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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!

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.Find out more about this exciting opportunity on Wednesday, July 23. Mark Comfort from Cruise Holidays will be at the Zoo for a special presentation and Q & A about the Rhine River Cruise from 5 to 8 p.m. If you are interested in attending the presentation on July 8 or want to make your Rhine River Cruise reservations, please email

Back to School Day 

Get ready for another school year at the Zoo's Back to School Day on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Area bands will entertain you as you prepare for a return to school. Celebrate your last days of the Summer break with us at the Zoo!

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.

Zoo Babies 

We welcomed several youngsters in the past few months. Come out and see them in person! 

Giraffe Calf
 On March 15, Mahali, one of our female Giraffes gave birth to a male calf, which was named George. George was six feet tall and weighed 175 lbs at birth. He is now on exhibit. See how he compares in size to our other Masai Giraffes. Spot him from overhead on the African Sky Safari or get a close up view from the Treetops viewing deck. 

Red River Hog Three Red River Hog piglets were born on April 12. The third litter for our breeding couple, this time it was two girls and a boy. Each piglet weighed just over 1.5 lbs at birth. You can find the piglets rolling all around their exhibit in Africa.

Kudu Calf  A female lesser kudu calf was also born this spring. Weighing 12 lbs. at birth, the calf named Parker, is staying close to Mom these days. You can see her exploring the Plains exhibit near the Zebras.

Red Kangaroo Joeys Several of our kangaroos are carrying a little extra weight these days. You can find joeys hiding out in the pouches of their mothers as they hop all over Australia. See if you can catch one peeking out!

Macaw Chicks It's three new chicks for our expanding Macaw family! The first chick hatched on May 8, then the second followed on May 11 and the third hatched on May 14.This is the first set of chicks for mom and dad and they have both been doing a great job taking care of them. Right now you can see the chicks in their nest in the Discovery Barn. In another month, they will begin venturing out of the nest and you can get an even better view of their bright and beautiful feathers. 

Tuxedo Grill Is Open 

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 will be Zoo-licious and will expand the Zoo's food and beverage offering for all ages and all tastes. Try them all and share with us your favorites.

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. If you have already signed up and are unable to attend on Sunday, October 5, please let us know by July 16 for a full refund at 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 

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! 




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!