Penguins and Kids Day (April 6) at the Zoo!

African penguins born recently at Henry Vilas Zoo

African penguins born recently at Henry Vilas Zoo

Robben and Dassen, two African penguin chicks, recently joined the Henry Vilas Zoo. The chicks were born three days apart at the end of Dec/beginning of January. They now have their juvenile waterproof feathers and will get their first swimming lessons by staff this week. Keep an eye out for when they will make their public debut!

In a press release today from Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi said, “Robben and Dassen are the seventh and eighth chicks of their parents, who are a Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommended breeding pair. SSP programs are developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to oversee the population management of select species and enhance conservation of species in the wild.”

Kids day, Saturday April 6!

This Saturday visit the zoo for kids day at the zoo. All day, carousel and train rides will be free. Kids 12 and under will also be able to get one free hotdog and ice cream treat at the Glacier Grille.

Kids day at the zoo, April 6

Kids day at the zoo, April 6

Activities include:

10am Orangutan Keeper Chat
10am – 3pm Discovery Cart (near the Big Cats)
10:30, 11, & 11:30am Teddy Bear Story Time (near the bear exhibits)
11am Otter Feeding
12pm Polar Bear Keeper Chat
12:30 – 3pm Sensory Play Activities (at the Animal Health Center)
1pm Live Animal Program (Education Pavilion)
2pm Seal Feeding

Upcoming events:

April 27 - “Party for the Planet.” This commemoration of the zoo’s conservation work, there will be a solar presentation by Madison Gas and Electric, electric vehicles, and other Earth friendly educational displays.