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FOTZ Events and Activities

There are many events and activities that are reserved for FOTZ members only.

2014 Photo Contest

Kansas City Zoo’s annual photography contest is here and we’re ready to see your incredible images. The theme for 2014 is “New Adventures” and we’re looking for creativity! Whether your new adventure took place at Helzberg Penguin Plaza or on the African Sky Safari we want to see the Zoo through your eyes.

You may submit photos beginning August 1, 2014. There are two age categories, adult (18+) and youth (3 through 17). Photographs must have been taken by the photographer between September 1, 2013 and the last day for submission, September 30, 2014. Photographs must feature Kansas City Zoo animals and must be photographed at the Zoo. Digital manipulation is allowed for minor changes not affecting the integrity of the image.

Entries may be made in-person or U.S. Mail. Entries must be eight by ten inches, printed on photographic paper. Photographs should not be matted or framed. All submissions become the property of the Kansas City Zoo and may be used for promotional purposes.

On the rear of each image please tape a photo contest entry form. There is no charge for entries and a limit of one photograph per-person. Images that do not meet the rules of the contest cannot be eligible to win. Don’t forget to title your image with a catchy name!

The photos will be on display in October at the Zoo. Winners will be chosen by the Kansas City Zoo Photo Club and staff and will be announced on Saturday, November 15, 2014 on Facebook and our website. Prizes will be awarded in each age category.

Please submit photos to: Photo Contest, Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Mo., 64132. For additional information please contact: Josh Hollingsworth, Membership and Marketing Manager (816) 595-1205. You can also visit the photo contest web page (here)

2014 FOTZ Exclusive Events


FOTZ Activities

Backyard Action Heroes!

A Backyard Action Hero (BAH) is someone who is really into wildlife their habitats and is ready to protect them in their own backyard and other parts of the world. This monthly program is exclusively online and is designed for our younger members who are willing to get hands-on when it comes to making a statement for conservation. BAH "edu-tains" FOTZ members ages 5-12 by promoting conservation and engaging them with relevant projects that can be done at home.

Each month families can download a monthly guidebook full of fun facts and activities. Themed activities highlight the monthly message of nature and conservation, inspiring kids to really become heroes. Complete 8 out of 12 months and get a prize! It's time to take action!

Funded by and in partnership with Zoo Learning Fund



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