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Racine Zoo

The Racine Zoological Gardens, often known as the Racine Zoo, is a zoo in Racine, Wisconsin, that is located on 28 acres (11 ha) on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Racine Zoological Society, a non-profit organization, runs the zoo. The zoo’s collection concentrates on species local to Wisconsin, including a building dedicated to reptiles and amphibians native to the state, with over 100 species.


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Jacob Stoffel, Jr., a local businessman, founded the Racine Zoo on March 1, 1923. The city of Racine was inspired by his donation of three monkeys to create a small zoo in Island Park. The zoo had deer, badgers, grey foxes, and Rocky Mountain goats by the end of the year. The zoo’s new home at Goold Street and North Main Street, which it outgrew, opened in 1925. Lakeview Park, a former brickyard, had previously occupied the space.

In its new home, the Racine Zoo developed swiftly. It included exhibits with sea lions, hoofed animals, and bears between 1925 and 1929. An abandoned clay quarry was flooded to create a duck pond.

The zoo’s cheap entry allowed it to thrive during the Great Depression when others were forced to close. The Vanishing Kingdom, a castle-like structure that shelters big cats and primates, was completed in 1939. The former county jail bricks were used to construct it. Mary Heibner, a ten-year-old girl from Waukegan, Illinois, was mauled by a bear at the zoo on May 23, 1958. She was on the verge of losing her right arm and needed plastic surgery.

Due to overpopulation, the Como Park Zoo evacuated a two-year-old Siberian tiger to Racine in November 1959. The tiger, called Kahn, was purchased by the Racine Zoo the next year.

In 1987, the Australian subsidiary of Racine-based S.C. Johnson & Son donated six kangaroos and six wallaroos to the zoo. Rawdon Dalrymple, the Australian ambassador, was present at the event.

The Racine Zoo was acclaimed and condemned in the early 1990s for its “traditional” method of keeping animals in small barred cages where zoo visitors could get abnormally near them. In 1992, the city of Racine financed nearly half of the zoo’s $3 million rehabilitation project, which replaced habitats that were mainly untouched since the zoo’s original construction in the 1930s. If you are in Racine, you can’t ignore visiting the Racine Zoo.


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