Trips on a Tank: "New Zoo" in Green Bay

Gas prices are forcing families to take vacations that won't break the bank.

As part of our special series, Trips on a Tank, I visited Green Bay for a look at some of the things you can do and see with your families.

The "New Zoo" is located in Suamico, just miles north of Green Bay.

It's home to about 300 animals.

"In this case, behind me, you have animals from Africa so we give you a nice, smaller, medium-sized zoo, that type of experience, but you can see animals from all over the world," says Neil Anderson, zoo director.

Like river otters, wolves, and red pandas... just to name a few.

At the "New Zoo" you won't just see some of your favorite animals, but get an up-close, personal experience with them.

"For us it's all about getting you closer, having that intimate feeling, that's what different about our zoo. You get a little bit closer to the animals and we want you to connect with the animals," says Anderson.

But you won't just get to bond with the animals, but learn a little bit about them too.

For example, there's the "North American Aviary Exhibit."

Inside the exhibit there are many different species of ducks, a pelican, and even an eagle.

"There's nothing between you and her, no fencing or anything that you can see, and you can get up that close and just see how big these birds are and just how beautiful these birds are," says Anderson.

There's also a moose exhibit.

"If you're just sitting and just absorbing all the northern experiences you could and be able to see a moose," says Anderson.

And a place to get face to face with a giraffe.

"We are on top of the observation deck, now this is one area you can get eye to eye with and we're up about 15, 16, 17 feet, something like that. So you can get an appreciation of how tall these animals are and just see how close, just be able to take a look at their head, see the features and that," he says.

But at the end of the day, you may even find an appreciation for some of these beautiful creatures you never had before.

"If we can get them to care about the wildlife, really, it's about respecting life, if we can get that in especially the youngsters now, we're all better off.

Not to mention, you'll create memories that will last a lifetime.

Prices:

$5.00 for adults
$3.00 for children and seniors
$15.00 for a family

Hours:

Monday Through Sunday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.


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