What types of Animals Will I See at the Milwaukee County Zoo?


There’s nothing quite like spending the day at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Not only will you see incredible animals from all over the world, but visiting the zoo is a fun way to learn about conservation, the environment, animal behavior and their natural habitats.

Of course, there’s nothing like seeing your children amazed as they listen to an elephant trumpet or watch the bonobo play. Strolling the zoo and exhibits is the perfect way to spend a day with family and friends.

Take an up-close look at some of the incredible animals you’ll see at the Milwaukee County Zoo in near Brown Deer, WI.

Amur (Siberian) Tiger

Where Siberian Tigers live in the wild: Mainly in eastern Russia, but can also be found in northern areas of North Korea and northeast China.

What Siberian Tigers eat in the wild: elk, boar, and deer.

The Amur Tiger is the largest cat in the world. Not only can males be up to 12 feet long but they can also weigh up to 700 pounds! Each tiger has unique stripes, so no two look exactly alike, and the pattern has an important purpose. The tiger’s black stripes serve as camouflage when they hunt during the night.



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Where Bonobos live in the wild: Democratic Republic of Congo.

What Bonobos eat in the wild: leaves, vegetation, fruit, and seeds.

You can find mother Bonobos socializing with her young at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The Bonobo is also known as “pygmy chimpanzee” because early scientists thought they were merely a smaller version of chimpanzees, which they are not.

The Bonobo is man’s closest relative, sharing 98% of genetic material with humans. Furthermore, Bonobos are empathetic, intelligent and understand language.


Bald Eagle

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Where Bald Eagles live in the wild: North America.

What Bald Eagles eat in the wild: fish, birds and small mammals such as squirrels, rabbits, and prairie dogs.

Bald eagles like to live near bodies of water like lakes, rivers, and oceans where they feed mainly on fish. Once a threatened species, in 2007 the federal government took the bald eagle off the endangered species list.

Did you know?

  • Bald Eagles are the United States National Emblem
  • Bald Eagles can fly about 20-40 miles per hour and can dive up to 100 mph
  • It takes five years for bald eagles to attain their white head and tail feathers


African Elephant

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Where Elephants live in the wild: Sub-Saharan Africa and the rain forests of central and West Africa.

What Elephants eat in the wild: grasses, leaves, roots, twigs, bark, fruits and vegetables.

In the wild, African elephant herds wander through 37 countries on the African continent. You can watch the Milwaukee County Zoo’s elephant webcam to see this magnificent animal. The African elephant is the largest mammal on earth weighing up to 7 tons. Not to mention, they eat up to 300 pounds of food each day!

Did you know?

  • The elephant’s enormous ears, nose, and tusk all play vital roles in its survival.
  • Elephants use their tusks to dig for food and water
  • Oversized ears radiate heat to keep them cool during sweltering temperatures Elephants use their trunks for smelling, drinking, breathing, and picking things up


Reticulated (Somali) Giraffe

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Where Giraffes live in the wild: Giraffes live the Horn of Africa, so live in Somalia, southern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya.

What Giraffes eat in the wild: leaves and shoots of trees. They love acacia trees.

In the wild, giraffes are found throughout the savannas of Africa. A savanna is a grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees. Given how tall giraffe’s are it’s no surprise that their neck makes up half of their total height. That’s saying a lot because giraffes are the tallest animal on land.  

Male Giraffes can grow in stature to reach 18 feet tall. So it probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that Giraffe babies are around 6-feet-tall when they’re born.

No two giraffes look exactly alike as they each have unique patterns. Their hearts can weigh an astonishing 22 pounds! Furthermore, Giraffes have excellent vision and can see for a mile—that’s a long way—and thankfully, have no competition for food.


Western Lowland Gorilla

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Where Gorillas live in the wild: Equatorial West Africa in places such as Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Equatorial Guinea.

What Gorillas eat in the wild: roots, shoots, fruit, leaves, stems, nuts, bark and ants.

