Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 --- 6:30 p.m.
Madison --- It was "Family Day" at the Henry Vilas Zoo.
"It's a day for families to come with their kids, and explore what it takes to be a zoo keeper or a zoo vet," said Executive Director, Alison Prange.
This is the first year and the goal is to teach kids about the zoo industry.
"They are learning what it takes to train animals, they're learning the different things that they need to do if you were actually living the life of a zoo keeper," said Prange.
"Family Day," is just the kick-off of a number of upcoming events. While this one's free, the others are fundraisers, with the money going towards the completion of the Arctic Passage Project.
"Our goal is to raise, $4.7 million, and so far we've raised, just shy of $3.8 million. So we're closing in on our goal, we'll hit that goal by the time we open the doors to the arctic passage," said Prange.
The new exhibit will be the new home to seals, grizzly and polar bears, as well as a restaurant.
The multimillion dollar project partly funded by the county is expected to open next summer. A date that can't come soon enough for staff, and visitors.