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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. 

Gentoo Chicks Are Growing Fast

We welcomed two Gentoo penguin chicks in December and they are growing by “waddles and hops.” Those fluffy little chicks weighed just 100 grams when they hatched and have grown 24X their hatch weight. Standing almost as tall as Mom and Dad, these adorable chicks are starting to venture out. Both chicks turn one month old this week but they won’t fledge the nest until they are about 70 days old. You will have to wait a bit to see them torpedoing through the water because at this point they can’t swim. First they must lose all of their down feathers and grow in their adult waterproof feathers which will happen around the 90 day mark.

Both chicks are nesting right by the upper viewing window inside the Junior League of Kansas City, Mo Penguin Ice Paradise. Hurry to catch them in their fluffy down before they are all grown up!

Zooper Bowl Saturday

Before the big game on Sunday, join us for Zooper Bowl Saturday! Wear your favorite football team apparel and receive half off admission on Saturday, January 31

Zoo Keepers will encourage our animals to get into the spirit with a pass, punt, and tackle during Zoo Keeper Chats and Shows. Check out the tailgate party happening in Tuxedo Grill. Our Zooper Bowl special includes four hot dogs, four large fountain drinks and a tub of popcorn for $19.50. That's a savings of more than $12 bucks! You can win big before the game even starts at Zooper Bowl Saturday!

Family Science Night-Attractive Science! 

What makes science so attractive? Find out at Family Science Night on Thursday, February 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of ed-zoo-cational activities and mind-bending experiments that are all about magnets. Find out what they are, how they work, and some of the awesome things they do for us. Family Science Night is perfect for children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. All junior scientists must have an adult with them. Family Science Night activities are in the lobby and are complimentary thanks to the R.A. Long Foundation.

Kiss & Tail 

It may be cold outside but we are turning up the heat at Kiss & Tail. Join us Saturday, February 7 as we explore love in the animal kingdom. How do animals attract a mate and what happens when it's time to get romantic? See their courtship rituals hilariously played out through actors from The Living Room Theatre. You may blush, you will definitely laugh and you might never look at some animals the same way again!

Kiss & Tail begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and live music. Then get ready for an eye opening improv presentation on jungle love. This adult-only Valentine's event is sure to heat things up! Tickets are $35 for FOTZ members and $45 for Non-FOTZ. Get yours today!  

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Teddy Bear Clinic 

Do you have a teddy bear or stuffed animal in need of some TLC? Bring your favorite friends to the Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and let the Volunteers from Kansas City Young Matrons nurse them back to health. We will fix rips, tears and holes and give them a good fluff. Once they are back to tip-top shape, they will receive a clean bill of health. Every stuffed animal needs a little TLC at the Zoo's Teddy Bear Clinic.

Sky Safari Closed Due To Maintenance

The African Sky Safari is closed for annual maintenance. It will reopen on February 2. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Discounted Jazzoo Tickets Available Now 

Discounted tickets for Jazzoo 2015 are available now! Take advantage of reduced pricing to the Zoo's largest and wildest fundraiser. Normally priced at $175, you can buy them for $150 until midnight on February 15. 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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Welcome Gentoo Chicks  

Two Gentoo penguin chicks hatched at Helzberg Penguin Plaza. One couple laid two eggs but is only able to care for one chick at a time. The first chick hatched December 15 is being raised by foster parents. On December 17, another chick hatched from a second egg and is being cared for by its biological parents. 

Zoo Guests will need to be patient as glimpses of the chicks will be rare for a little while. The chicks will keep warm underneath the bellies of a parent in a rock nest. Both parents assist in the care giving and these chicks will be dependent on them for up to three months. At three months they begin to get their feathers and will be torpedoing through the waters soon after. 

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 Summer 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

Jan 31 Zooper Bowl Sunday 

Feb 7  Kiss & Tail

Feb 14  Teddy Bear Clinic

Feb 14  Zootastik Learning Fest- Animal Tracks

Feb 28  Species Spotlight

March 7 Sustainable Seafood Soiree

March 14 Zootastik Learning Fest-Butterfly Bonanza

March 21 & 22 Superhero Weekend 

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