The Western Lowland Gorilla is the largest primate in the world. Adult male Gorillas are often called “Silverbacks” because of the color of their fur.  The male Gorilla also dominates the group and organizes the schedule of all the other Gorillas.

Just like humans, Gorillas also have unique fingerprints. Additionally, they can learn sign language to communicate with people.  


Victoria Crowned Pigeon

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Where Victoria Crowned Pigeons live in the wild: Northern New Guinea.

What they eat in the wild: fallen fruit, mostly figs.

The Victoria Crowned Pigeon was named for the British Monarch Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

Unlike the dusty grey pigeons we see in large cities, these distinctive birds have stunning red eyes, a maroon breast, and incredible lace-like crest. The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is almost as big as a turkey, making it the world’s largest pigeon.


Snow Leopard

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Where Snow Leopards live in the wild: the mountains of Central Asia and 60% live in China.

What Snow Leopards eat in the wild: wild sheep and goats.

Did you know that if you were to shave a snow leopard’s fur off, their skin is also spotted? The Snow Leopard’s long, furry tails help them balance while climbing steep rocky terrain. Furthermore, their tails are almost as long as their body and used to shield their mouths and noses during cold weather and snowstorms.

Snow leopards are solitary and are rarely seen in the wild.


Black Rhinoceros

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Where Black Rhinoceros live in the wild: scattered across the continent from the Cape to Somalia.

What Black Rhinoceros eat in the wild: leaves and fruit.

Most horned animals have horns on their heads, but not the Black Rhinoceros. They’re the only animal with horns on their noses! In fact, the word rhinoceros comes from the Greek words for horn and a nose.

The Black Rhinoceros is a browser rather than a grazer, and it walks with his huge head, and horn pointed towards the ground. The rhino gets most of its sustenance from eating leaves and bushes. The name Black Rhino is deceiving because they are really dark grey or brown.

African Lion

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What African Lions eat in the wild: large animals such as zebras, antelope, and wildebeests.

Lions are the most social of all cats. They are the only cats that live in groups. A single pride can have up to 3 males, about 12 females and all their young.

Traditionally depicted as the “king of the jungle,” the African lion can range anywhere from 4.5 to 6.5 feet long from its head to its rump.  African lions typically weigh 265 to 420 lbs, and its roar can be heard up to five miles away.

Female lions do the hunting while the males protect the territory and the young cubs.


There are numerous benefits of visiting a zoo whether you are traveling to another state or country or spending the day in a nearby city. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, over 181 million people visit zoos and aquariums each year.

Visiting a zoo offers incredible learning opportunities for adults and children of all ages. From sparking curiosity to promoting family bonding, a day at the Milwaukee County Zoo also encourages a healthy lifestyle while bringing family and friends together. It is the perfect day trip destination for any season.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is located near Brown Deer, Wisconsin and is open daily. Check here for seasonal hours and rates.

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Downtown Naperville Riverwalk | Your Guide to Special Events and More!


Do you suddenly find yourself with some free time in the West Chicago suburbs? Sure you could run errands, study or get some extra work done, but how about playing tourist in your hometown?

There are a few things that everyone in Chicagoland should experience, especially near the Downtown Naperville Riverwalk, and there’s no time like the present to check a few things off that bucket list. Continue reading “Downtown Naperville Riverwalk | Your Guide to Special Events and More!”

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City Guide: Things To Do During Winter in Minneapolis

by Haley Kaiser

It’s mid-November, and the familiar frosty bite of winter has come over one of our favorite towns in the Midwest: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Okay, it’s no lie, December through March is considered to be frigid and, even at times, extreme.

But whereas some may shy away from these wintry conditions, those in one of our country’s northernmost cities embrace the cold with pure jubilee and downright style; the winter months here are a time of celebration of what makes this area so incredibly unique. This holiday season, don’t just survive but thrive in the winter wonderland of Minneapolis.

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Fun Things To Do In Chicago During Winter


If you are looking for fun things to do in Chicago this winter, you’re in luck. It turns out the Windy City is a popular destination this time of year for tourists and Chicago suburbanites alike.

