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Sedgwick County Zoo


First-time visitors are often surprised to learn that Wichita boasts Kansas' most visited outdoor attraction and one of the largest zoos in the United States. The Sedgwick County Zoo covers 115 developed acres in west Wichita, housing 3,000 individual animals of nearly 400 species. From roaring lions, playful otters, curious gorillas and a herd of African elephants, there’s plenty to see and explore!

A young boy feeds several penguins at the Penguin Encounter exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita

Encounter Animals & Wild Events

Sedgwick County Zoo animals are grouped geographically and in settings resembling their natural habitats. Travel to Africa, North America, the tropics and more! Their South America/Australia habitat is among the largest walk-through aviaries in the U.S. The zoo also features a hands-on children’s farm and an indoor amphibians and reptile area for up-close action.
We suggest you check the zoo’s daily schedule to see the activities you can do the day you visit. These often include free zookeeper chats and watching animals being fed by their keepers. 
A family has fun feeding a giraffe at the Sedgwick County Zoo 

You can also sign up in advance for Wild Encounters, small-group experiences that get you behind the scenes and up close for an additional fee. Among the animals participating: Chilly the penguin, Speed the giant tortoise, Vivian the donkey, as well as a critically endangered eastern black rhino and African elephants.  

Among the special Sedgwick County Zoo events throughout the year, you can expect celebrations for Easter, Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. If you’re here in the fall, the annual Wild Lights festival feature stunning illuminated lantern sculptures throughout the zoo,

A gorilla looks at zoo visitors through the glass of its enclosure at the Sedgwick County Zoo

Amenities, Tickets & Hours 

The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One-day tickets range from $18-$25, and memberships are available to make multiple visits affordable. Sedgwick County Zoo offers reduced admission on certain days in the winter and summer; check the website for specifics! Parking is always free.

The zoo boasts a gift shop, a restaurant and plenty of concessions. Several seasonal attractions are also available for an extra charge, such as their Safari Express electric train ride, giraffe feeding station, Stingray Cove and pontoon boat rides. 

Exploring the zoo and discovering its unique conservation initiatives is a must-do activity in Wichita. Additionally, you'll find a variety of restaurants and hotels conveniently located near Sedgwick County Zoo.

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