Introducing the Zoological Society of Milwaukee!
CSGM is proud to introduce one of our newest
member organizations: The Zoological Society of
T he Zoological Society of Milwaukee County
(ZSM) was founded in 1910 as an informal group
of community leaders who bought animals and
raised funds for the Milwaukee Zoo. Today, ZSM
is a private nonprofit organization with 61
employees and 40 interns, teachers, and
volunteers who help to carry out the Zoo’s
mission and programs.
The Zoological Society takes great pride in its efforts in wildlife conservation and
preserving endangered species, including a strong effort to save an endangered African
great ape, the bonobo. In 2008, the Zoological Society and its volunteers also helped
educate 182,092 individuals in their understanding of environmental issues to help fulfill
science standards set by the state of Wisconsin.
Last summer, 485 school-aged children attended the agency’s Summer Camp
programs. Research indicates that children from lower socio-economic backgrounds
suffer learning deficits relative to wealthier students due to a lack of enriching summer
experiences that carry learning between school years. As a way to address this, ZSM
developed “Programs for Disadvantaged Youth,” which offers three days of our summer
camps at the Milwaukee County Zoo to children, ages 7 to 11, from disadvantaged
neighborhoods at no cost to the neighborhood center or the children.
This year, ZSM will be celebrating its 100th year of dedication to zoo life, conservation,
and social justice. ZSM’s impact demonstrates
how individual choices can equate to effective
changes. This is why CSGM is proud to welcome
The Zoological Society of Milwaukee County
to our family of member organizations.