The Milwaukee County Zoo will host its second World Penguin Day celebration on Saturday, April 23 to highlight these beloved animals and raise awareness about their important role in our world.

The day, which is celebrated worldwide, coincides with the annual migration of penguins.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can enjoy the following activities:

  • Wear a tuxedo (or black and white clothing). The first 100 visitors wearing black and white will receive a plush penguin toy. All visitors wearing black and white will be entered to win a behind-the-scenes penguin tour.
  • Learn about penguin adaptations, including why they have black and white feathers and all about blubbler.
  • Purchase painting made by some of the zoo's penguins. This excercise keeps the birds active. Proceeds benefit penguin conservation.
  • Design a penguin mask and then learn to walk like a penguin!
  • One of the Humboldt penguin keepers will talk about the care involved in making sure the zoo's penguins are healthy, enriched and monitored each day.

Regular admission to the zoo applies. The zoo, which is located at 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, is open daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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