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Hoots & Howls

Fall into fun at the Kansas City Zoo! Hoots and Howls is packed with fun for all ages!  During the first three weekends of October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze and have your face painted like your favorite animal. Sing along with our interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Visit the Slitherin Snake Shed, enjoy a hayride around the Zoo, create a wild craft and hear a spooky tale in the lobby. Be sure to stop by the Zoo's Pumpkin Patch for a memorable photo opportunity. Our animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day.

On October 10 & 11, get buggy with us. Hoots and Howls gets creepy crawly when K-State brings their traveling insect Zoo. Check out the Mad Science experiments and learn more about Pediatric Wellness from Research Medical Center. On October 17 & 18 join us for Croctoberfest! Learn all about Crocs while you explore a crocodile nest at our exhibit in Africa. 

Columbus Day-Kids are Free! 

On Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, kids are FREE at the Kansas City Zoo with the purchase of an adult admission ticket. Bring the kiddos and spend a relaxing day at the Zoo! 

Boss' Day at the Zoo

Treat your boss to a day at the Zoo on National Boss' Day! On Friday, October 16, celebrate your boss by spending a relaxing day at the Zoo. Boss' receive FREE admission with the purchase of another adult admission. Get out of the office and enjoy the sunshine at the Kansas City Zoo!

Tamani's Birthday Party

We're throwing a BIG Birthday party for the Zoo's newest resident. Come to Tamani the elephant's 10th birthday party on Saturday, October 17 and receive a commemorative photo. You can also see him enjoy his favorite enrichment items at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The birthday party will be held at the Elephant Overlook. See you there! 

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

On Saturday, October 17 join us for the third annual,  Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too! From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. enjoy an evening of live music, delicious bites, and a variety of beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards. Live music from national touring act, In the Valley Below and homegrown Buzz band, Grisly Hand.  This event is 21 and over. Appetizers,  music, beer and wine samples as well as two drink tickets are included with your ticket. Last year's event sold out, so don't delay! Tickets are $35 for FOTZ Members and $45 for Non-FOTZ Members. 

Boo at the Zoo 

It's three times the Boo this year. Mark your calendars for Boo at the Zoo on Saturday, October 24, Sunday, October 25, and Halloween on Saturday, October 31. We have treats to go along with our tricks. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. children will trick-or-treat the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Be sure to explore the boneyard graveyard. FOTZ members will enjoy exclusive trick-or-treating on Saturday, October 31 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. 

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. 

Welcome 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!




2015 Featured Events

Oct 10 & 11 Hoots & Howls

Oct 17 & 18 Hoots & Howls

Oct 17  Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too 

Oct 24  Species Spotlight-Monkeys

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-Tigers

Dec 5 Holiday Wild 

Dec 12 Zootastik Learning Fest-Ungulates

December 26  Species Spotlight-Cheetahs