The Henry Vilas Zoo is a free, public zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. Established in 1911, the zoo spans over 28 acres and is home to a diverse range of animals representing numerous species from around the world. The zoo is dedicated to conservation and education and aims to provide a fun, family-friendly experience while inspiring visitors to care more deeply about the natural world.

Henry Vilas Zoo offers an array of exhibits designed to mimic natural habitats, housing animals from polar bears and lions to tropical birds and primates. Visitors can enjoy the Arctic Passage exhibit, one of North America's top habitats for polar bears, or explore the Tropical Rainforest Aviary, filled with exotic bird species. The zoo also features a Children's Zoo, a carousel, a train ride, and interactive educational displays. The zoo maintains high-quality animal care and exhibit design despite its free admission.

Henry Vilas Zoo actively contributes to conservation efforts through participation in the Species Survival Plans (SSPs) for several endangered animals. The zoo is also involved in several local and global conservation initiatives, and it strongly emphasizes education and community outreach to promote wildlife preservation and environmental stewardship.

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    28 acres
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  • Key Exhibits:
    Arctic Passage || Big Cat Exhibits || Tropical Rainforest Aviary || Primate House || Herpetarium
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