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Sedgwick County Zoo
Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Wichita
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: To inspire discovery, appreciation, and respect for animals and nature.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Sedgwick County Zoo was designed around geographic regions of the world instead of being a random collection of animals. Enclosures are as close to nothing as possible, with moats and other barriers, rather than bars dividing people and creatures. In many exhibits, large reinforced glass allow visitors and critters to meet face to face. One can travel to Africa, with all of the big guys and some little ones (including merkats). There is an Australian walk-through exhibit, a Great Plains walkway over the bison and elk. A herpetarium is dark and really creepy. One snake sleeps in a tree with only a waist-high barrier between him and the visitors (I've never seen it move, thank heaven). The jungle building is another walk-through exhibit with waterfalls and birds. Very relaxing in midwinter. The zoo expands as money becomes available. At present, a large area is being developed for the elephants (who have been trained to respond to a number of commands so that zoo keepers can inspect them without having to constrain them). The zoo was established about 30 years ago, so the trees and other plantings have matured. Great place for ANYONE who wants to wander and wonder.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

It's not a huge zoo, but had all the exciting animals you would expect. We had a great couple of hours checking out everything.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

I've been here around 5 times....it's ok..I'm sure kids would love it..not much hands on with the animals at all..a lot of walking and often the animals are hiding! The food is nasty...and overpriced...if you like hands on and less walking,go to tangynika wild life refuge,a very fun experience..but it's much smaller than the zoo,but u can feed giraffes,birds,lemurs,tortoises,ride a camel!!!

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

There are many great reviews so I won't duplicate. Just wanted to note that even when it is chilly outside this zoo provides a great educational experience. Several of the outdoor exhibits are screened/set-up so that there is a wind block - in Kansas that is a must. There are sevreal areas that are completely enclosed and temp controlled... chimps, amphbian/reptile, gorilla's, and rainforest areas are completely enclosed and very warm. The are also other areas that are enclosed but less temp controlled e.g. giraffs/rhino/elephant and barnyard... We had an excellent time and due to the very limited human visitors felt we had the zoo pretty much to ourselves. Great zoo regardless of the weather!

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Great exhibits and very clean. We have several kids, so the zoo is always one of our favorite Saturday outings. The gorilla exhibit should not be missed, nor should the penguins. The kids always get a kick out of them. They do have wagons for hire, or you can bring your own like we do. We even pack picnic lunches and dine at the zoo on one of their picnic tables, which is super convenient. If you have children, this is a MUST do activity!

Thank Sparrelts
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