What's New at the Zoo
Zootastik Learning Fest-Amazing Animals
What is the fastest animal? Who is the best jumper? What bird makes the largest nest? What is the fastest flying insect? Find out the answers to these questions and many more as we explore the topic of Amazing Animals at Zootastik Learning Fest this weekend. Join us on Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a scavenger hunt to learn fascinating facts about some of the most amazing animals. We will also explore VIP’s (Very Important Pollinators) and discover why they are so important. Learn how the food you eat every day depends on pollinators and what you can do to help them. All Zootastik Learning Fest activities will be in the lobby and are included in Zoo admission.
Our feathered friends are venturing outside the Helzberg Penguin Plaza! Stop by at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 to see the Penguin March. Our cold weather birds will parade around the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, enjoying the fresh outdoor air. Get an up close encounter with king and gentoo penguins as they strut their stuff for all Zoo guests to see. if you can't make it this weekend, catch the Penguin March the remaining Saturdays and Sundays in February at 11 a.m.
Kiss & Tail
We are turning up the heat at Kiss & Tail! Join us Saturday, February 13 as we explore love in the animal kingdom. How do animals attract a mate and what happens when it's time to get romantic? See their courtship rituals hilariously played out through actors from The Living Room Theatre. You may blush, you will definitely laugh and you might never look at some animals the same way again!
Kiss & Tail begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and live music from Victor & Penny. Then get ready for an eye opening improv presentation on jungle love. This adult only Valentine's event is sure to heat things up! Tickets are $35 for FOTZ members and $45 for Non-FOTZ. Buy Tickets Today
Teddy Bear Clinic
Do you have a teddy bear or stuffed animal in need of some TLC? Bring your favorite friends to the Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and let the volunteers from Kansas City Young Matrons nurse them back to health. We will fix rips, tears and holes and give them a good fluff. Once they are back to tip-top shape, they will receive a clean bill of health. Every stuffed animal needs a little TLC at the Zoo's Teddy Bear Clinic.
Star Wars Weekend
May the force be with you! Meet your favorite Star Wars characters at the Zoo on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28. Bring your camera and capture a memorable photo with Star Wars characters roaming the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Save the date for Jazzoo 2016 and take advantage of discounted Jazzoo tickets! Enjoy reduced pricing to the largest and wildest fundraiser of the year on June 3, 2016. Normally priced at $175 each, you can buy them right now for $150. Don’t delay: this special offer ends on February 15. www.jazzookc.org
Adopt a Wild Child For Valentine’s Day
Show your lovebird how much you care this Valentine’s Day with a gift they’ll never forget – an adoption of one of the Kansas City Zoo’s fanciest, tuxedo-wearing birds – the penguin! What could be more romantic than adopting a bird who mates for life? Your Lovebird package will include a plush penguin, two admission tickets for a Zoo date, an official animal adoption certificate, and a framed photograph of your penguin. To purchase your personalized KC Zoo Lovebird Adopt a Wild Child Package, visit kansascityzoo.org/aawc and enter the promo code: KCLovebird.
Volunteer at the Zoo
Do you have a passion for animals and nature? This is the perfect time to get involved! Anyone interested in volunteering at the Zoo can submit an application via our website, http://www.kansascityzoo.org. Selected volunteers can attend an open house this Thursday, February 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or Sunday, February 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feel free to drop in and learn more about volunteering at the Zoo!
Six Times the Splashing
Two new sea lions have joined our four females and now we have six times the splashing in the sea lion pool. Sunshine, Delilah, Little Debby and Tamale now have company from our new one-year-old sea lions, Luna and Pepper.
The two new sea lions were found stranded on beaches in California, rehabilitated and re-released back into the ocean. Unfortunately both of them were re-stranded. Hearing the need, the Kansas City Zoo offered to help raise these two females. It was quite a journey for these California girls to get to Kansas City. Check out the video of Pepper and Luna's trip. Catch all six sea lions in Sea Lion Splash at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.
