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Welcome Baby Gorilla 

On Memorial Day, the Zoo welcomed a baby Western Lowland Gorilla. This is the first gorilla birth at the KCZoo since 1975. Both baby and mom are doing well. 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. The unassisted birth went very well and the baby is already nursing. Makari and her baby will be on exhibit soon!  You can adopt this baby gorilla through our Adopt A Wild Child program and get a special gift!  Simply click this link and enter the Discount Code BabyGorilla during your transaction! Hurry, this offer ends Thursday, June 25. 

Orangutan Canopy Is Open! 

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 interact with the apes via computer monitors. When you can't be at the Zoo, you can still watch the orangutans via our webcams. 

Name Our New Warthogs 

Zoo lovers, this is your chance to name two new warthogs at the KCZoo.  See these one-year-old brothers in their exhibit next to our cheetahs in Africa and then cast your vote for their names. Submit your ideas at the Zoo in Guest Relations, on our Facebook page, or via email at askthezoo@fotzkc.org. Our warthogs weigh about 100 pounds right now but they still have lots of growing to do. They will be about 200 pounds when fully grown and their tusks will stretch out to 10 inches long. Right now you can tell them apart because one of the brothers is a bit smaller than the other. Submit your ideas and help name our two new warthogs. Voting on the new warthogs’ names will end on Monday, June 1 at 5 p.m. and the winning names will be announced on Tuesday, June 2.

Job Fair On Friday   

We're hiring! Come to the Kansas City Zoo Job Fair Friday, May 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. We are looking for applicants to fill part-time and seasonal positions in guest services, food & beverage, rides, grounds and more. On-site interviews will be available for qualified applicants. If you can't make it to our job fair, fill out an application online.

Meet a Sporting KC Player at the Zoo

Join us for Sporting KC Day at the Zoo on Sunday, May 31, four Sporting KC players will be on site to play a little one-on-one with our sea lions and penguins and then they will sign autographs for our guests. Try out your soccer skills on the Sporting KC Futsal Court located behind Tropics from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m our animals are getting in the Sporting spirit as well! Animals in Tropics and Discovery Barn will be enjoying special enrichment items like t-shirts, cups and more donated to them by Sporting KC. Our six orangutans are “suiting up” in Sporting KC jerseys and Nikita is showing his team spirit with one of his favorite enrichment items. 

At 1:30 p.m. our sea lions will be playing defense when Sporting KC players Chance Myers and Benny Feilhaber kick soccer balls to them in the sea lion pool.  At 2:30 p.m. head over to Helzberg Penguin Plaza and see Tim Melia and Roger Espinoza brave the cold and dribble the ball to our cold weather penguins. Get your favorite Sporting KC player’s autograph. Chance Myers and Benny Feilhaber will be signing autographs from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and  Tim Melia and Roger Espinoza will be signing autographs from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Autographs will be in the Tropics Field.

Jazzoo Tickets Available Now 

Tickets for the wildest party in town are now on sale! Get your tickets for Jazzoo 2015 and "Party Under the Canopy" as we celebrate the new Orangutan Canopy Exhibit. 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.

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Pardon Our Mess As We Prepare For Jazzoo

In preparation for the biggest fundraiser of the year, only portions of the Zoo will be open on Friday, June 5. Africa, Australia, Tiger Trail and Helzberg Penguin Plaza will remain open. Australia, Tiger Trail, and Helzberg Penguin Plaza will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will only be accessible by train. Africa will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  After 2 p.m. all portions of the Zoo will be closed. Click here to see our special keeper chat schedule for Friday, June 5. 

Zoo Opening Earlier  

What are our animals up to first thing in the morning? Find out on Saturday, May 23 as we begin our early morning hours at 8 a.m. Extended hours will run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. We will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. 

Celebrate Dad 

Celebrate Dad with a relaxing day at the Zoo. Dads will receive complimentary admission on Sunday, June 21 in celebration of Father's Day. The treats don't stop there, Dad will also receive a free hot dog thanks to our friends at Apple Market. It's all about Dad at the Kansas City Zoo  

It’s a BOY! 

Kansas City Zoo welcomed a baby chimpanzee on Friday, March 27. Experienced mom, Rachel, age 40, is bonding with her newborn son. He is nursing, cuddling and looking extremely adorable! On March 31 the baby chimpanzee went out on exhibit for the first time. You can see him and the rest of the chimp troop when the weather is above 65 degrees. Mom will keep the yet-to-be-named baby close to her, 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 is being very attentive and protective of this new baby boy. The father will not be known until well after the birth when genetic testing can take place.

Summer Camps Enrolling Now

Want a wild experience this summer? We are now enrolling for Zoofari Adventures and Junior Zoologist Camps ! These camps are an excellent way for your animal enthusiasts to get the inside scoop about the Zoo’s amazing creatures. Summer camp registration is now open and there are many options for children between the ages of 4 and 15. A typical camp day includes: hands-on learning, animal encounters, Zoo tours, arts & crafts, animal shows, keeper chats, and educational videos. Camps start June 1 and are filling up quickly. Sign up 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. 

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 montoyacollins@fotzkc.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!




2015 Featured Events

June 5 Jazzoo

June 13 World Oceans Day/ZLF

June  21 Father's Day

June 27 Species Spotlight

July 11 Zootastik Learning Fest- Turtles

July 18 Wildly Fun Event

July 25 Species Spotlight

Aug 1 Back to School Day

Aug 8 Migratory Bird Day/ZLF

Aug 22 Species Spotlight

Sept 12 Zootastik Learning Fest-Elephants

Sept 26 Zoo Run/ Species Spotlight

Oct 3 & 4 Hoots & Howls

Oct 10 & 11 Hoots & Howls

Oct 17 & 18 Hoots & Howls

Oct 17  Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too 

Oct 24, 25 & 31  Boo at the Zoo

Nov 7 Great Pumpkin Smash

Nov 14 Zootastik Learning Fest-Red Panda Day

Nov 14 Nikita's Birthday Party

Nov 28 Species Spotlight

Dec 5 Holiday Wild 

Dec 12 Zootastik Learning Fest-Ungulates




Jazzoo 2015

Get your tickets for Jazzoo 2015 today! Party under the canopy while you support the Kansas City Zoo