Established in 1971, the Sedgwick County Zoo has become one of the best breeding centers for rare and endangered species. The zoo is home to 2500 animals belonging to 500 species and is currently the most famous tourist attraction in the city. The goal of the zoo is to showcase and learn about the animals of not just one country but all the continents. You can find animals from Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australia and get to know about their natural habitats and habits.
The highlights of the zoo include:
- Downing Gorilla Forest exhibit that is home to Brazza’s monkeys, pink-backed pelicans, white pelicans, saddle-billed storks and Gorillas
- “Pride of the plains” includes lions, meerkats, red river hogs and African painted dogs
- “Penguin Cove” with its star attraction being the Humboldt penguins that are usually seen in coastal parts of Peru and Chile
- The African exhibit includes reticulated giraffes, hippos, eastern black rhinos and African bush elephants
- “Tiger trek” gets you up close with the majestic Amur tigers, Malayan tigers, brow-antlered deer, red pandas and other exotic animals
The Amur leopards cared for at the zoo are a rare sight and a critically endangered species. It is believed that only around 60 of these can be found in Russia and China. The place offers a rather intimate encounter with these gorgeous creatures and with the winter schedule of the zoo offering you an intimate learning experience, the place has become not just a tourist attraction but a wildlife awareness and learning centre as well.
Entrance Ticket Details For Sedgwick County Zoo
- Entry is free for children under two years.
- Children (ages 3-11): $11.95
- Adults (ages 12-61): $15.95
- Senior Citizens (ages 62+): $11.95
Tram tours are free but you will need to pay a small fee for Africa and America sections. For other information, visit official website.
Sedgwick County Zoo Hours
- 11:00 am (Wednesday & Saturday Only) American Farm: Animal Encounter
- 11:00 am (Thursday Only) American Farm: Cow/Oxen Encounter
- 12:30 pm (Saturday & Sunday Only) Cargill Learning Center: Animal Encounter inside building
- 1:30 pm The Downing Gorilla Forest: Gorilla Chat
- 2:15 pm (Tuesday & Saturday Only) Amphibians & Reptiles: Reptile Encounter
- 2:30 pm North America: Bald Eagle Chat
- 3:30 pm Slawson Family Tiger Trek: Tiger Chat inside tiger building
- 3:30 pm Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat: Ape Chat
- 3:45 pm Cessna Penguin Cove: Penguin Chat
For other hours, visit the official website.
How to Reach Sedgwick County Zoo
- By Bus: Ridge And 21st St Ib (2.25 kilometres)
- By Taxi
- By renting a car
- You can rent a bike from Bike share ICT
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95% of people who visit Wichita include Sedgwick County Zoo in their plan
66.67% of people start their Sedgwick County Zoo visit around 09 AM
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Sedgwick County Zoo Reviews & Ratings
The public/walking grounds of the zoo were clean and well maintained. The animals seemed well taken care of and the enclosures were all well landscaped and clean. We dropped a child’s small blanket while in the reptile exhibit, and by the time we realized it the blanket had already been brought to the lost and found. So thankful!
Overall good place to take a stroll and see all the animals they have on display. My kids enjoy going and it's a great option for when schools go on fieldtrips. I've really only have ever been in summertime and it is pretty hot. They do have several spots to cool off at as well as several bathrooms throughout the place. They have built several new showcases and even a playground for kids. Id give it 5 stars if there was more variety of animals but overall a pretty nice Zoo for a small city.
Great place to go with the kids! I love all the things they do to educate people about the endangered species and what to do to help protecting them. It was nice to know they are not a profit organization and that they are associated to many conservationists groups. We loved it!
Lots of new exhibits in the last decade. And even more to come. Fair priced. Nice concessions and a restaurant. You're allowed to bring outside food and drinks, so dont be afraid to pack a lunch if you're not into spending money at the concessions/restaurant. They have events all the time. All around a great place to visit and keep the kids occupied for a few hours.
Very clean nice zoo. Small enough to see everything, but big enough that there is a lot to see. I especially appreciated that the gift shop had things for a variety of price points. I was able to get my child something without spending more then $5.00.