Here at Family Days Out we love a zoo! We love seeing all the animals playing with each other, and even trying to spot strange and wonderful species we didn't even know existed (and there are a lot out there!)
David Traylor Zoo of Emporia (also known as Emporia Zoo) have reptiles, mammals, amphibians and birds all for you to enjoy, and learn from. Here's a question - do you know what the difference between a reptile and a mammal is? If you don't, better get down to the zoo to find out!
Say hello to the American Badger, or perhaps you want to see how the Long-Taile Chinchilla plays with it's friends? Watch the Bobcat as it moves around it's enclosure, or have a good look at the Souther Three-Banded Armadillo - what strange features do you notice about it?
Have you ever been out walking and seen something soar above you and not quite know what it is? They have a host of birds here to look at, you can really get to know them individually and learn what makes the unique - from the iconic Bald Eagle, to the Emu, King Vulture, Short-Eared Owl and the Egret.
It's a great place to learn all about the animals, their habitats and their nature.
They often hold special events too, so keep an eye out for those - some you might not want to miss! In addition, they can also cater for school groups, including a fun week long experience!
The zoo is located on Soden Road, which intersects with S. Hwy 99, just south ESU Campus on Commercial St - they are at number 75 Soden Road.Get directions
The zoo participates in many Species Survival Plan programs through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, because they genuinely care for the animals. They collect funds to donate to conservation efforts, and the Party for the Planet is a free event aimed at raising conservation awareness to those who attend.
The concession stand operates 11am - 1pm, weekdays from May to July. Vending machines available when the concession stand is not operating.
You can't take home a real animal, but you can take home t-shirts, tote bags, plush, plastic animals, postcards, and magnets
They offer guided tours, self-tours, on-site classroom visits including an animal encounter, a fun week long Zoo Camp, off-site classroom visits, lessons, and talks.
You are more than welcome to bring your own lunch or snack and enjoy it at one of the many picnic tables located throughout the Zoo!
They have two wheelchairs available for use, so best if you call ahead so that they can have it ready for you. No motorized vehicles are permitted.
Preston Forest Adventure (opened 2011) exhibits forest animals including turtles and waterfowl and offers interactive graphics, play features, picnic tables and benches