What's New at the Zoo
FOTZ Members Bring Complimentary Guests on Christmas Weekend
It's "the more the merrier" for Friends of the Zoo members during the weekend following Christmas. FOTZ members are invited to bring up to four guests to receive complimentary admission on December 26, 27 & 28. The Zoo is closed on Christmas Day.
Un-Deck The Halls
Un-stuff the stockings and un-trim the tree! Spend the weekend after Christmas un-decking the Halls with our animals. On Friday, December 26, Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28, visit the Zoo and watch as our animals enjoy some post-Christmas enrichment at scheduled times from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tigers, red pandas, macaws and more are getting in on the action. Our sea lions will also be getting a Christmas Tree. See what they do with it at 2 p.m.
Zoo Year's Eve
Spend New Year's Eve the Zoo way at Zoo Year's Eve! On Wednesday, December 31 our animals are ringing in the new year with festive enrichment items from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Four Sea Lions Means Four Times The Splash
Two new sea lions, Tamale and Debby, joined Sunshine and Delilah in the Sea Lion pool for four times the splash! All four sea lions are female. Tamale came to us from Sea World Orlando and is two years old. Debby came from Sea World San Antonio and is three years old. Debby will easily be spotted in the pool; she is the biggest of the four. Check out the Sea Lion Splash at 1:30 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends.
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 Summer 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 September thru December 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. Learn more
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!