a “George the Rhino” fund, which will be used to support the International Rhino Foundation and a memorial on zoo grounds. “Henry Vilas Zoo has led two conservation-oriented trips to Tanzania affording local residents the opportunity to connect directly with these majestic animals in the wild” said Friends of the Zoo Executive Director Alison Prange. “The International Rhino Foundation has a direct impact on rhino conservation efforts in Tanzania and across Africa.” If you would like to give a gift in memory of George, please visit vilaszoo.org/donate.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-06 20:46:24 GMT

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-06 19:31:00 GMT

**REMINDER** The Zoo will close at 4 pm for Rendez-Zoo! TONIGHT is the night!! Tickets are still available online or at the door. The party goes on rain or shine! We're looking forward to an amazing, tasty, wildly fun evening and hope you'll join us in supporting your Henry Vilas Zoo.

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-04 18:43:56 GMT

Hope to see you today for our free Orangutan Caring Day event today from 12-2:30pm at the Primate Building! Reminder: The Zoo will close early at 4PM today in preparation for our gala fundraiser tonight, Rendez-Zoo!

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-04 15:31:51 GMT

Join us tomorrow for our free Orangutan Caring Day celebration! Saturday, June 4 from 12-2:30pm, we will be celebrating orangutans and how we can help them at the Primate Building! See you there!

Published Henry Vilas Zoo on 2016-06-04 00:04:55 GMT

Reminder: The Zoo will close early TOMORROW, Saturday, June 4, at 4 PM to prepare for our gala fundraiser, Rendez-Zoo! If you are interested in learning more about this event or would like to join in the festivities, please visit:

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