The mission of the Sedgwick County Zoo is to inspire appreciation, inspiration, and respect for animals, nature and the surrounding environment and does this through outstanding exhibits designed to promote experiential learning. The Zoo’s exhibits are designed for visitors to be immersed in the animal's world, allowing them to experience the animals' natural behaviors and enjoy an empathetic learning experience. Many of the Zoo’s exhibits include areas in which visitors can walk freely among the animals and plants.
Educational programs offered by the Zoo include a variety of learning programs for both adults and children, coffee connections, workshops and informal chats for adults, field trips, overnights at the zoo, and adventure backpacking.
Internationally acclaimed for its award-winning field conservation and rare breeding programs, Sedgwick County Zoo works in conjunction with several world-renowned organizations. Conservation groups include Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, African Predator Conservation Research Organization (APCRO), Center for the Conservation of the Humboldt Penguin, and the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund International. The Zoo also has unique Species Survival Plan®, which is a cooperative population management and conservation program that manages the breeding 161 individual species of endangered animals, including the African Painted Dog.
The Sedgwick County Zoo is located at 5555 Zoo Boulevard in Wichita and is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm year-round. Visitors can explore the Zoo in several ways – by walking, hopping on a tram with five stops at different locations around the Zoo, or on a relaxing seasonal boat tour. Signature events are held at the zoo throughout the year, including ‘Easter Eggstravaganza,' ‘Night of the Living Zoo’ ‘Father’s Day Car Show,' and ‘Zoobilee.’
Visitors can enjoy a range of fun keeper chats and feeding times where they can interact with zookeepers and learn more about the animals that are taken care of at the Zoo. Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters include American Farm Cow/Oxen Encounters, Snake Demonstrations, Bald Eagle Chats, Aldabra Tortoise Training, Tiger Chats, Chimpanzee Chats, and Penguin Demonstrations, among others. Attractions at the Zoo include a Giraffe Feeding Station, relaxing boat tours and free tram tours.
Other facilities at the Zoo include the Plaza Bistro Restaurant, as well as four food and beverage stations located around the zoo. Visitors can also bring their own picnic baskets to enjoy at one of several picnic spots around the property.
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Address: 5555 Zoo Boulevard, Wichita, Kansas 67212, Phone: 316.660.WILD (9453) Photo: alissala/Fotolia
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