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RACINE – The Racine Zoo is hosting their spring fundraiser, All In For The Animals, through Friday, April 8. Through the generosity of Educators Credit Union, each donated dollar up to $5,000 will be matched. This means each donation will have twice the impact to help Racine Zoo continue making a difference in the community.

Gold Standard of Animal Care

The Racine Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means they are held to the “gold standard” of animal care. For a nonprofit like Racine Zoo, it is a steep price tag to maintain this level of care.

The Animal Care Department provides essential daily and specialized veterinary care to over 300 animals and 75 unique species that make your trip to the Zoo so memorable.

Special Animals Require Special Care

A few animals in particular that receive specialized care at the Zoo include Nelson the African penguin, Naka the Amur tiger, Kramer the black-handed spider monkey, and Aero, Blaze, and Jack Clay the meerkats. These, and many other animals, will benefit greatly from the spring fundraiser, All In For The Animals.

Nelson the African penguin

Nelson the African penguin was having some trouble walking. The Racine Zoo brought him to the UW-Madison Veterinary Hospital for CT scans to diagnose the issue. After antibiotic treatment, Nelson is showing huge improvement and is back with his colony, happily swimming with the other penguins.

Credit: Racine Zoo
Credit: Racine Zoo

Naka the Amur Tiger

Naka the Amur tiger started losing weight and Racine Zoo staff were puzzled. Through a voluntary blood draw, the Zoo team was able to diagnose her with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. It is fairly easily managed with enzyme and vitamin B supplements orally and through injection. This voluntary care, which avoids risky sedative or anesthetic procedures, was only made possible through the strong bonds of trust between the keepers and the animals.

Kramer the Spider Monkey

Kramer the spider monkey has been blind for a number of years, but keepers recently realized something was off about one of his eyes. Through voluntary training, the Zoo team was able to give him eye drops and use special equipment to check the pressure in his eye. The team determined the eye needed to be removed for Kramer’s quality of life. The team was able to do the surgery on-site at the Zoo. Now, Kramer is the cutest little pirate monkey you’ll ever see! 

Credit: Racine Zoo
Credit: Racine Zoo

Aero, Blaze, Jack Clay: Meerkats

Aero, Blaze, and Jack Clay the meerkats are on the upper end of meerkat life spans, which means monitoring their health and welfare is a top priority. One of the ways the Zoo does this is by voluntary weight training. Meerkats love tunnels! Keepers put a tunnel on the scale and the meerkats slide on in, allowing keepers to read their weights. This makes the whole process easier on everyone!

Donor Support Plays a Crucial Role in Spring Fundraiser

Donors play a crucial role to keep this 99-year-old zoo running. Through the generous support of the community, Racine Zoo can continue to provide their beloved animals with the care they need. The Zoo’s mission is to educate and inspire guests and the community while providing an affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature for years to come.

If you’d like to show your support for the Racine Zoo during the spring fundraiser, you can donate online or mail a donation check to the Racine Zoo, 200 Goold Street, Racine, WI 53402. All donations are tax-deductible.

About the Racine Zoo

Nestled along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the Racine Zoo is open year-round. Current hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., last admission at 3:30 p.m. Admission rates are: Members and children two and younger: FREE, children three years to 15 years: $9, seniors: $10, and adults: $11. For more information on the Racine Zoo, its programs and events, visit, call 262-636-9189 and find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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