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August 2019

Orangutan

International Orangutan Day

August 19, 2019
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

In order to show our love for orangutans, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, every year! Come learn about how you can help wild orangutans by purchasing orangutan-friendly, sustainably farmed palm oil (get the free app at www.cmzoo.org/palmoil). Come hang out with our redheads for orangutan keeper chats, training and enrichment demonstrations and more!

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September 2019

International Red Panda Day

September 21, 2019
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Join us in celebrating one of our most beloved animals here at the zoo... the red panda!   International Red Panda Day (IRPD) 2019 is happening on Saturday, September 21 as we join with an expected 100,000 visitors, at more than 80 zoos worldwide! The fun includes a red panda enrichment demonstration, keeper chats, storytime, training session, and lots of red panda-themed activities. Find out how kids of all ages can help by becoming Red Panda Rangers!

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Run Wild!

September 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Come on out to the zoo to Run Wild on Sunday, September 29, 2019! This year is all about you: our community! Tell us who you are running for - is it your kids so that they can have polar bears in their future, or your grandparents who listened to lions roaring here when they were kids? Or is it your favorite zoo animal? From 10K and 5K distances to our Wild Child Fun Run, there is a way for…

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October 2019

Penguin

African Penguin Awareness Day

October 12, 2019
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Love penguins? Come celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day with presentations by our penguin keeper and a live penguin painting session by our 'Penguin Picasso.'  Sign up for an exclusive penguin Meet and Greet - limited availability, $25 tickets are available in advance by clicking here. Other events include penguin-themed games and activities throughout the zoo. All proceeds benefit African penguin conservation in the wild.

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BOO! at the Zoo

October 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Join us for a free, family-friendly Halloween event! Enjoy 15 candy stations throughout the zoo. Face-painting available 9:30am - 3:30pm. Costume parade at noon from the Education Pavilion. Who will have the best costume? And of course - animals with pumpkins!

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November 2019

Paintings for Penguins

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Stroll around the zoo after hours and view art created by zoo residents and Madison artists.

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Zoo Lights

November 29, 2019 - December 29, 2019
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of Madison's most unique events!

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December 2019

BREW LIGHTS 2019

December 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Join us for our annual 21+ beer tasting event! Sample beers from local and regional breweries as you marvel at the spectacle of over 800,000 lights throughout the zoo! Tickets: VIP Tickets ($85) Enjoy early access to the zoo for an exclusive polar bear encounter, plus all the benefits of General Admission! General Admission ($45 in advance/$60 at the gate) Fill your commemorative glass with unlimited tastings from breweries, enjoy a live DJ, unlimited carousel rides, and a photo booth…

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February 2020

International Polar Bear Day

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Polar Bear

Join our polar bears, Nuniq and Berit, and learn about ways you can take action to protect their habitat in the wild! Activities happening in the Discovery Center from 11am-3pm, including games and crafts. 11am - Keeper Chat - Bear Exhibit Noon - Story time - Discovery Center 1pm - Story time - Discovery Center 2pm - Keeper Chat - Bear Exhibit

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April 2020

Butterfly in field

POSTPONED – Party for the Planet

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Note: This event has been postponed. Please check back soon for further information.   Click here for: Español or Hmoob   We are throwing a Party for the Planet, and you’re invited! You can participate in activities and actions to make a positive impact on the many challenges facing our planet, starting right here in the Zoo’s local watershed. Over one billion people around the globe are expected to step up to make the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day an inspiring…

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