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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