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Kansas City Zoo

Updated on February 27, 2015

Visit The Kansas City Zoo

When my children were young, we loved visiting the Kansas City Zoo. Over the years there have been many huge improvements. Now a visit to the Kansas City Zoo has become a very educational experience, especially with the many workshops and events that are sponsored by the zoo.

The Kansas City Zoo has more than 200 acres of adventure and 1,000 animals in naturalistic settings. You can visit Nikita the polar bear year round in the new Polar Bear Passage. Watch as he swims in his 144,000 gallon swimming pool.

photo Zebras Kansas City Zoo by Blackburnphoto (CC BY 2.0)

Kansas City Zoo Tales

In addition to writing, Author Ruth Seeliger works full-time as a keeper at the Kansas City Zoo. In 100 years of zoo-keeping history she "features a rich collection of zoo photographs from the archives of The Kansas City Star, the zoo and elsewhere."

The Blue Whale - Kansas City Zoo of yesteryear

Blue Whale Kansas City Zoo
Blue Whale Kansas City Zoo

Do you remember the blue whale as your favorite memory of the Kansas City Zoo of yesteryear?

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Explore The 10th Largest Zoo In The United States

Kansas City's Award Winning Zoo

Kansas City Zoological Park is a 202 acres zoo founded in 1909. It is home to more than 1,300 animals and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

In 2008, the Kansas City Zoo was voted one of America's best zoos and was ranked number one in the nation for "African Animals and Exhibits," with the authors, Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner, praising its 95-acre (38.4 ha) Africa exhibit as representing five nations with "one of the most extensive collections of African animals we've ever seen."

The Kansas City Zoo was also ranked among the top 10 in the nation for "Australian Animals and Exhibits" and for "Pachyderms: Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos," Famed ape expert Jane Goodall is reported to have said that Kansas City has "one of the finest chimpanzee exhibits in North America."

"America's Best Zoos 2008" ranks the Kansas City Zoo as the number one zoo in the nation for viewing both chimpanzees and kangaroos.

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"The Kansas City zoo in the Midwest of the United States is reminiscent of taking a real safari trail in a wildlife setting.Taking a walk or driving through this huge zoo feels like being in the wild back in Africa or Asia." ~~visitkc

This Zoo Is A Must See

Yahoo Travel recommends this zoo as a must-see for children and adults interested in getting back to nature. It reports that this sprawling park, which attracts 700,000 visitors annually, is divided into sections named for areas of the world, from Africa and Austraila to Farmland USA.

Visitors can walk the 202-acre park or ride trams from one place to another. There is also a guided train tour that allows one to see the highlights of the park.

Which way do we go? by Kelly Sue

Which way do we go? by Kelly Sue
Which way do we go? by Kelly Sue

Endangered Species Carousel - Installed At The Kansas City Zoo May 2007

Endangered Species Carousel
Endangered Species Carousel

The Endangered Species Carousel is located at the Kansas City Zoo in Kansas City, MO. The universally accessible carousel features thirty-six (36) figures and two (2) stationary animal chariots that are ADA/Wheelchair Accessible one of which has a Companion Seat.

The beautiful Carousel is located near the zoo entrance adjacent to the lorikeet exhibit, just off the promenade that runs through the center of the zoo. The carousel figures include a wide variety of either endangered animals or animals located at the zoo including, a rhino, hippo, chimpanzee, cheetah, koala and dart frog. One critter is a capybara, one of the animals to be part of the tropics display.

Nakita The Polar Bear

The Kansas City Zoo's polar bear, Nikita, goes for a swim near onlookers at the Polar Bear Passage. This exhibit offers visitors a unique vantage point for watching the 750-pound polar bear eat, swim and play.

Nakita At The Kansas City Zoo
Nakita At The Kansas City Zoo

Zoo Star Polar Bear "Nikita"

Berlin - Nakita Has A Mate

The Kansas City Zoo is a member of the Polar Bear Species Survival Plan. We are hoping that Nakita and Berlin give us a little polar bear.

