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Keeper Chats and Activities


While the zoo is closed, keep in touch with Henry Vilas Zoo’s keepers and animals with Virtual Zookeeper Chats. Chats are live on Facebook several days a week at 2pm, and will be posted here afterwards along with related activities you can do at home.

Join us for some virtual fun!

May 20th – Aardvark

May 6th – Lemurs

April 29th – Otters

April 27th – Polar Bear

April 24th – Bactrian Camel

April 22nd – Capybara (Earth Day)

April 20th – African Lions

April 15th – Rhinoceros Iguana

April 13th – Skunks

April 10th – Macaws

Check out more fun resources and activities from the Rainforest Alliance.

April 8th – White Handed Gibbons

April 6th – Mystery Animal (Kaiser’s Mountain Newt)

April 3rd – Grizzly Bears

April 1st Mystery Mammal!

March 30th Live Stream – See where our seafood gets delivered and watch our seals get fed!

March 27th Live Stream – Keeper Wesley introduces you to Hagrid, our tawny frogmouth!

March 26th Live Stream – Keepers Katie and Beth show you what it’s like to go behind the scenes with our newest big cat – tiger Kuza!

March 23rd Live Stream – Join zookeeper Tara to learn about Tai and Terrei, our red pandas!

March 20th Live Stream – Zookeeper Emily introduces you to our newest Aviary residents, the curassows!

At Home Activity – Bug Hunt!
Curassows love to dig and search for insects to eat. Go to your backyard or a neighborhood park, and turn over logs and leaves. Can you find any insects underneath?

March 19th Live Stream – Join our zookeeper, Taylor, and our animal curator, Beth, as they introduce us to the newest member of the Henry Vilas Zoo family, Wilma the bison!

March 18th Live Stream – Get an update on our African penguin chicks and learn more about these endangered animals!

At Home Activity – Build a penguin fort!
African penguins nest in burrows. Get some blankets and cushions and build your own penguin burrow.