Zoo in Franklin


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  • Jo-Don Farms
    Run by expert caretakers and trainers, Jo-Don Farms maintains a population of over 300 animals, who sometimes make trips off the property to visit TV studios, film sets, and even private parties. Of course, one can meet all the animals, including exotics such as tigers and zebras, by visiting the farms themselves. The animals all have names and a reasonable familiarity with people. Calling out to a pony or camel by name may get its attention and inspire a close-up visit. Other animals, such as the big cats, stay at a safe distance from guests at all times. Visitors can expect encounters both close and distant as they wander the 15 acres of paths and pens.
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    5907 Nicholson Road
    Caledonia, WI US
  • Oceans of Fun
    Bumper, Slick, Makaia, and Diego may sound like a team of superheroes, but at Oceans of Fun, they are the names of just 4 of the 12 sea lions and seals that inhabit the center's waters. Nestled in the Milwaukee County Zoo, the educational center focuses specifically on marine animals, educating visitors on their traits, their favorite places to play, and conservation strategies. Kids can feed the seals and sea lions buckets of fresh fish or build their animal-training repertoire during interactive programs; the animals also perform in shows four times daily throughout most of the year.
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    10001 W Bluemound Rd.
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • West Allis Historical Society
    West Allis Historical Society in Milwaukee is always growing its number of zoo animals for you to discover and learn more about. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    8405 W National Ave
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Milwaukee County Zoo
    While guests can feed giraffes by hand and pet stingrays and sharks, the zoo has lots to do besides admire its furry and scaly denizens. Kids can clamber around a ropes and obstacle course, whizz by on zip-lines, and get a bird’s-eye view of the zoo on the ski lift-style Sky Safari.
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    10001 West Bluemound Road
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Racine Zoo
    Amur tigers stretch out in the sun, red kangaroos hop leisurely along, and orangutans groom each other in the shade while tree pythons and box turtles roam their tanks, oblivious of each other and everything outside. Nearby, budgies, storks, cormorants, and screech owls roost on perches and soar over the heads of their human visitors. These creatures join a menagerie of more than 250 animals—representing 76 different species—that mingle across 32 acres of natural habitat at the Racine Zoo. Together with their staff counterparts, these animals speak to the zoo’s efforts toward conservation and strengthening the bond between humans and their wild neighbors. Though they can get up close to animal enclosures, visitors also explore more immersive wildlife education through seasonal and year-round attractions. Giraffe encounters allow guests to participate in the supervised feeding of a masai giraffe, and Animal Chats prompt visitors to ask questions of the caretakers, such as how they feed the zoo's carnivores and which of the herbivores prefer italian dressing. At the Benstead Discovery Center, guests greet reptiles and amphibians and watch fish swim in a 2,000-gallon saltwater tank. In the open-air Norco Aviary, visitors can behave as flocks of Australian budgies, rosellas, or cockatiels. Children, meanwhile, frolic across the two-story climbing structure, slides, and zipline at the PlayZoo Playground, or board a colorful, seasonal miniature express train.
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    2131 N Main St.
    Racine, WI US
  • Patch 22
    Are you curious about the animals of the world? Learn about a wide array of animals at Patch 22 in Wadsworth. Check out the restaurant at this zoo for a delicious meal. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this zoo. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    15900 W Kelly Rd
    Wadsworth, IL US

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