Hutchinson Zoo. Hutchinson, KS.
In 1985 the Friends of the Zoo organization was formed and hosted it’s first benefit auction. The following year on May 23, the gates of the Hutchinson Zoo opened to the public. Over the next several years the zoo expanded by leaps and bounds adding a number of new exhibits, special events and education programs. In 1991 the zoo began the rehabilitation program, rehabilitating thirteen animals. In 2004, the zoo rehabilitated 655 animals. Continuing to grow, in 1997, the zoo gained accreditation with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). The following year, the zoo became the first in Kansas to exhibit the most highly endangered species in North America, the Black-Footed Ferret. In 1999, the zoo welcomed the birth of Cotton-Top Tamarin twins. The Cotton-Top Tamarins are part of the Species Survival Program (SSP). The SSP, developed by the AZA, is a national conservation effort to protect and reintroduce endangered species. In early September of 2002 the zoo was re-granted accreditation for the next five years. The grand opening of the Visitor Center took place the following month, and the year came to an end with the establishment of the Hutchinson Zoo website.
Mon.-Sun. 10:00 a.m. til 4:45 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day.
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Lee Richardson Zoo. Garden City, KS.
The Lee Richardson Zoo is considered by many to be the pride of Garden City. Located within the 110-acre Finnup Park, the zoo is a favorite gathering spot for nearly a quarter million visitors each year. The population of animals on display at the zoo is as diverse as the human population of Garden City itself, hailing from far away places such as China, Japan, Australia, Africa, and South America to name a few. Approximately 350 animals representing more than 100 different species inhabit the 47-acre zoo. A professional staff cares for animals ranging from the tiny Yellow-billed Cardinal to the immense African Elephant.
The zoo is open 7 days a week.
(April 1st to Labor Day)
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
(After Labor Day to March 31st)
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission is free to walk thru
$10.00 vehicle day pass to drive thru 10 am to 4 pm.
Visit there website here for full details. www.leerichardsonzoo.org
Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. Salina, KS.
Here you can get face-to-face with a rare white camel, an Indian rhino, a curious orangutan, an ornery aardvark or many of the other animals of the 100+ species of wildlife at home in our zoo. Great care has been taken to provide our animals spacious and naturalistic environments throughout 60 acres of beautifully landscaped park.
Hills is open year round and conveniently located in the heart of Kansas, just west of Salina on I-70.
Spring Summer and Fall,
9:00am to 5:00pm
Winter 9:00am to 4:00pm
Seniors (age 65+) $12.95
Children (age 3 – 12) $7.00
Children (2 & under) Free
Visit there website here for full details. www.rollinghillszoo.org