Chicago offers things you won’t see anywhere else and less busy tourist attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. Moreover, the Chicago CityPASS will get you to and from the city’s top attractions at a 50%+ savings (and includes plenty of indoor activities!).

Yes, it will be cold, but freezing temperatures are why brands like Patagonia and North Face exist. So grab your coat and wool stocking cap and mittens, and get ready to enjoy Chicago in the winter.


Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is an annual wintertime holiday event. It hosts family-friendly activities like strolling down Lights Festival Lane and a grand tree-lighting parade featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Chicago River.


The Art Institute Chicago

wreathed christmas lion at the art institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest art museums in the United States and was voted #1 museum in the world by Tripadvisor in 2017.  

If you are looking for fun things to do in Chicago with your family over the holidays, special events include:

26th Annual Wreathing of the Lions
November 24 at 10:00
Drop-in activity 10:30–3:00

Holiday Choirs  (December 4–8 at 11:30),
$50 adults, $20 children, $75 VIP adults, $45 VIP children
Free for children under two
Registration required

36th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party
December 10 at 10:45, 12:00, or 1:30

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House
December 16 at 11:00 or 2:00
Family of four: $55 members, $70 nonmembers
Registration required

Holly Days
December 27–30
Drop in 10:30–3:00


Millennium Park Campus Holiday Events

family ice-skating in Chicago

People travel from far and near to visit Millennium Park during the holidays. With its collection of sculptures, Tribune Ice Rink, a glittering gigantic Christmas tree, and other amenities it’s always bustling with family and the best part? The Ice-skating Millennium Park is free!

  • See Chicago’s glittering tree set among the city’s sparkling skyline located at Wrigley Square at Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.


  • Grab a photo alongside one of the wreathed lion statues located at the Art Institute of Chicago entrance, 111 S. Michigan Ave.


  • Go ice skating with friends and family at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink located on Michigan Avenue between Washington & Madison St. from November 17 through March 4.


  • The Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks. Enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other by winding your way through a paved, rolling landscape. Located at: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.

Ugly Sweater Skate, December 9, 10am–10pm
Skate alongside Santa, December 16, 10am–noon

  • Looking for a free winter entertainment? The Dance-Along Nutcracker® All ages and abilities are invited to dress up as Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings and point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. There’s always something going on at this 1897 neoclassical former library, known as The People’s Palace, which has two spectacular stained-glass domes. Dance-Along Nutcracker® located at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.


  • The Gingerbread House Decorating Party gives kids of all ages a fun time decorating gingerbread house complete a hot chocolate bar, candy, and icing treats. Tickets on sale. Sunday, December 17, 10:30am–1pm & 1–4pm at The Park Grill at Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan Ave.


  • Save the date for the Holly Days, which takes place on December 27–30, 10:30am–3pm.


  • Art Institute of Chicago, Take inspiration from the exhibition Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller and create a work of art with your family. Located at the Ryan Learning Center, 159 E. Monroe St. Admission to the Art Institute’s Ryan Learning Center is free, and museum admission is always free for kids under 14 and Chicago residents under 18.


Chicago Art Foundation Architectural Walking Tour

woman looking at Chicago skyline during winter

The Chicago Art Foundation is one of the several providers offering tours of Chicago’s famed architectural masterpieces. A visit in December means winter temperatures and wind chill factors can make being outdoors a little chilly. 

For those who don’t want to brave the cold, indoor architectural walking tours are 45 to 60 minutes long. Buildings include the Palmer House Hotel and the famed Chicago Merchandise Mart, which give you the chance to explore Chicago’s architecture while staying warm.


Museum of Science and Industry

mom and child

December is a special time of year for the Museum of Science and Industry, which celebrates by exploring holiday traditions around the globe.

From a four-story, floor-to-dome-ceiling Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest to live holiday performances, MSI offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience that brings a world of holiday joy under one roof.


Christkindlmarket Naperville

Naperville christkindl kiosk in Illinois

The cherished German tradition of a holiday night market is held in two Illinois locations annually: Downtown Chicago and the Subrub of Naperville located approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago.

