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FOTZ Exclusive Meet the CEO Morning /Orangutan Canopy Sneak Peek

Meet the person who makes it all happen, Randy Wisthoff, CEO/Executive Director of the Kansas City Zoo. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, Randy will be meeting with FOTZ members and talking about the Zoo's plan for the future at Tuxedo Grill. Check out the breakfast special available for purchase while you are there. You will also get a sneak peek of the progress being made on the brand new exhibit, Orangutan Canopy between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Check out this project in the construction phase and get excited for its opening.

Dancing Like Animals; KC Ballet at the Zoo

See how animal movements are similar to dance when the KC Ballet visits the Zoo! Join us on Saturday, March 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. Zoo educators and dancers from the KC Ballet will be at different animal exhibits demonstrating how dance can be inspired by animals.  Visit the trumpeter swan, polar bear, penguin and gibbon exhibits and learn about the symmetry between animal movement and dance choreography.  The KC Ballet dancers will also be doing a short performance outside Helzberg Penguin Plaza at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Species Spotlight on Domestic Animals   

This Saturday, March 28, Species Spotlight is all about domestic animals and the impact they've had on our society. We are turning the spotlight on our donkeys, llamas, goats and red river hogs. Join us for Zoo Keeper chats at the following exhibits: llama at 10:30 a.m., red river hog at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. and goat at 1:00 p.m. The lobby will also be full of domesticated fun! Play our special matching game and learn about the history of each of these animals and its impact on our culture. Be sure to grab your llama, goat, donkey and red river hog trading cards and collect them all year long at Species Spotlight. All activities are included with Zoo admission. 


This is not your average egg hunt! Many animals at the Zoo lay eggs, can you find them all? Find out at our egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you will travel the Zoo locating different animal eggs while you learn about the animals that lay them. 

GO BLUE For The Royals!

GO BLUE for the boys in blue! Join us on Saturday, April 4 as we celebrate the kick-off of baseball season before the KC Royals home opener. Our animals will be enjoying special enrichment items like t-shirts, cups and scarfs donated to them by the KC Royals.  Rhinos and Elephants will be enjoying "baseball" melons and Nikita is showing his team spirit with one of his favorite enrichment items. Find out how our animals look in "Royal Blue" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Show off your Royals pride and join in the fun by wearing KC Royals apparel. 

Teacher Appreciation Day 

Teachers are often unsung heroes but at the Kansas City Zoo we are singing their praises. Saturday, April 4 is Teacher Appreciation Day at the Zoo. We are honoring teachers, administrators and home school educators with free admission for themselves and three guests. Just bring your teacher ID for admittance. While you're here, you can learn more about our Zoo-Ed program and how it can bring the Zoo right to your classroom.

Party for the Planet

Help us celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet. On Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join in Earth Day activities and learn how you can participate in conservation programs at home. High school artists will be painting live all around the Zoo. Visit our face painters and create a painting of your own. Meet PBS Kids' Sid the Science Kid from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Helzberg Penguin Plaza. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Sid then pick up his free activity book. 

Scraps to Sculptures 

Can you turn scraps into sculptures? Join the contest by creating a masterpiece out of household scraps and submit your entry. Entries need to be dropped off at Guest Relations by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Zoo guests will pick the winner at our Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 11. Voting will take place at 2 p.m.   Find out how how to enter.

Scout Day

Saturday, April 18 is Scout Day at the Kansas City Zoo. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in their uniforms and their immediate family members get $4 admission and can participate in activity stations in the lobby. The reduced admission is good all day and the Scout related activities run from 10am-3pm. Swing by the Education Department and learn about scout programs, workshops and overnights!

Autism Awareness Day

On Sunday, April 26 the Zoo is offering Free Admission to people with autism. This event welcomes families involved with autism spectrum disorder to enjoy a day at the Zoo. The Zoo will provide free admission to people with Autism and reduced admission of $5.50 per person for everyone accompanying them to the Zoo. The day will feature animal presentations, sensory activities, crafts and quiet rooms from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Pregnant Chimpanzee

Experienced mom, Rachel, age 40, is expecting! Our Veterinarians have confirmed the pregnancy is progressing as planned with a due date in March. Rachel is the mother of 18 year old twins Teetoo and Teeoni . Rachel is a fantastic mother as raising twins successfully is uncommon, she is known to be very attentive and protective. The father will not be known until well after the birth when genetic testing can take place.

Chimpanzees have a 220+ day gestation period followed by an unassisted birthing process. Rachel has been very cooperative during routine ultrasound, check-ups and urine testing. A video progression of multiple ultrasounds is hosted on our website KansasCityZoo.org.

Staff will continue to closely observe Rachel to ensure the baby is developing properly. 

Gorilla Pregnant!

We've confirmed that experienced mom, Makari (Ma-CAR-ee), age 27, is expecting! Our Veterinarians have confirmed the pregnancy via ultrasound with a due date sometime in June! 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. Gorillas have a 245+ day gestation period followed by an unassisted birthing process. Offspring are born nearly helpless except to cling to their mother’s fur and to nurse. Young gorillas stay with their mothers for several years after birth. Makari has been very cooperative during routine ultrasounds, check-ups and urine testing. Staff will continue to closely observe her to ensure the baby is developing properly. Makari and the rest of our gorilla troop will be visible to the public when temperatures are 50 degrees or warmer.

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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Orangutan Canopy Is Underway

The official ground breaking of Orangutan Canopy was Wednesday, August 27 and construction on the new exhibit is underway. It will look very different from the existing one on Tiger Trail and will include a large outdoor habitat with a canopy and hillside trail that will challenge both the dexterity and intelligence of our orangutans while offering viewing of our apes like never before. 

The current indoor orangutan room will be transformed into an "Orangutan University" that will serve as a fitness studio and learning lab for our apes and our guests. We are so excited to give our Orangutans a brand new home! The Zoological District along with many donors helped to make Orangutan Canopy possible. Check back for construction updates in the coming months. The exhibit is scheduled to open in May of 2015

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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When Science Attacks 

Join us for our all new homeschool class: When Science Attacks! Classes this year will explore the world of science through animals and nature and is perfect for children K-8th grade. Join us twice a month from January thru April to see the Zoo in a whole new way. To participate in When Science Attacks you must be a FOTZ member. If you have questions or want to register, please call 816-595-1765.

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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

March 28 FOTZ Exclusive Meet the CEO 

March 28 Species Spotlight 

April 4 Teacher Appreciation Day

April 11 Party for the Planet/ZLF

April 18 Scout Day

April 25 Species Spotlight

May 9 Endangered Species Day/ZLF

May 10 Mother's Day

May 23 Species Spotlight

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 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