Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Kansas provides a rare, face-to-face experience with a White Camel, Indian Rhinos, Orangutans, Aardvarks, and many other animals. Over one hundred species make their home at Rolling Hills Zoo. Animals live in spacious and naturalistic environments on over sixty acres of landscaped park. Zookeepers are part of a large, dedicated crew and contribute to the zoo’s unique experience.
As they stroll through the zoo, they regularly interact with and educate visitors on the lives of the animals in their care. Animals thrive and respond to visitors in unusual ways because they are happy and enjoy life at the zoo.
The Museum opens visitor's eyes to experiences from all over the world involving the balance between human and animal coexistence in nature in an amazing 64,000 sq. ft. of space. Seven regions are featured, from rainforest, to the arctic. Animatronic robots guide visitors through foliage and landscaping, roaring lions, and chirping birds. Natural environments of the world are on display for all to see.
Helen L. Graves Hideaway Hollow- A center for education with interactive exhibits to learn and explore all of the planet’s animals. Art shows, robotic bugs, and many other wonderful exhibits are always showing here.
The Earl Bane Gallery- A part of the museum that houses traveling exhibits that rotate quarterly. Visit the gallery to experience something new every time.
Toddler Tuesdays, Discovery Classes, Overnight Expeditions, and Summer Camps are all opportunities to play, learn, and enhance the zoo experience. Every Tuesday, toddlers can connect with nature, wildlife, and each other. There are special story times with featured animals, fun crafts, and playtime.
Discovery Classes give students the opportunity to translate lessons to real life with forty-five minutes of fun. Authentic artifacts like skulls, skins, teeth, and live animals give students hands-on learning. Lessons are offered for all ages and include classes like Lazy Lion; Bees, Bats, and Birds (Oh, My); Survival Gear; Nature’s Food Pyramid; and Ecosystem Essentials.
Overnight Expeditions are perfect for scouts, teams, birthday parties, school groups, and many other groups. Overnights include a nocturnal hike in the zoo, a flashlight tour of the museum, bedtime snacks, breakfast, indoor and outdoor sleeping options, games, and crafts.
Get up close and personal with animals and programs by becoming a member of Rolling Hills Zoo. Students can get hands-on experience or earn college credit. Working side by side with a keeper provides a one of a kind experience to learn about the animals and introduce children to animals they would never have the opportunity to interact with otherwise.
As a member, the experience never ends! Learning and contributing happens every day of the year. Help keep the zoo and the environment clean by participating in recycling programs, turning lights off when a room is not occupied, planting trees, or driving a more fuel-efficient car.
Guests who are hungry can eat at the Overlook Restaurant. At the heart of Rolling Hills Zoo, the experience does not stop just because it is mealtime. With a beautiful view of the zoo, guests enjoy grill items, salads, ice cream, cookies, a variety of hot and cold drinks, and other treats. Inside the restaurant is seating for up to forty guests, and the patio holds up to two hundred.
The Overlook Restaurant offers catering for special events with boxed lunches, burgers, smoked brisket, and ribs. Leave the cooking, serving, and cleaning to the professionals and enjoy a day at the zoo.
The Safari Station gift shop specializes in merchandise for all nature enthusiasts, and guests can choose from a variety of gifts and souvenirs. Plush animals, jewelry, toys, tee shirts, and more are available during regular zoo hours.
The building that houses the Safari Station was originally the Union Pacific Train Depot in Tescott, Kansas. Built in the mid-1800s and opened in 1887, the station served Salina, Lincoln, and Western Railroad, the predecessor of Union Pacific. Passenger trains and freight trains passed through regularly on their cross-country trips to the coasts.
As railroad use slowed, business at the depot dwindled. When a Lutheran church purchased the depot, it moved to private land. After being used as a retreat center, it fell into disrepair and sat empty for many years. In 1995, it was renovated, and the new building moved to Rolling Hills Zoo where it transformed into the ticket booth and gift shop.
Rolling Hills Zoo is a hidden treasure that offers a one of a kind experience in the heart of Kansas. Visitors can treat Rolling Hills Zoo as their unique destination or compliment any vacation plans with a short trip to see the animals and go home with an experience they will never forget.
Rolling Hills Zoo 625 N. Hedville Road, Salina KS 67401, Phone: 785-827-9488