Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day and Feeding the Goats

Up until I read this blurb, I thought that I was the only one who associated Memorial Day weekend with feeding the goats at Henry Vilas Zoo. Apparently not. Regardless, it is a great, inexpensive way to kick of the summer season.

Feeding the goats at Vilas Zoo

It's not exactly the running of the bulls, but Madison's Vilas Zoo has its own highly anticipated animal tradition.

Since the 1970s, Memorial Day weekend has meant the opening of the zoo's goat yard.

Starting Saturday at 10 a.m., visitors will get their first opportunity of the year to feed the zoo's 25 goats.

"People have come to expect it," said Jim Hubing, zoo director. "They just get excited being that close to animals. And the goats like it, too."

Bring some coins — feed must be purchased on site. No carry-ins. (The zoo itself is free.)

And while you're there, don't forget to give the kids a spin on the "Conservation Carousel," a highlight of the children's zoo that also is now open for the season.

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