The Sedgwick County Zoo is 40 years old . Hard to believe that it has been four decades since the Children’s Farm started what has become one of the top zoos in the country and respected around the world. To celebrate, admission is free this weekend, Aug. 27 and 28, 2011, and there will be birthday activities today and tomorrow.
Opening day on August 25, 1971 was the start of a wonderful future – few at that time could have imagined the growth and variety of animal exhibits Wichitans now enjoy. As a thank you for the community’s support, in addition to the free admission, visitors this weekend can enjoy:
- Complimentary birthday cupcakes, while supplies last
- Specials in the Zoo Gift Shop and the Plaza Beastro
- See the animals receive fun enrichment items, including birthday cakes
– Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Elephant receive special birthday treats; 2:00 p.m. Elephants receive birthday cake
– Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Apes will receive birthday cupcakes and at 2:00 a.m. Elephants will receive more birthday cake
- Attend one of the Zoo History presentations in the Cargill Learning Center to relive the Zoo’s journey towards its 40th year
- Check out neat artifacts and other learning opportunities in the Cargill Learning Center, and pick up your History Passport to learn some neat facts about our past
Photo contest winners were announced this morning and can be seen on display at the Zoo as well as online. Congratulations to Best of Show winner Holly Brookhouser who also volunteers for Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection shelter. Category winners: Action-1st and 2nd, Dave Kocsis; Birds–1st Carrie Courtney, 2nd Eric Agard; Guest Experience–1st Sara Rank, 2nd Debra Kerr; Mammals–1st Robert Scheidt, 2nd Carrie Courtney; Reptiles–1st Carrie Courtney, 2nd Dave Kocsis; Youth–1st Julie Breth, 2nd Bethany Haney.
The Zoo continues to offer not just entertainment and a family-friendly atmosphere, but special opportunities to learn about the importance of wildlife to our planet and to the human race. It is a place that inspires discovery, appreciation, and respect for animals and nature. Help the Zoo celebrate 40 great years, as well as the decades to come as a premier Wichita attraction that benefits wildlife around the world through its endangered species programs.
Located at 5555 Zoo Boulevard, the Sedgwick County Zoo offers a variety of programs for children and those who simply want to know more about wildlife and the natural world we live in.
Sedgwick County Zoo has been recognized with national and international awards for its support of field conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species. It’s the top outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas and is home to more than 2,500 animals of nearly 400 different species.