Choose items from our Wish List and help provide animal enrichment for the 1,700+ animals that call the Kansas City Zoo home.

What is animal enrichment?

Animal enrichment simply means we provide a physically and mentally stimulating environment for our animals by giving them toys and objects to keep them challenged and entertained.

When your dog chases a tennis ball or your cat bats around a stuffed mouse, that’s animal enrichment! Our animals aren’t that much different. They need novel treats for training, strong smells to keep their sense of smell sharp, and interesting visuals for variety. Oh, and very sturdy toys.

Christmas lights for cheetahs! Gelatin for elephants! Bubble bath for baboons!

Our Wish List is filled with items that help our animal care staff provide the best quality care for our animals. Some items might seem a bit odd, but each serves an important purpose.

  • Carnivores investigate cologne and perfume when marking their habitat territory.
  • Non-toxic bubble bath is fun for play.
  • Canned meats and condiments provide interesting items to taste.
How to buy
  • Browse items on our Amazon Wish List or take a look at the items below to find out what our animal care staff needs the most
  • Purchases can be dropped off at Guest Relations or shipped to:
Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium6800 Zoo DriveKansas City, MO 64132
Thank you for supporting KCZoo!

Select a team to see how you can give!

Team Waters Edge

Penguins, Polar Bears, North American Otters, Swans, Stingrays and Sharks

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Team Baobab

Gorillas, Cheetahs, Warthogs, Vulture, all animals in African Aviary, Amur Leopards, Red River Hogs

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Team Ruwenzori

Chimpanzees, Painted dogs, Hippopotamus, Baboons, and Crocodiles

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Team Savannah

Giraffe, Rhinos, Zebras, Lions, Addax, Caracal, Bat-eared Fox, Hyrax

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Team Tropics

Asian Small-clawed Otters, White-cheeked Gibbons, Cotton-topped Tamarins, Mona monkeys, Blue monkeys, Capybara, Porcupines

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Team Australasia

Orangutans, Red Kangaroos, Tree Kangaroos, Dingos, Emus and birds in the Australasian aviary

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Team Elephant

Our elephant team is responsible for taking care of the largest animals at the Zoo.

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Team Discovery Zone

Two-toed Sloth, Lemurs, Squirrel Monkeys, Ruby Macaws, Goats, Donkeys, Camels

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Team Shows

Eagles, Parrots, Servals, Red River Hogs, Ground Hornbills, Sea Lions

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