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Zoo Closed on Thanksgiving Day 

Happy Thanksgiving to all! The Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will reopen on Friday, November 27 at 9:30 a.m.

The More The Merrier on Thanksgiving Weekend 

Friends of the Zoo members are invited to bring up to four guests with them to the Zoo on Thanksgiving weekend. Take advantage of the complimentary admission for FOTZ members' guests on Friday, November 27, Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29. Residents of Clay and Jackson county can also use their Postcard to Adventure bonus coupon during those same three days after Thanksgiving. 

Santa Dives with Penguins 

What's red and swimming with the penguins? Santa, of course! On November 27, 28 & 29 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. get a one-of-a-kind photo of Santa underwater inside the Helzberg Penguin Plaza cold water exhibit as the penguins torpedo around him. Take a family photo will the Jolly Old Elf. This is one family memory you don't want to miss! Santa will also be diving during the first three weekends of December at 11 a.m. 

Species Spotlight-Tigers

On the fourth Saturday of each month we shine the spotlight on amazing animal species. On Saturday, November 28, we are focusing on our tiger, Langka.  Visit the tiger exhibit on Tiger Trail for Zoo Keeper chats at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Be sure to visit the lobby for crafts and to learn more about tigers. You can also pick up your tiger trading card. You can collect them all year long at Species Spotlight. All activities are included with Zoo admission! 

Lions and Christmas Trees

Bring your pride to see the Zoo's pride receive holiday trees filled with only the finest feline gifts on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. What does a lion do with a bow and wrapping paper? Find out at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Nikita's Going Away Party 

It's a sad time but we are staying positive as we prepare for Nikita's departure. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 19  we are saying farewell to Nikita by throwing him a going away party! We will have polar-rific crafts, activities  and more! Hear from Zoo Keeper's on their favorite moments working with him at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. See him receive a very special enrichment item at 1:30 p.m. that was made from all the cards and letters his biggest fans have given us. 

Zoo Year's Eve 

Watch the "ball drop" to the animals at noon during Zoo Year's Eve on Thursday, December 31. Penguins, polar bears, and many more animals will be enjoy festive enrichment items all morning leading up to a ball drop at 12 p.m. Wish Nikita all the best as he prepares for his new adventure in the new year.  

Six Times the Splashing 

Two new sea lions have joined our four females and now we have six times the splashing in the sea lion pool.  Sunshine, Delilah, Little Debby and Tamale now have company from our new one-year-old sea lions, Luna and Pepper. 

The two new sea lions were found stranded on beaches in California, rehabilitated and re-released back into the ocean. Unfortunately both of them were re-stranded. Hearing the need, the Kansas City Zoo offered to help raise these two females. It was quite a journey for these California girls to get to Kansas City. Check out the video of Pepper and Luna's trip. Catch all six sea lions in Sea Lion Splash at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. 

Baby Gorilla 

See our new baby gorilla, Masika, on exhibit in the African Congo section of the Zoo. On Memorial Day, this adorable baby Western Lowland Gorilla was born marking the first gorilla birth at the KCZoo since 1975. This is the third offspring for 27 year old Mom, Makari. 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. This pregnancy was confirmed by our Veterinarians via ultrasound in February. Zoo staff monitored her throughout the pregnancy with great care. You can often see Masika and her mom spending time together near the viewing windows at their exhibit.  You can adopt this baby gorilla through our Adopt A Wild Child program.  

Swing Into Orangutan Canopy 

Come see our six orangutans explore every nook and cranny of this ape-mazing new home! Orangutan Canopy is designed to highlight the fascinating aspects of these intelligent great apes. This 3,400 square foot outdoor habitat will provide Zoo guests with a chance to see Orangutans in a naturalistic environment.  See the orangutans from several vantage points from tree tops to forest floor. Zoo Keepers will also be able to conduct live demonstrations and training exercises in the new indoor Orangutan University and see keepers interact with the apes via computer monitors. When you can't be at the Zoo, you can still watch the orangutans via our webcams. 

It’s a BOY-Named Milo

Kansas City Zoo welcomed a baby chimpanzee on Friday, March 27. Experienced mom, Rachel, age 40, is doing a great job nurturing her son, names Milo. He is nursing, cuddling and looking extremely adorable! . Mom keeps Milo close by 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 has been very attentive and protective of Milo. 

Barrels For Bears

Barrels are one of Nikita's favorite enrichment items. Many guests have heard his stomping, bouncing and crushing from all over the Zoo.  Now you have the chance to make Nikita's day a barrel of fun! A $100 donation purchases a barrel for Nikita to enjoy on exhibit. For a $1,000 donation, you can add a name or other approved artwork to the barrel and best of all, you get to keep the barrel after Nikita is done enjoying it! All donations to Barrels for Bears go to conservation programs at the Kansas City Zoo. Click here to purchase your barrel. 

Volunteer at the Zoo 

Do you have a passion for animals and nature and want to be a part of our amazing team of volunteers? If you love the Zoo, our animals, and spending time outdoors, this is the perfect time to get involved!  Anyone interested in volunteering at the Zoo can submit an application via our website, http://www.kansascityzoo.org/get-involved/volunteer. Selected volunteers will need to attend an open house so we can learn more about your specific volunteering interests and match you accordingly. Join our upcoming open house on Sunday, September 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feel free to drop into either open house to learn more and sign up to volunteer.     Become a Zoo volunteer today! 

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.

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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. 

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!