Friday, October 16, 2020

#FridayGiving: An elephant ton of excitement at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Head over to the Milwaukee County Zoo to check out resident African elephants, Brittany, Ruth and Belle, at the Adventure Africa Elephant Exhibit. The exhibit is thanks in part to a $750,000 gift to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee from the We Energies Foundation. 

The exhibit features a 1.6-acre outdoor habitat, a 20,000-square-foot Elephant Care Center, individual stalls for training and elephant health care, and various indoor and outdoor enrichment activities to keep the elephants happy and healthy.

Zoo visitors are able to view the elephant exhibit and the new multispecies hoofstock exhibit from the We Energies Foundation Elephant Overlook — a second-floor terrace on the southeast corner of the elephant care center. The We Energies Foundation African Forest Garden adds beauty between the two exhibit areas. 

“The We Energies Foundation focuses on creating a brighter future for the communities we serve, and the zoo is a wonderful example of an organization that makes a positive community impact,” said Beth Straka, vice president — We Energies Foundation and senior vice president — corporate communications and investor relations at WEC Energy Group.

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee, a nonprofit that helps fundraise and support the Milwaukee County Zoo, continues to fundraise for their Window to the Wild campaign to complete Adventure Africa. Many of the African animals (impalas, hippos, rhinos, zebras and bongos) will live near one another in new habitats that look and feel expansive and open. Learn more about Adventure Africa.


Since the early 1980s, We Energies has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in communities across the state.

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