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Sky Safari Maintenance 

The Sky Safari will be closed due to scheduled maintenance on Thursday, July 31 and will reopen on Friday, August 1. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Christmas in July 

It may be Summer but we are bringing back the holiday spirit with Christmas in July. Our 1,100 animals need love year round and we are asking for your help! Animal enrichment is an important part of keeping our animals happy and healthy. Many of these enrichment items can be found in your home. Maybe you were going to throw out that old bucket, but Nikita and Berlin would love to play with it. 

During the month of July, we are asking our Zoo lovers to choose an item from the giving tree in the lobby gift shop or the virtual giving tree and donate that item to our animals.

We will be distributing your donated enrichment items at our Wildly Fun Day on Saturday, July 19 and our Back to School Day on Saturday, August 2.  Items can be dropped off at Guest Relations during normal business hours. Thank you for your generosity in July!

National Zoo Keeper Week 

From working with animals to cleaning up after them, there are few harder jobs in a zoo than that of a Zoo Keeper. It's National Zoo Keeper Week and we are honoring all the men and women who work hard to care for our animals and who can't be thanked enough for all they do!Hear from our keepers about the best parts of the job in this special video

If you want to be a Zoo Keeper someday, you can get hands-on experience with our Keeper for A Day program. Spend a day with Zoo staff doing everything from cleaning exhibits to preparing diets and learning the basics of animal handling. We offer Keeper for a Day for all age groups. Mini Zoo Keeper for ages 7-12, Junior Zoo Keeper for ages 13-18 and Adult Zoo Keeper for 19 and over. Registration is required and dates fill up quickly.  Sign up for your Zoo Keeper experience today! 

Back to School Day 

It's almost time to say goodbye to summer and prepare to hit the books once again. We are kicking off the new school year with our Back to School Day on Saturday, August 2. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. area bands will entertain you as you enjoy your last days of Summer break. 

Stop by a Zoo keeper chat and watch our animals be enriched by the generosity of our amazing Zoo supporters who donated items during our Christmas in July promotion. 

Putt & Play for Polar Bears 

Put your putt putt prowess to use on Friday, August 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. All monies raised at the event goes directly to green projects that help decrease the damage being done to the polar bear’s natural home in the wild.

The Zoo’s keeper staff that work with our rock star polar bears, Berlin and Nikita, affectionately dubbed the “team polar bear,” organized this event. Taking place at Paradise Park, guests can enjoy the on-site activities as well as take part in a raffle and silent auction, which includes items like a cast of Nikita’s footprint.  All proceeds go directly to help the polar bears living in the wild.

World Elephant Day

Join us for World Elephant Day on Tuesday, August 12 and help us celebrate these majestic animals by "going grey" for Elephants. Wear Grey to increase awareness for the vulnerable African Elephant species and visit our six female elephants, Lady, Lea, Lois, Tattoo, Zoe and Megan. 

Try Out Tuxedo Grill 

The Tuxedo Grill is now open and serving up delicious twists on your old favorites. Located just a penguin-hop from Helzberg Penguin Plaza, the new restaurant has indoor seating for 100, outdoor seating for 200 and updated restrooms accessible from both inside and outside the restaurant.  Items are Zoo-licious and expand the Zoo's food and beverage offering for all ages and all tastes. Try them all and share with us your favorites. The Tuxedo Grill is also available for evening rentals. 

Zoo Opening Early Through Labor Day Weekend 

Wake up with us! We will be opening at 8:00 a.m. every day from through September 1. The early morning hours will give you a chance to see the animals waking up and watch them when they are most active. We also added a couple early morning Zoo Keeper chats. See schedule 

Kansas City Zoo Run- New Date!

Out of respect for the Yom Kippur holiday, the Kansas City Zoo “Run for the King Penguins” date has changed to Sunday, October 5. There is no change to the start times. The 4-mile will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 1-mile family fun run will start at 9:45 a.m. We apologize for this adjustment and hope you can still participate with us on Sunday, October 5, 2014.  Registration and additional information are available at

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

On Saturday, October 18 join us for the second annual,  Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too! From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. enjoy an evening of live music, delicious bites, and a variety of beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards. This event is 21 and over. Food, music, beer and wine samples as well as two drink tickets are included with your ticket. Tickets are $30 for FOTZ Members and $35 for Non-FOTZ Members. Sign in with your FOTZ Member number to receive your discount. Buy Tickets Learn More 

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

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! There is still time to register for Summer, week-long day camps. Two are available, Zoofari Adventures and Junior Zoologist, serving ages 4-15. Pick your date 

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!


2014 Special Event Schedule

Aug 2      Back to School Day

Oct 5        Run for the Penguins Zoo Run

Oct 4 & 5, 11&12, 18 & 19            Hoots and Howls

Oct 18   Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

Oct 25 & 26  Boo at the Zoo 

Nov 1       Great Pumpkin Smash

Nov 15     Nikita's Birthday

Dec 6       Holiday Wild 




Join us on October 18, 2014 for Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

Get tickets today!