Zoological District Resident (Jackson/Clay County MO) pricing is only $5 Adults, $4.50 Seniors, $4.00 children 3-11. Regular Pricing $11.50 Adults; $10.50 Seniors; $8.50 Children ages 3-11. 2 and under are free.
Located in Swope Park at 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. Just off I-435 and US-71 highway, the Zoo is easily accessible from any part of the metropolitan area. 816.513.5800
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The mission of the Kansas City Zoo is to conserve and provide experiences with wildlife in order to entertain and educate our audiences and to instill a lifelong respect for nature. We will accomplish this by:
Offer outstanding, year-round, affordable guest experiences that build attendance and memberships and engage and compel our guests toward a greater understanding of our natural world; Transform our zoological park into three zoo experiences, each with unique themes, animal exhibits, and events along with supporting and convenient amenities and concessions; Demonstrate the diversity of wildlife while enhancing their care and survival through research and conservation; Enhance the education of our audiences and our region through programs and partnerships with school districts and colleges; Operate a financially sound zoological park; Offer our employees a fun, rewarding work environment; and Achieve full community support through success in all aspects of our mission and gain recognition as one of the nation's best zoos.
There are three exhibits at the Zoo that showcase our hard work and diligent pursuit of conservation. We are working to decrease our carbon footprint by building exhibits that are environmentally friendly and educate the public about conservation.
Green Revolution The Kansas City Zoo debuted the Green Revolution, an eco-friendly exhibit that addresses critical environmental issues concerning the future of our planet on Earth Day.This exhibit was created by the museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and is distributed across the country by the Smithsonian, with exhibit plans and templates that cities use to give it a local focus.Divided into sections ranging from composting and gardening to reducing your carbon footprint, the exhibit aims to build awareness of environmental issues and present solutions that individuals can implement to protect the natural world.The Kansas City version of the Green revolution was created from re-used, recycled materials found locally.Creative educational displays demonstrate how long it takes items to decay, how an individual can reduce his carbon footprint, how solar energy works and what products can be made from recycled products.
There are two really COOL things about this exhibit. Unlike most traveling museum exhibits, the Green Revolution has virtually no carbon footprint since all plans are sent digitally and all materials are repurposed.A part of the exhibit features green businesses and local eco-heroes.This has brought much awareness to green jobs and partners who benefit the environment locally.Plans are underway to add additional components to this exhibit.
Polar Bear Passage
The Polar Bear Passage is a Green Building, which means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards were followed during its design and construction. Under these standards builders were guided to use recycled materials, materials manufactured locally, or materials that carried a third party green certification. Plants have even
been placed on the perimeter of the exhibit to enhance insulation, which keeps the environment cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
You can see Nikita & Berlin dive into the pool, amuse themselves with enrichment items, or lazy around on the rocky terrain. The pool is maintained at 65 degrees to make them feel more at home. They also have access to a behind the scenes climate-controlled building, where they are trained and where they sometimes go to take a break from the
public. The Polar Bear Passage is a show-stopping attraction that educates people about the preservation of polar bears in the wild. Polar Bears are starving in the Arctic. They rely on sea ice to hunt and they travel long distances to get food by swimming from sheet to sheet. Due to global warming the ice is melting at rapid rates. This is one of the reasons the Kansas City Zoo decided to bring the conservation message of polar bears to the masses.
Helzberg Penguin Plaza
Helzberg Penguin Plaza features a 100,000 gallon cool pool for cold water penguins and a 25,000 gallon warm wet area laced with sand for warm water penguins. The Kansas City Zoo will acquire 4 types of penguins which would include Humboldt, King, Gentoo, and Rockhopper species. Each exhibit provides child-friendly and magnificent
views showcasing these extraordinary black and white birds in a recreated natural environment including snow for the cold water feathered friends.
Upon approach, guests will travel over a map of the Southern Oceans depicting where each of the worlds 17 species of penguins is located. The Southern Oceans Gallery entry area provides views of five exhibits. These exhibits connect all oceans through a colorful coral reef aquarium, floating moon jellies and a mesmerizing 1500 gallon schooling fish aquarium.
The designs for this 15 million dollar world-class exhibit included efficiency and LEED certification.
With the help of Deffenbaugh Industries we placed a recycling container next to every trash can on Zoo grounds.This increased the amount of materials recycled by 18%.
On Zoo ground each year we recycle:
1.25 tons of glass
5,616 cubic feet of plastic, paper and cardboard
23,868 cubic feet of herbivore poo into compost
1.2 tons of compost distributed to gardens in the Zoo and throughout the metro
Items we recycle
Bi-metals such as iron, steel and wire
Motor Oil, Paint and Solvents
Paperboard, office paper, magazines
Printer and Toner Cartridges
Many items can be reused or recycled as animal enrichment. Items that may seem like trash for us,shredded paper, cardboard boxes and tubes, fire hoses, plastic buckets or cups, 55 gallon plastic barrels, sheets, towels, blankets, andphone books, are treasures to our animals. They are given these items as part of enrichment activities and they love the special treat.
Compostable Concession Items
In 2012 our on-site restaurants and snack bars were serving 15% compostable and recyclable products. In 2013 we are determined to do better. By making product changes we will change that percentage to 50% by May of 2013 and by early 2014 our goal is to be serving above 80% compostable and recyclable items.
As part of our partnership with Pepsi, we are serving Aquafina in a new PET designed bottle. It reduces the amount of plastic associated with water bottles by 50%. It is also the lightest PET container on the market. In addition, the bottle , cap, label and bulk packaging are all 100% recyclable.
Take the Chimp Challenge!
98% Human 100% Party Animal. Watch as Cotu, the youngest, grows and mimics her mother, aunts and uncles.