The mission of the Zoological Society is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Lee Walther Kordus
Richard J. Podell
Judy Holz Stathas
Mary Catherine Poker
Billie Jean Smith
2006-2007 ASSOCIATE BOARD Directors
Associate Board President
2006-2007 ZOO PRIDE BOARD Directors
Zoo Pride President
ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY MANAGEMENT STAFF
Chair of the Board ** Associate Board President *** Zoo Pride President
2006-2007 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bob Anger Paul Cadorin Michael G. Carter Dr. Robert M. Davis R. Thomas Dempsey Thomas E. Dyer Richard Glaisner Michael M. Grebe, Jr. Eli Guzniczak Dr. Leander R. Jennings Michael T. Jones Bonnie Joseph Henry Karbiner Karen Peck Katz Kenneth Kerznar Maria Gonzalez Knavel James Kuehn Chris Leutner*** Quinn Martin Jack McKeithan James McKenna Kat Morrow Joel Nettesheim Jill Grootemat Pelisek
Gina Alberts Peter Richard J. Podell Joan Prince, Ph.D. James C. Rowe John Sapp* Barry Sattell Andrew T. Sawyer, Jr. Richard Schmidt Katherine Hust Schrank Judy Holz Stathas Rich Tennessen Karl Theile Mrs. Robert A.Uihlein, Jr. Gregory Wesley Jane Wierzba Ray Wilson**
Honorary Directors William J. Abraham, Jr. John B. Burns William M. Chester, Jr. Stephen M. Dearholt Thomas B. Fifield Richard A. Gallun
Richard D. Gebhardt Edward A. Grede John A. Hazelwood Robert A. Kahlor Ann McNeer Sandi Moomey William G. Moomey Jeff Neuenschwander Philip W. Orth, Jr. Frederick L. Ott Bernard J. Peck Jack Recht Kurt W. Remus, Jr. A.D. Robertson Jay Robertson Richard A. Steinman James A. Taylor John W. Taylor Allen W. Williams, Jr. Paul Wong William C. Wright Bernard C. Ziegler III
President Emeritus Dr. Gil Boese
President/CEO Dr. Robert M. Davis
Beth W. Carona,
Marcia T. Sinner,
Marketing & Membership
Finance/Human Resources Education
Robin Higgins, Vice President
Editor Paula Brookmire
Graphic Designer Marcia T. Sinner
Photographer Richard Brodzeller
Alive Writers Julia Kolker Emilie Rusch Eric Stelpflug
Printer NML Graphics
(unless otherwise noted)
Alive is published in Januar , April and October by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee Count , 10005 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226. Subscription by membership only. Call (414) 258-2333 for information. www.zoosociety.org
Alive Winter 2007
C E O ’s L e t t e r
The Milwaukee County Zoo is a magnificent place anytime of year but especially in winter. On cold days, you can take the kids or grandkids to view their favorite tropical animals displayed in naturalistic settings in the warm indoors. On snowy days, the park is transformed into a winter landscape reminiscent of Wisconsin’s North Woods. This is when it’s a real advantage to be a Zoological Society member. Since you get free admission with your Zoo Pass, it’s easy to visit the Zoo for just an hour or two. That means you can make more visits to see what you really want—or just to go for a walk. Zoo staff do a terrific job keeping the foliage manicured and the walk- ways clear and safe. You can catch a polar bear taking a brisk dip or admire a majestic elk strolling on a hill.
You could spend a few hours on a winter’s day just walking through the Apes of Africa and Primates of the World buildings. The gorillas, bonobos and orangutans are intensely fascinating, and they often interact with visitors, drawing you into their world. Our Zoo Pride volunteers are on hand during winter weekends to give you lots of “inside information” about the animals. Without the crowds of summe , you’ll find it easy to talk with volunteers and to spend time getting to know more about individual animals. Each animal has a distinct personality. If you want to transport yourself back into summe , visit the Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary. The shorebird exhibit makes you feel as if you’re on the beach. The Free Flight Exhibit has the atmosphere of a tropical forest. But if you really prefer winte , visit the king penguins and their chilled exhibit. See pages 22 and 23 for new birds you can view at the Zoo.
The Aquatic & Reptile Center is another indoor marvel of constantly moving creatures. Choose your favorite continent, and you can get a sample of its animals. Africa? Enjoy the Lake Victoria fish. South America? Visit the Amazon River pacu. Asia? View the Chinese alligators. North America? Think of the ones that got away among all the fish in the Zoo’s Lake Wisconsin. For a sampling of what you can see in the ARC, see Kids Alive pages 12 and 13.
This winte , for the first time, you can visit our giraffes indoors. The old giraffe exhibit left visitors exposed to the wind and cold. The new Miller Brewing Company Giraffe Experience opened last July. Its large indoor area allows you to view the gentle giants without any glass barrier—just some wide cables. Other buildings that provide indoor viewing include the Small Mammals Building (where it’s fun to watch the river otters cavort in their pool) and the Australia Building with its “oo” animals: kangaroos and emus (pronounced e-moos).
It’s quicker getting in and out of the Zoo in winter except on event days, such as the Zoo’s Jan. 21 Samson Stomp & Romp sponsored by Gatorade and Pick ‘n Save. So what are you waiting for? Spend your lunch hour at the Zoo. Hey, bring a friend. You’ll discover a refreshing winter world full of warm- weather creatures indoors and cold-loving animals outdoors. Visiting the Zoo year-round gives you the opportunity to see how both the animals and the 200-plus acre park change with the four seasons.
Dr. Bert Davis Chief Executive Officer