How To Date A Polar Bear - Berlin and Nikita

See elephants trundle down a Botswanian corridor, stand toe-to-toe with a mob of free-roaming kangaroos, hand feed a lorikeet and roam through the new Tropics with animals above, below and beside you. ~~visitkc

Which Is Your Favorite Area?

The zoo is divided into five areas of the following themes: Africa, Australia, Tiger Trail, KidZone, and The Valley.

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Sky Safari photo by Rich Sugg
Sky Safari photo by Rich Sugg

African Sky Safari

Ride high above the African Plains on the African Sky Safari. Let your toes dangle just above cheetahs, lions, giraffes and rhinos landing near one of the best chimpanzee exhibits in the world.

The Sky Safari journey crosses approximately 1,500 feet at 35 feet above ground and lasts about 7 minutes.

Sky Safari

KC Zoo Sky Safari by frenzledfraggle
KC Zoo Sky Safari by frenzledfraggle | Source

Caution by Mike Sousa

Caution by Mike Sousa
Caution by Mike Sousa

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty by Blackburnphoto (CC BY 2.0)
Sleeping Beauty by Blackburnphoto (CC BY 2.0)


Gurilla by Blackburnphoto (CC BY 2.0)
Gurilla by Blackburnphoto (CC BY 2.0)

East African Exhibit

The animals exhibited in the 17-acre East African terrain include antelopes, Oryx and Greater Kudu. Adjacent to these plains are marvelous exhibits of lions, black rhinos and cheetahs. The primates are indispensable to such a rich animal kingdom and include species of Chimpanzee and baboons from Central and East Africa. The tour takes visitors from Africa through Asia into the Australian heartland for the Kangaroo.


Cheetah by Blackburnphoto  (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Cheetah by Blackburnphoto (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Featured activities in the Kansas City Zoo include make believe large fauna sanctuaries enclosing elephants and giraffes, mud baths for animals and guests alike, and natural landscapes that are modeled after luxurious grass velds in South African countries. Guests also explore the East African Savannah where lions roam. ~~visitkc

Lion At Kansas City Zoo

Lion At Kansas City Zoo Photo by Maite Suzette
Lion At Kansas City Zoo Photo by Maite Suzette

Elephant Sanctuary

This elephant sanctuary is an authentic recreation of the grasslands of Botswana. There are no bars separating "these extraordinary creatures from spectators, allowing the enormity and reality of the massive pachyderms to be felt by all." The elephants roam through a 4.5-acre exhibit with a pond, mud baths, and natural landscaping.


Elephants by Mike Sousa
Elephants by Mike Sousa

What To See And Do In Kansas City

Katie Van Luchene, a travel writer and columnist for Kansas City Home Design and Kansas City magazines, provides in-depth travel and relocation information to this beautiful city. This book offers a personal and practical perspective of Kansas City and its surrounding environs.

Watch Mom And Baby Rhino Play At The Kansas City Zoo

Rand McNally  Kansas City Street Guide (Rand Mcnally Street Guide)
Rand McNally Kansas City Street Guide (Rand Mcnally Street Guide)

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @editionh: It's so nice to hear from you, EditionH!

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      editionh 4 years ago

      I always loved to go to the zoo and still do. I notice that zoos are still very popular and that the quality is getting better and better. It is interesting to learn about the zoos in other countries. The Polar bears seem to have a really great place in the Kansas zoo. The Sky safari is a unique concept I never heard about before.

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      KCEdventures 6 years ago

      Amazing lens! great pics! We love the zoo (we're just there in dec. since our weather's been so nice). Can't wait for the new Tiger area being built this spring - yea :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This looks great...can't believe I've never been there since I lived in KC two different times. Blessed

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      Pat 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @Ruthi: Ruth, I agree!

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      Pat 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @TapIn2U: Thank you, Sundae!

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      Pat 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @Ann Hinds: Thank you, Wordstock!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      That African Sky Safari looks like the way to go.

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      TapIn2U 7 years ago

      Beautiful zoo. The best place for a family's day out. Wonderful lens! Sundae :)

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      This is a great lens on the zoo. Love the pictures. Congrats on the purple star!

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      Pat 7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @imolaK: Thank you for the Angel Blessing!

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      This is a nice lens. Great job. Blessed by an Angel!