COVID-19 Updates

Updated September 15, 2021

Are masks required to visit the Zoo?

In compliance with the mayor's new mask mandate, the Zoo requires masks or face coverings for everyone ages 5 and up in all public indoor spaces. Persons who have disabilities where face coverings or masks constitute a substantial impairment to their health and well-being based upon medical, behavioral, or legal direction are exempt.

Were FOTZ memberships extended?

Yes, all Friends of the Zoo memberships that were valid between March 18 and May 16, 2020, were automatically extended two months to compensate for the time that the Zoo was closed to the public and unavailable to members.

Are you still doing Postcards to Adventure?

Yes, the Postcards to Adventure program for Jackson and Clay County residents will continue in 2021, but passholders must make a free reservation to enter the Zoo. Postcards to Adventure will be in mailboxes in March, June, and October, and will be good for a free visit in April, July, August, and November. Please bring your postcard and ID (or piece of mail with your name and address) with your timed ticket for admission at the front entrance.

What about other ticket holders?

POGO Pass and Complimentary ticket holders can bring their passes to the entrance of the Zoo to be scanned in. Reciprocal AZA zoo members can purchase their discounted tickets at the Zoo.

Is Kansas City Zoo having camps and educational programs?

Kansas City Zoo day camps have resumed.  Other educational programs will be added as staffing and safety allow. If you have questions regarding a specific program, please call 816-595-1765.

What about other Zoo events?

Events are being handled on a case-by-case basis.  Before coming to the zoo for a specific event, we recommend checking for updates.  We will continue to make adjustments as necessary.

How can I help the Zoo right now?

As a nonprofit organization, the Kansas City Zoo relies on funding from tickets, memberships, and program revenue and donations. We were closed for two months, limited capacity for more than a year, and had to cancel many events and programs. We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but if you would like to help the Zoo, you can do so through a financial donation that helps us continue to provide amazing care to our more than 1,700 animal residents.

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