600,000 Gallons of Amazing!

The aquarium will feature six zones with thirty-four exhibits that will tell the story of how ocean currents connect animals across the globe.
11ZONE1: WARM COASTLINETides cycle and waves crash, shaping warm coastal habitats. Lakes, rivers, and streams bring freshwater to warm, salty coastlines. Marine life adapts at rocky shores, mangroves, and sandy beaches.More InfoZONE 6: COLD COASTLINEThe rocky coastal habitat can at times be violent, battering, and fiercely cold. Animals adapt to dynamic extremes at the rocky shore. Tide pools are a quiet calm where animals grip tightly to the rocks when the seas change and bear down.More Info66ZONE 2: WARM SHALLOWSTides create ever-changing habitats between land and sea. Warm shallow lagoons, sandy beaches, marshes, and mud flats provide nutrient-rich waters where food is plentiful.More Info22ZONE 3: WARM REEFAbundant plants and animals create a vibrant underwater community. With plentiful sun and clear water, reefs are home to vast populations of creatures including fish, corals, and turtles.More Info33ZONE 5: COLD SHALLOWSShallow, sunny, and cold, food here is plentiful due to the nutrient-rich water. Craggy shelves, rocky bottoms, shoreline crevices, and forests of kelp provide habitat where marine life has adapted for hiding and hunting.More Info55ZONE 4: OPEN OCEANAway from the coastlines, colder water is continually fed by currents. The unusual creatures found here adapted to life with little light and warmth, and extreme pres-sures. The open water is the domain of jel-lyfish, while crabs and isopods crawl on the ocean floor.More Info443 WARM REEF2 WARM SHALLOWS1 WARM COASTLINE6 COLD COASTLINE5 COLD SHALLOWS4 OPEN OCEANZONES
Zones

1 WARM COASTLINE

2 WARM SHALLOWS

3 WARM REEF

4 OPEN OCEAN

5 COLD SHALLOWS

6 COLD COASTLINE

CONSTRUCTION CAM

Here is what the aquarium site looks like today. Construction is going swimmingly!

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Creating a world-class aquarium is one of the most exciting projects the Kansas City Zoo has ever embarked upon. It will be a true treasure and asset for this community that will support the Zoo’s mission to connect all people to each other and to the natural world to promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation. 

We invite you to help make this project a reality. Your donation will help bring to life the vision of adding a large-scale aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo.

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