What's New at the Zoo
Sustainable Seafood Soiree
It’s delicious, but is it sustainable? Find out at the third annual Sustainable Seafood Soiree on Saturday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy an adult only evening of succulent seafood and refreshing drinks while learning how to make sustainable seafood choices. Cooking demonstrations provided by Jax Fish House, McGonigles and HyVee will show you how to prepare sustainable seafood options while you sample the amazing creations with a side of seafood education.
Bid on amazing silent auction items, including Royals opening day tickets, an autographed Chiefs football and an invitation to the VIP opening of Orangutan Canopy.
Using sustainable seafood helps the conservation of animals such as sea lions and penguins. Join us in Helzberg Penguin Plaza and Tuxedo Grill for the Sustainable Seafood Soiree. Tickets are $35 for FOTZ Members and $45 for Non-FOTZ Members and include two drinks tickets, heavy appetizers, and sea-sational fun!
Family Science Night-Mechanical Mania
What do a seesaw, hammer, and a broom all have in common? They are simple machines! Find out what other mechanical wonders lie in plain sight at Family Science Night on Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of ed-zoo-cational activities and mind-bending experiments that are all about machines. Learn about levers, planes, wedges, pulleys and more and then build your own! Family Science Night is perfect for children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. All junior scientists must have an adult with them. Family Science Night activities are in the lobby and are complimentary.
Zootastik Learning Fest-Butterfly Bonanza
Learn all about the beautiful world of butterflies on Saturday, March 14 at our Zootastik Learning Fest. Butterfly Bonanza will explore the life cycle of butterflies and their environments. Activities take place in the Zoo Lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are included in regular admission. You can participate in a variety of games and crafts while learning all about one of the most beautiful insects.
It's a bird...it's a plane...it's superhero weekend at the Zoo! On Saturday and Sunday, March 21 & 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with your favorite super hero. On Saturday, meet Captain America and Iron Man. On Sunday, meet Spider-Man and Thor.
FOTZ Exclusive Meet the CEO Morning /Orangutan Canopy Sneak Peek
Meet the person who makes it all happen, Randy Wisthoff, CEO/Executive Director of the Kansas City Zoo. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, Randy will be meeting with FOTZ members and talking about the Zoo's plan for the future at Tuxedo Grill. Check out the breakfast special available for purchase while you are there. You will also get a sneak peek of the progress being made on the brand new exhibit, Orangutan Canopy between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Check out this project in the construction phase and get excited for its opening.
Dancing Like Animals; KC Ballet at the Zoo
See how animal movements are similar to dance when the KC Ballet visits the Zoo! Join us on Saturday, March 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. Zoo educators and dancers from the KC Ballet will be at will be at different animal exhibits demonstrating how dance can be inspired by animals. Visit the trumpeter swan, polar bear, penguin and gibbon exhibits and learn about the symmetry between animal movement and dance choreography. The KC Ballet dancers will also be doing a short performance outside Helzberg Penguin Plaza at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
This is not your average egg hunt! Many animals at the Zoo lay eggs, can you find them all? Find out at our egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you will travel the Zoo locating different animal eggs while you learn about the animals that lay them.
GO BLUE for the boys in blue! Join us on Saturday, April 4 as we celebrate the kick-off of baseball season before the KC Royals home opener. Our animals will be enjoying special enrichment items like t-shirts, cups and scarfs donated to them by the KC Royals. Rhinos and Elephants will be enjoying "baseball" melons and Nikita is showing his team spirit with one of his favorite enrichment items. Find out how our animals look in "Royal Blue" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Party for the Planet
Help us celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet. On Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join in Earth Day activities and learn how you can participate in conservation programs at home. High school artists will be painting live all around the Zoo. Visit our face painters and create a painting of your own. Meet PBS Kids' Sid the Science Kid from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Helzberg Penguin Plaza. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Sid then pick up his free activity book.
Scraps to Sculptures
Can you turn scraps into sculptures? Join the contest by creating a masterpiece out of household scraps and submit your entry. Entries need to be dropped off at Guest Relations by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Zoo guests will pick the winner at our Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 11. Voting will take place at 2 p.m. Find out how how to enter.
Experienced mom, Rachel, age 40, is expecting! Our Veterinarians have confirmed the pregnancy is progressing as planned with a due date in March. Rachel is the mother of 18 year old twins Teetoo and Teeoni . Rachel is a fantastic mother as raising twins successfully is uncommon, she is known to be very attentive and protective. The father will not be known until well after the birth when genetic testing can take place.
Chimpanzees have a 220+ day gestation period followed by an unassisted birthing process. Rachel has been very cooperative during routine ultrasound, check-ups and urine testing. A video progression of multiple ultrasounds is hosted on our website KansasCityZoo.org.
Staff will continue to closely observe Rachel to ensure the baby is developing properly.
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.
Gentoo Chicks Are Growing Fast
We welcomed two Gentoo penguin chicks in December and they are growing by “waddles and hops.” Those fluffy little chicks weighed just 100 grams when they hatched and have grown 24X their hatch weight. Standing almost as tall as Mom and Dad, these adorable chicks are starting to venture out. Both chicks turn one month old this week but they won’t fledge the nest until they are about 70 days old. You will have to wait a bit to see them torpedoing through the water because at this point they can’t swim. First they must lose all of their down feathers and grow in their adult waterproof feathers which will happen around the 90 day mark.
Both chicks are nesting right by the upper viewing window inside the Junior League of Kansas City, Mo Penguin Ice Paradise. Hurry to catch them in their fluffy down before they are all grown up!
Helzberg Penguin Plaza Maintenance
We apologize for the inconvenience, our cold water penguin exhibit is under maintenance. The Rockhopper, Kings and Gentoo penguins are residing behind the scenes and will return to the exhibit very soon. Humboldt Penguins are still on display with Zoo Keeper Chats and Feedings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Discounted Jazzoo Tickets Available Now
Discounted tickets for Jazzoo 2015 are available now! Take advantage of reduced pricing to the Zoo's largest and wildest fundraiser. Normally priced at $175, you can buy them for $150 until midnight on February 28. 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!