Kohl’s announces $1.5 million donation to Zoological Society

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:42 am

Kohl’s Department Stores, based in Milwaukee, is supporting the continuation and expansion of Kohl’s Wild Theater programming at the Milwaukee County Zoo with a $1.5 million donation to be rolled out over three years.


Kohl’s Wild Theater was launched in 2010 with a $1 million donation from Kohl’s philanthropic arm known as Kohl’s Cares and operates through a partnership among Kohl’s Cares, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

The family-friendly theater programming features live, interactive performances on zoo grounds. Performances convey conservation messages through drama, puppetry and songs.

Kohl’s recently announced donation, to be given to the Zoological Society, will provide the resources to add to the program’s collection of theater shows with 15 total, bring in new puppets, and enhance the zoo’s stage and theater venue with a raised stage floor and a shaded stage area among other amenities.

“Kohl’s Wild Theater has become one of the best zoo theater programs in the country thanks to Kohl’s tremendous support,” said Dr. Bert Davis, president and chief executive officer of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County. “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Kohl’s and provide quality programming designed to inspire children to care more about conservation and learn ways to help animals.”

In addition to offering free theater experiences onsite at the zoo, Kohl’s Wild Theater takes its shows on the road with community performances at area schools, libraries and special events.

For a schedule of Kohl’s Wild Theater shows performed regularly during the summer at the Milwaukee County Zoo, visit www.zoosociety.org.

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