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The playground at the Racine Zoo in Racine, WI
Racine Zoo Playground

Playground at the Racine Zoo in Racine, WI

The Racine Zoo, situated on 32 acres (130,000 m2) on the shore of Lake Michigan, has more than 70 species of animals. The Zoo's animal collection focuses on native Wisconsin animals, including a room full of reptiles and amphibians native to the state, as well as animals from around the world. A Masai giraffe named Twigga, black rhinos, Amur tigers, orangutans and snow leopards are some highlights of the animal collection. Many of the animals at the Racine Zoo are managed under the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's Species Survival Plan.

For many decades, the Racine Zoo was one of the few remaining free-admission zoos in the United States. The financial needs of the zoo have forced it to begin charging an entrance fee in January 2007.

The Racine Zoo also has many family-friendly features. A playground, children's zoo and hands-on discovery center are on site, and the zoo overlooks a free public beach. The zoo also hosts many summer events, including free Sunday band concerts and the Animal Crackers Jazz Series. (Source:




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