The Henry Vilas Zoo participates in a variety of wild animal conservation programs. Our Conservation Education Celebrations, which focus on helping save the wild counterparts of the animals at our zoo, are not only fun but also give you the chance to make a difference in the lives of wild animals.
Thank you for joining us for International Polar Bear Day in 2018! Stay tuned for more info on our 2019 event.
Join us at the zoo on Sunday, April 22nd from 12:30-3:30pm as we celebrate the arrival of spring and Earth Day for our annual Party for the Planet! Learn about conservation here at the zoo and what you can do to conserve energy and resources at home.
The event will include lots of fun, family-friendly activities including:
∙ Free tree sapplings courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
∙ Kids' Tree Climb courtesy of the Dane County Regional Arborist Group (weather permitting)
∙ Meet our education animals
∙ Visit the Madison Gas and Electric solar energy cart
∙ Visit the activity tent for coloring, face painting and more!
∙ Zookeeper Chats at 1pm and 2pm in the Education Pavilion
Our Big Cat Conservation Day Celebration takes place in May. Stay tuned for more info on our 2018 event!
Orangutan Caring Week happens every June. Please stay tuned for info about our 2018 event!
This year's International Red Panda Day Celebration will take place on August 26th.
Schedule: 12:30-3:00pm: activity & craft tables in the Red Barn 12:30-3:00pm: merchandise table 12:30pm: red panda enrichment in the red panda outdoor exhibit 1:30pm: red panda keeper chat at the red panda outdoor exhibit 2:00pm: red panda training session at the red panda indoor exhibit
Click here for a Red Panda Day activity book courtesy of the Red Panda Network!
This year's African Penguin Awareness Day Celebration will be held on October 7th from 12:30-3pm!
Schedule: 12:30-1:00 Keeper chat at penguin exhibit 1:00-2:00 Conservation Presentation 2:00-3:00 Penguin Painting Experience ($5/person at Ed Pavilion, one lucky attendee will receive a painting) 3:00 Raffle drawing for personal penguin painting experience and penguin paintings