See our new baby gorilla, Masika, on exhibit in the African Congo section of the Zoo. On Memorial Day, this adorable baby Western Lowland Gorilla was born marking the first gorilla birth at the KCZoo since 1975. This is the third offspring for 27 year old Mom, Makari. The father is 31 year old silverback Radi (Rah-DEE). The Kansas City Zoo is home to a breeding group of one male and three female Western Lowland Gorillas. This pregnancy was confirmed by our Veterinarians via ultrasound in February. Zoo staff monitored her throughout the pregnancy with great care. You can often see Masika and her mom spending time together near the viewing windows at their exhibit. You can adopt this baby gorilla through our Adopt A Wild Child program.
Swing Into Orangutan Canopy
Come see our six orangutans explore every nook and cranny of this ape-mazing new home! Orangutan Canopy is designed to highlight the fascinating aspects of these intelligent great apes. This 3,400 square foot outdoor habitat will provide Zoo guests with a chance to see Orangutans in a naturalistic environment. See the orangutans from several vantage points from tree tops to forest floor. Zoo Keepers will also be able to conduct live demonstrations and training exercises in the new indoor Orangutan University and see keepers interact with the apes via computer monitors. When you can't be at the Zoo, you can still watch the orangutans via our webcams.
It’s a BOY-Named Milo
Kansas City Zoo welcomed a baby chimpanzee on Friday, March 27. Experienced mom, Rachel, age 40, is doing a great job nurturing her son, names Milo. He is nursing, cuddling and looking extremely adorable! . Mom keeps Milo close by so be patient as you search out this gorgeous tiny primate.
Rachel is also the mother of 18 year old twins and Kansas City Zoo residents, Teetoo and Teeoni. Rachel is a fantastic mother as raising twins successfully is uncommon. She has been very attentive and protective of Milo.
Volunteer at the Zoo
Do you have a passion for animals and nature and want to be a part of our amazing team of volunteers? If you love the Zoo, our animals, and spending time outdoors, this is the perfect time to get involved! Anyone interested in volunteering at the Zoo can submit an application via our website, http://www.kansascityzoo.org/get-involved/volunteer. Selected volunteers will need to attend an open house so we can learn more about your specific volunteering interests and match you accordingly. Become a Zoo volunteer today!
Science Adventure Club
Calling all preschoolers! Do you want to learn about science in a fun and interactive way? Science Adventure Club is just right for you! Children ages 3-5 will learn about different animal related topics each week through songs, stories, crafts, an animal encounter and a brief science lesson. Science Adventure Club meets most Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Zoo Learning Center from 11 a.m. to noon. We recommend that you pre -register as dates fill up quickly. Only $5 per child and an adult chaperone is complimentary.
Try Out Tuxedo Grill
The Tuxedo Grill is open daily and serving up delicious twists on your old favorites. Located just a penguin-hop from Helzberg Penguin Plaza, the restaurant has indoor seating for 100 and offers amazing dishes that are sure to warm you up on a chilly day. Ask about our daily specials. The Tuxedo Grill is also available for evening rentals.
Day Camps Are A Wild Time
An adventure awaits your camper as we explore the animal world from A to Z. When the kids are out of school there is no better entertainment than our Safari Day Camps. This one day camp is fast paced and full of hands-on activities. Or spend a day with Zoo staff doing everything from cleaning exhibits to educating visitors about conservation as a Keeper For A Day for ages 7-18. Sign up today!
Invite ZooED Into Your Clay or Jackson County Classroom
ZooED is the Kansas City Zoo's exclusive curriculum program for 2nd grade, 4th grade, and secondary schools, incorporating science and nature into the classroom. Teachers in the Zoological District may join the program and receive year-long benefits including teaching materials, a free zoomobile, and a free field trip to the Zoo including transportation! Contact the education department for more details. 816-595-1765.
Host Your Corporate Event At The Zoo
Let us plan an exotic evening, memorable meeting, or purr-fect picnic for your company's next outing. Our experienced staff will help you create an event to remember. We can accommodate large and small groups. Start planning your zoo-nique event today!
Let Us Bring The Zoo To You!
Every event is more fun with a visit from the Zoo! Book a Zoomobile for your special event, festival, or community group! Visits include educational artifacts, activities and live animals. Zoo educators and our "animal ambassadors" along with touchable artifacts, will create a one of a kind experience. Zoomobiles are perfect for all ages and can accommodate groups of up to 300 participants. Just choose your date and pick your theme, booking a Zoomobile is that easy!