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Please note: Chimps and gorillas will be off exhibit.

Due to exhibit maintenance our chimps and gorillas will be off exhibit.  Thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions please call 816-595-1234.

Jazzoo Tickets Available Now  

Tickets to Kansas City's wildest fundraiser are now available! This event helps raise funds for children’s educational programs and feeds the Zoo’s more than 1,100 animals. Mark your calendars for Friday, June 6, 2014 for our 25th anniversary event. Guests will enjoy delicious dishes from many Kansas City area restaurants, limitless libations and entertainment throughout the night on four different stages. Your ticket is your passport to adventure. Show us your animal inspired creative black-tie attire and make a grand entrance at Jazzoo.

Tickets for Jazzoo are $175 per person. This is one event you don't want to miss! Learn more  Buy Tickets

Zoo Closing Early for Jazzoo

Pardon our mess as we deck the Zoo for JAZZOO, the Zoo’s largest fundraiser. On Friday, June 6, only the Africa portion of the Zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Helzberg Penguin Plaza will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Tiger Trail, Australia and KidZone, including Polar Bear Passage, Discovery Barn, the Endangered Species Carousel, the train and Sea Lions will be closed. 

Admission will only be $7 or $4 for Zoological District residents and, as always, Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) Members are free. Also on Friday, June 6, rides on the tram, boat, and African sky safari will be complimentary.  Special keeper chats in Africa have also been arranged just for you! 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we get ready for our biggest and wildest fundraiser of the year!

Party For The Planet

We are celebrating Mother Earth with a Party for the Planet. Join us for Earth Day activities on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. High school artists will be painting live all around the Zoo. Have your own painting created on your canvas by our face painters. Interact with roving puppets from the Stone Lion Puppet Theater. Learn about conservation programs and activities that you can do at home.  Join in the Scraps to Sculptures contest by creating a masterpiece out of household scraps and submit your entry. Zoo guests will vote on the best sculptures and prizes will be awarded. Come party for our planet at the Zoo. Thanks to Door to Door Organics for sponsoring this event.  Learn more 

Scraps To Sculptures

Create a masterpiece out of your household scraps and enter the Scraps To Sculptures contest. On Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the sculptures you have created out of everyday scraps will be on display during the Zoo's Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet. Learn more 

Zoo Manoo

Spring planting is in full swing and we're having a Zoo Manoo on sale Saturday, Saturday, April 19 from 8 to 11 a.m. you can pick up some Zoo Manoo; fertilizer made by our animals in the Cheetah Parking Lot.   We make our own Zoo Manoo through our composting efforts at the Zoo. It's good for your plants, gardens and flowers because it's enriched with the best natural ingredients from our Zoo friends. Adding Zoo Manoo to your soil will enhance water and nutrient retention and improve soil texture. The cost is $25 per truck load; $20 for FOTZ members.

Sustainable Seafood Soiree

Enjoy an adult only evening of delicious seafood and drinks while learning how to select sustainable seafood on your own. Join us for our Sustainable Seafood Soiree on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. Sensational, sustainable fish dishes will be prepared by McGonigle’s Market as you learn how using sustainable seafood helps the conservation of animals such as sea lions and penguins. Tickets are $30 for FOTZ Members and $35 for Non-FOTZ Members and include two drinks tickets, heavy appetizers, and sea-sational fun! Buy Tickets

Scout Day 

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in their uniforms and their immediate family members get $4 admission on Saturday, April 26. Scouts can participate in activity stations in the lobby. The reduced admission is good all day and the Scout related activities run from 10am-3pm.

Teacher Appreciation Day

We are honoring teachers, administrators and home school educators with free admission for themselves and three guests on Saturday, May 3.  Just bring your teacher ID for admittance. While you're here, you can learn more about our Zoo-Ed program and how it can bring the Zoo right to your classroom.

Mother's Day

Moms will receive FREE admission on Mother's Day, Sunday May 11. The treats don't stop there; Moms will get a voucher for a free sweet treat redeemable at any Zoo concession stand. Enjoy a wild time at the Zoo with your wild ones!

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

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! It's 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! 

Tuxedo Grill - under construction

The former Carousel Café concession stand is now demolished and a new indoor/outdoor restaurant is being built.  Tuxedo Grill will have indoor seating for 100, outdoor seating for 200 and updated restrooms accessible from both inside and outside the restaurant.  Items will be Zoo-licious and will expand the Zoo's food and beverage offering for all ages and all tastes.  Tuxedo Grill is scheduled to open in May 2014.



2014 Special Event Schedule

April 19     Party for the Planet

April 24    Seafood Soiree

April 26     Scout Day

May 3       Teacher Appreciation

May 11     Mother's Day

May 17     Endangered Species Day

June 6      Jazzoo

June 7      World Ocean Day

June 15    Father's Day

July 19    Wildly Fun Day

Aug 2      Back to School Day

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 



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