The main Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s Daley Plaza and the suburb of Naperville. Christkindlmarket Naperville, which runs from November 14 – December 24, 2107.  Special events include wreath making and musical performances in additions to children’s activities.  

A special treat for all is a visit from Christkind—a magical fairy-like being wearing gold and white robes and adorned with a large gold crown. Christkind folklore dates back to the 1500’s.  

Bringing international flair and local charm to Chicago, Christkindlmarket is a holiday favorite.


If you are moving to Chicago this winter, you can count on the friendly storage teams at our self storage locations throughout the Greater Chicago Area.
Download our printable safety checklist for quick tips on moving in the winter. Need storage? As native Chicagoans, we are ready to serve you from the middle of winter to the height of summer every day of the year.
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St. Charles, Illinois | Your Guide to Restaurants and Family Fun


Looking for things to do with your family near St. Charles, Illinois? You’re in luck. The Greater St. Charles area is an ideal destination for locals and tourists alike.

Enjoy hearty soups in the winter and ice cream on a hot summer day in the heart of downtown. Experience stunning sculpture gardens in the park or take an inspirational art class.

From sweet treats and delicious lunches to outside activities and family-friendly concerts in the Chicagoland area, we’ve got you covered. Our easy-to-read-guide highlights local businesses.

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6 Reasons People Love Moving to Lubbock, Texas


Are you looking for small-city charm with big-city choices? There are many reasons people love moving to living Lubbock, Texas. The midsized city offers a diverse mix of entertainment, employment, and lifestyle opportunities.

It seems that everyone, from young professionals and growing families to retirees, are moving to Lubbock, Texas. Moving to this fast-growing Texas state might be the right choice for you too.

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The Best Websites for Finding Short-Term Rentals and Temporary Housing


At some point in our lives, most of us will find ourselves in a situation where we need to find temporary housing. Work-related reasons for needing short-term rentals range from being between jobs to unexpectedly losing a job. Sometimes personal, or life events like a sudden breakup or divorce or maybe combining households can require us to scramble for temporary housing.

Most recently, Mother Nature has caused some serious trouble for families who were forced to vacate their homes suddenly. For many, homes were damaged due to flooding in the Southern and Eastern regions of the country or destroyed in fires on the West Coast. No matter your reason for needing temporary housing, finding a place to live has never been easier than it is today thanks to these websites. Continue reading “The Best Websites for Finding Short-Term Rentals and Temporary Housing”

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Hurricane Irma: Metro Self Storage Florida Locations Close Temporarily


UPDATED September 19, 2017


We are happy to report that all Florida Metro Self Storage stores are open for business 🙂

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Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting at Our New Storage Facility in Mundelein, IL


Would you like to keep your valued possessions at a modern, brand new storage facility in Mundelein, Illinois?

Come on down and join our celebration! Metro Self Storage will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration with the Mundelein Chamber of Commerce on September 14th from 4:30 PM to 7.30 PM. Continue reading “Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting at Our New Storage Facility in Mundelein, IL”

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Houston Strong! Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Strength


Houston Strong quickly became the motto of Texans everywhere during Hurricane Harvey. Reported as one of the worst natural disasters in its history, the record-breaking tropical storm landed the same week as the city’s 181st anniversary; Houston’s forefathers could never have imagined a storm like this. As people process and begin to rebuild, we look at last week’s stories that touched so many watching from afar.  Continue reading “Houston Strong! Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Strength”

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Salvaging Household Items After Hurricane Harvey


Preparing for a hurricane is no easy feat. Especially if you have multiple family members, beloved pets, or both in your care. In the rush of an evacuation, ensuring everyone can make it to safety is a priority. It’s entirely understandable when valued objects and things get left behind.

Before salvaging household items, the most important thing to remember is to make your safety a priority when returning after a hurricane to clean and empty out your home. While many things will disappear as a result of flood damage, others can be saved.  

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Metro Self Storage Offers Free Storage Rental to Hurricane Harvey Victims


October 8, 2017, we are pleased to report that all of our Houston-area storage facilities are approaching full capacity. Thank you to our loyal customers—we are all #HoustonStrong together.

