What's New at the Zoo
How Much Do You Love Nikita?
We want to hear all about it. Share your favorite Nikita memory and win the opportunity to give our rock star polar bear a personalized going away gift. Nikita's favorite enrichment items are barrels so one lucky winner will be able to decorate a barrel and give it to him at Barrels of Love for Nikita on September 19.
Describe your memory in 200 words or less and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be collected until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 11. We will pick the winning entry and that person or family will come to the Zoo and decorate the barrel. Show your Barrels of Love for Nikita and submit your favorite memory today!
Cool off at SnowZoo on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30. Beat the heat with the animals. Nikita and Berlin will enjoy an icy paradise when we dump three tons of ice into the Polar Bear Passage. Many of our animals will also be enjoying icy treats. Check out all the cool action from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. What winter wonderland is complete without the queen of all things winter? Bring a camera and have your picture taken with our popular winter princesses. Cool down at SnowZoo!
Meet your favorite superhero at the Zoo! On Saturday and Sunday, September 5 & 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can meet and take your picture with Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Hulk and female superhero, Black Widow in our Tropics Tent. Bring your camera and meet Ant-Man and Hulk on Saturday and Spider-Man and Black Widow on Sunday.
A Hippo Sized Birthday Party
Labor Day marks a very special occasion at the Zoo! Our hippo, Labor Day, is turning 32 and we are throwing a hippo sized birthday party just for her on Monday, September 7. Our keepers have prepared a few presents for the birthday girl. Labor Day will be receiving her favorite enrichment items, a whole watermelon which she can devour with one clamp of her mouth and a specially decorated barrel she can splash around with. No need to RSVP; all guests are welcome. See you at Labor Day's birthday party.
Chiefs Day at the Zoo
It's almost time for Football season! Before the Kansas City Chiefs take the field for the first regular season game, our animals are getting in the spirit with some punting, passing and tackling of their own! Head out to the Zoo on Saturday, September 12 for Chiefs Day at the Zoo. Chiefs Cheerleaders, KC Wolf and even Warpaint and Susie are all making an appearance. Former Chiefs player Danan Hughes will also be on hand to punt with our very talented wide receiver and resident sea lion, Delilah, during the Sea Lion Splash show at 10:30 a.m.
Animals in Discovery Barn, Tropics, and our feathered friends in Helzberg Penguin Plaza will enjoy a sea of red enrichment items donated to them by the Chiefs. Nikita will tackle a Chiefs Kingdom barrel and our Orangutans are suiting up in their very own personalized Chiefs jerseys.
Show your spirit by wearing Chiefs apparel and save $1 off the price of admission. This is one pre-game you don't want to miss!
Take a walk down under and join us at our Boomerang Bash in Australia on Sunday, September 13. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. enjoy live music and cold beverages in the summer sun. Watch the kangaroos from the Bluey's deck while you sip on beer and wine.
Journey to Africa and join us at our Safari Party in the African Market on Sunday, September 20. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. enjoy live music and cold beverages in the summer sun. Watch the cheetahs take an afternoon siesta while you sip on beer and wine offerings. Docents will be sharing facinating stories about our African animals at the cheetah and warthog exhibits. Zoo Keepers will also be hosting a giraffe chat at 2 p.m.
Run for the orangutans! Join us for the 12th annual Kansas City Zoo Run on Saturday, September 26. This is your opportunity to run through the Zoo for a great cause, our six orange apes! Check out this video from last year's run.
There's still time to register! The 4 mile Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 1 mile Family Fun Run starts at 9:45 a.m. Register online at www.kansascityzoorun.org. All participants receive this year's featured t-shirt and finisher's medal, free same-day entry into the Zoo, and a hot breakfast after the finish.
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 Summer at 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 interact with the apes via computer monitors. When you can't be at the Zoo, you can still watch the orangutans via our webcams.
Zoo Opening Earlier
What are our animals up to first thing in the morning? Find out when we open at 8 a.m. Until 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.
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! You can see him and the rest of the chimp troop when the weather is above 65 degrees. 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 Tuesday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feel free to drop into either open house to learn more and sign up to volunteer. Become a Zoo volunteer today!
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. 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.
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!