What's New at the Zoo
Species Spotlight-Birds of Prey
On the fourth Saturday of each month we will shine the spotlight on an amazing animal species and in April we are focusing on birds of prey. On Saturday, April 25, Species Spotlight is all about vultures, eagles and our Wings of Wonder stars.
Join us for a Zoo Keeper chat and enrichment at the Lappet-Faced Vulture exhibit at 11:30 a.m. and then head over to the Bateleur Eagle exhibit for a Zoo Keeper chat and enrichment at 1:30 p.m. Don't miss the Wings of Wonder bird shows in the lobby auditorium at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. You will meet the stars of the show that are also birds of prey. The lobby will be full fun! Participate in birds of prey activities and be sure to grab your vulture and eagle trading cards, and collect them all year long at Species Spotlight. All activities are included with Zoo admission!
Autism Awareness Day
On Sunday, April 26 the Zoo welcomes families involved with autism spectrum disorder to enjoy a day at the Zoo. The Zoo will provide free admission to people with autism and reduced admission of $5.50 per person for everyone accompanying them to the Zoo.
We will have special activities in the Zoo Learning Center from 10 am. to 3 p.m. Craft projects, animal encounters and hand-on tactile experiences will be offered for the entire family. Catch a special presentation of the Wings of Wonder bird show at 11 a.m. If you need a quiet place to relax, we are also offering quiet rooms in the Zoo Learning Center and Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
Family Fun Fiesta
The Kansas City Zoo has partnered with Mattie Rhodes Center for Family Fun Fiesta on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. Enjoy cultural crafts provided by the Mattie Rhodes Center. Create your own tissue paper flowers, animal masks and more! Bring your camera and have your picture taken with two famous princesses. A roaming mariachi band is sure to put you in the fiesta spirit. All Family Fun Fiesta activities will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It's time for our sheep to get a spring haircut. Head out to the Sheep Station in Australia on Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. for our Sheep Sheering! Zoo Keepers will also be on hand to talk about why this sheering is necessary and how it helps the sheep prepare for the warmer summer temperatures.
Mother's Day at the Zoo
What better way to celebrate Mom than with a relaxing day at the Kansas City Zoo. Moms will receive FREE admission on Mother's Day, Sunday May 10. The treats don't stop there! The Zoo will also be giving Mom a beautiful carnation thanks to our friends at Apple Market. See the Zoo's newest Moms, our chimpanzee mama Rachel and her new baby boy and Macari, our pregnant gorilla. Bring Mom to the Zoo for a wild time with her cubs!
Penguin Chick Hatches
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the addition a Humboldt Penguin chick? Humboldt penguins, native to South America, are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. The Kansas City Zoo is working to save this species by being a part of a captive breeding program as well as making a difference in their native habitat. The Zoo is a partner in a conservation consortium that is working to preserve the breeding areas of these birds in Punta San Juan, Peru. Hatched just days ago, the chick is getting bigger and stronger every day. Hatched on April 12, it weighed just 79 grams (.17 pounds). Experienced parents, Beatriz and Vito, are taking good care of the chick, which now, just over a week later, weighs 330 grams (.72 pounds). The chick is being cared for in a nesting box inside the exhibit and at this time is not visible to the public – but stay tuned for the waddling and learning to swim.
It’s a BOY!
Kansas City Zoo welcomed a baby chimpanzee on Friday, March 27. Experienced mom, Rachel, age 40, is bonding with her newborn son. He is nursing, cuddling and looking extremely adorable! On March 31 the baby chimpanzee went out on exhibit for the first time. You can see him and the rest of the chimp troop when the weather is above 65 degrees. Mom will keep the yet-to-be-named baby close to her, 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 is being very attentive and protective of this new baby boy. The father will not be known until well after the birth when genetic testing can take place.
We've confirmed that experienced mom, Makari (Ma-CAR-ee), age 27, is expecting! Our Veterinarians have confirmed the pregnancy via ultrasound with a due date sometime in June! 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. Gorillas have a 245+ day gestation period followed by an unassisted birthing process. Offspring are born nearly helpless except to cling to their mother’s fur and to nurse. Young gorillas stay with their mothers for several years after birth. Makari has been very cooperative during routine ultrasounds, check-ups and urine testing. Staff will continue to closely observe her to ensure the baby is developing properly. Makari and the rest of our gorilla troop will be visible to the public when temperatures are 50 degrees or warmer.
Jazzoo Tickets Available Now
Tickets for the wildest party in town are now on sale! Get your tickets for Jazzoo 2015 and "Party Under the Canopy" as we celebrate the new Orangutan Canopy Exhibit. Online ticket purchase will close at noon on Friday, June 5. Tickets purchased before then can be picked up at Will Call. Tickets can be purchased at Guest Relations the night of the event.
Orangutan Canopy Is Underway
The official ground breaking of Orangutan Canopy was Wednesday, August 27 and construction on the new exhibit is underway. It will look very different from the existing one on Tiger Trail and will include a large outdoor habitat with a canopy and hillside trail that will challenge both the dexterity and intelligence of our orangutans while offering viewing of our apes like never before.
The current indoor orangutan room will be transformed into an "Orangutan University" that will serve as a fitness studio and learning lab for our apes and our guests. We are so excited to give our Orangutans a brand new home! The Zoological District along with many donors helped to make Orangutan Canopy possible. Check back for construction updates in the coming months. The exhibit is scheduled to open in May of 2015
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.
When Science Attacks
Join us for our all new homeschool class: When Science Attacks! Classes this year will explore the world of science through animals and nature and is perfect for children K-8th grade. Join us twice a month from January thru April to see the Zoo in a whole new way. To participate in When Science Attacks you must be a FOTZ member. If you have questions or want to register, please call 816-595-1765.
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.
Join Randy Wisthoff to Discover the Rhine River
Join Zoo Executive Director/CEO, Randy Wisthoff on an enchanting Rhine River Cruise. Explore Europe in style including stops at several European Zoos on this 9 day trip in July 2015. If you would like more information or are interested making your Rhine River Cruise reservations, please email email@example.com.
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!