If you or your loved one is affected by Hurricane Harvey, and in need of a temporary storage solution for your belongings, Metro Self Storage is offering relief. We are giving 2 months of free storage rental to Hurricane Harvey victims in addition to waiving administrative fees while inventory lasts. It is important to note that insurance is required on belongings placed in a storage unit.

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St. Charles Self Storage Grand Opening! Metro Surpasses 21 Stores in Illinois


Chicago-based Metro Self Storage is celebrating the grand opening of its 22nd store in Illinois. The 45-year-old company is Chicagoland’s first choice for locally owned urban and suburban storage solutions.

The state-of-the-art, newly constructed building differentiates itself as one of the few modern self storage facilities in St. Charles and surrounding areas. Metro Self Storage locations offer all of the great features you’ve come to expect including superior customer service.

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5 Tips To Help You Downsize in Lakeland, Florida


Americans spend $10 billion dollars a year on ways to downsize, reduce, and organize their homes and businesses. It is quite possible that the art of simplicity has never before been so complex. Or expensive. For many, finding happiness is only a move away and what better place to live than a town with plenty of sunshine and easy access to sugar-white-sand beaches. Continue reading “5 Tips To Help You Downsize in Lakeland, Florida”

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6 Things To Do in Houston if You’re Dating


Are you looking for things to do in Houston with your date?

Sure, it’s easy to fall into the same old pattern of “Netflix and chill,” but wouldn’t it be fun to break free from your couch and enjoy everything Houston has to offer?

Whether it’s your first date with someone you met online or it’s your 25th anniversary, the following things to do in Houston if you’re dating are sure to give you a night to remember.

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Moving to Alabama? We Now Offer Storage Units in Montgomery!


Whether you are moving to Alabama or have lived here your entire life, there are great things to see and discover in  Alabama’s state’s capital of Montgomery.

While Montgomery is recognized worldwide for its historical and cultural significance and landmarks due to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s, it continues to be a city of great significance. Continue reading “Moving to Alabama? We Now Offer Storage Units in Montgomery!”

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Explore These 6 South Side Chicago Neighborhoods To Live In Or Visit


These South Side Chicago Neighborhoods Offer Something for Everyone

If you are looking for a socially diverse and connected community, moving to a South Side Chicago Neighborhood could be for you. From the University of Chicago and Jackson Park to affordable housing and culturally diverse neighborhoods, this part of Chi-Town is filled with possibilities. Continue reading “Explore These 6 South Side Chicago Neighborhoods To Live In Or Visit”

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The Best Neighborhoods in Knoxville for Lifestyle and Culture


The best neighborhoods in Knoxville have two things in common: they’re beautiful, and they have a great culture. If you’re moving to Knoxville and are worried about where you’ll live, rest assured: Knoxville is diverse and culturally-rich. There’s sure to be a neighborhood you’ll love. Continue reading “The Best Neighborhoods in Knoxville for Lifestyle and Culture”

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Moving to Georgia (Part 1): The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Education, Arts, and Sustainability


Between cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity and historical significance, Atlanta has a lot to offer people living in and moving to the area. Atlanta is made up of a complex network of neighborhoods in its Metroplex. While the urban areas of Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead are attractive for professionals and artists, the best Atlanta Suburbs attract people from all over the world. Continue reading “Moving to Georgia (Part 1): The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Education, Arts, and Sustainability”

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How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Apartment Living in Brooklyn Easy


Big city apartments are usually high on costs and short on space, especially in terms of storage space such as closets and cabinets.  The trend towards smaller apartments in New York continues to gain popularity. Prefabricated in Brooklyn, New York, these modular micro-apartments range anywhere from 260 to 360 square feet. It’s no wonder many Brooklynites turn to Sheepshead Bay self storage to make their lives more manageable.

While the idea of living in a minute amount of space may come as a shock to most, for many New Yorkers, a self storage unit often serves as their second home because it provides the extra space people need to make living the apartment life in Brooklyn more enjoyable.

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