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Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City
MO
64132
Tel: 816-513-5700

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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE KANSAS CITY ZOO

More Zoo for You to explore. Over 200 acres of adventure filled with over 1,000 animals. Travel around the world of exotic wildlife at the Kansas City Zoo.

Gaze at the amazing tigers in the new Tiger Terrace. Situated in a hillside on Tiger Trail, the new area is equipped with all the latest tiger home amenities like rock couches, grass shag carpet, a wading pool and a soothing waterfall, some could coin this as a Sumatran Spa.

It’s a polar-size for a polar bear. Laugh as Nikita & Berlin, our polar bear rockstars entertain all ages at Polar Bear Passage.

Wander down a peaceful jungle path in the Tropics to smile nose to nose with primates. Take a walk-about through a mob of kangaroos. Climb a meerkat mound. Watch otters whirl. Lumber with elephants.

Take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel, ride the train, then continue the journey on the tram to Africa.

Embark on a thrilling expedition into the authentic world of African wildlife. Fly overhead in the new African Sky Safari Tram for aerial views of a pride of lions, majestic giraffes, lumbering rhinos and darting zebra; landing at one of the best chimpanzee exhibit as proclaimed by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall. Safari through an open savanna teeming with exotic creatures such as hippos, cheetahs and so much more.

Meet knowledgeable animal handlers, see animals up close and learn about the care, research and food preparation that are part of the daily life at a zoo.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsPrices vary seasonally see website
  • ChildrenPrices vary seasonally see website
  • Free Under: 2
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily Open 8 a.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day

The Zoo is open YEAR ROUND! Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Teachers corner

Field Trips, Classes & Activities, Zoomobiles and dedicated education programs for Jackson & Clay county schools and organization. .

I'm Hungry!

The Zoo offers meals and snacks to suit every appetite, ranging from traditional burgers and hot dogs to grilled chicken sandwiches and salads; and snack foods from ice cream confections to hot pretzels. Due to seasonality, hours and availability of concessions may vary..

Can I get one of those?

Exciting and constantly changing mixture of merchandise from around the world. An eclectic variety of stuffed animals, collectables, apparel, books, and educational toys. .

What people are saying?

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    Loved the zoo, the Polar Bear when you first walk in is great, he was playful when we were there and swimming and splashing. Camel ride was fun, the walks were all easy and for the most part, everything was easy to get to and see. Train was down while we where there because of track repair, but the tram was running and the sky line. We didn't get to the boat ride but it looked fun as well. Indoor penguins, discovery barn and other children play areas were great.

    The burgers at the grill in the African part were GREAT and huge. I ordered a double...Read More

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    Pretty good for a smaller zoo. I didn't care for it much when we first moved here but it has grown on me nicely. Nikita (and now Berlin) are still cool and the sky safari over the grasslands is a ride plus a birds eye view all in one. The sea lion show is lots of fun too! The addition of the penguins has really helped bump up the zoo to 4 stars. We haven't tried the new restaurant associated with the penguin plaza but the menu looks promising for the two vegetarians in our house.

    After a trip to the much better known Omaha Zoo I realized how...Read More

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    My husband and I visited the zoo for the first time on 7/20/14. Overall an excellent zoo, although many of the exhibits could stand to be much larger. I only had two real complaints during our visit. The first being that they make animals perform. Rather than enjoying the sea lions, for example, they force them to perform shows as though they’re circus animals. Second, I cut my toe quite badly on a sharp tree stump that was cut at ground level but not smoothed down. We tried in vain to find a first aid station, staff member with a Band-Aid, etc....Read More

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    Great place to spend a few hours or a whole day. I walked in about 1.5hrs before they closed an I raced around the African exhibits just in time. Fyi there's still Australia and a few more to check out. Loved that most of the enclosures seem quite spacious, however a lot of the animals seem to be pacing or doing repetitious behavior quite a lot which is disturbing. Not sure if itsack of enrichment or engagement or what, but there's def something not quite right. Polar bear did the same monotonous swim from when I got there to when I left. Hippos...Read More

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    My family and I just visited the zoo 6/22/14. And after visiting Omaha a month ago, I would have to say we enjoyed this zoo much better. It was very clean. The staff was so friendly. It was a very good time. They are really improving the place.They don't have as many inside exhibits as Omaha, this zoo really stepped it up. You should definitely visit this place. I seen some reviews about walking to far to see little to nothing... Its a zoo there will be tons of walking, Its not bad at all though. Loved the zoo this year, cant wait to go back

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by MD K

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Loved the zoo, the Polar Bear when you first walk in is great, he was playful when we were there and swimming and splashing. Camel ride was fun, the walks were all easy and for the most part, everything was easy to get to and see. Train was down while we where there because of track repair, but the tram was running and the sky line. We didn't get to the boat ride but it looked fun as well. Indoor penguins, discovery barn and other children play areas were great.

The burgers at the grill in the African part were GREAT and huge. I ordered a double thinking I wasn't going to get much and I could barely finish it.

by Brian Schonfeld

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Pretty good for a smaller zoo. I didn't care for it much when we first moved here but it has grown on me nicely. Nikita (and now Berlin) are still cool and the sky safari over the grasslands is a ride plus a birds eye view all in one. The sea lion show is lots of fun too! The addition of the penguins has really helped bump up the zoo to 4 stars. We haven't tried the new restaurant associated with the penguin plaza but the menu looks promising for the two vegetarians in our house.

After a trip to the much better known Omaha Zoo I realized how much more thought the KC Zoo has put in to their animal habitats. The animals here seem to have more space to move around, especially the big cats and the kangaroos (they are free range). The KC Zoo has become one of our staples for spending our free days.

by Rebecca Higgs

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My husband and I visited the zoo for the first time on 7/20/14. Overall an excellent zoo, although many of the exhibits could stand to be much larger. I only had two real complaints during our visit. The first being that they make animals perform. Rather than enjoying the sea lions, for example, they force them to perform shows as though they’re circus animals. Second, I cut my toe quite badly on a sharp tree stump that was cut at ground level but not smoothed down. We tried in vain to find a first aid station, staff member with a Band-Aid, etc. I was finally told that I’d likely have to go to the entrance of the park to find any sort of medical items. By that point my shoe was covered in blood from the injury, yet I couldn't even find a paper towel in the bathroom to wrap it. As a result, I had to walk back across the park with blood dripping into my shoe, the open cut getting filthy, etc. What if it had been a child who was hurt? What would the response have been? Overall a worthwhile trip to the zoo, however there is definite room for improvement. Medical attention is extremely lacking when needed.

by Toni Caldwell

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Great place to spend a few hours or a whole day. I walked in about 1.5hrs before they closed an I raced around the African exhibits just in time. Fyi there's still Australia and a few more to check out. Loved that most of the enclosures seem quite spacious, however a lot of the animals seem to be pacing or doing repetitious behavior quite a lot which is disturbing. Not sure if itsack of enrichment or engagement or what, but there's def something not quite right. Polar bear did the same monotonous swim from when I got there to when I left. Hippos swam circles an barely ever got out of the water. And these things were noticible at a fast run thru. Hoping this isn't the norm here, but it is a business with a bottom line -> remember that. Nice for basic interpretation if local schools get a chance to get involved. Went on a Saturday and there really weren't a lot of ppl out. Guess it can be hit or miss. Overall: good place for an educational excursion. Just be sure to question yourself on the business vs species cost/benefit as u go thru for a more appropriate education.

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