Kansas City Zoo – Kansas City, Missouri
The gates opened to welcome visitors to the 60-acre Kansas City Zoo in 1909. Today, at more than 200 acres, it is one of the largest zoos in the country.
With nearly 1000 animals to see, rides to ride and adventures to share the zoo is a wonderful place to visit either alone or with your friends or family. See all the different animals, learn about their habitat and the lands they originated from.
The Discovery Barn is an enclosed, air conditioned building just for kids and families. You’ll be close to exotic animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, macaws, Prevost’s squirrels, marine toads, dart frogs and agouti. The Discovery Barn offers families interactive learning and fun opportunities. Particularly fun is the two-story slide.
Kangaroos roam freely in the Kansas City Zoo’s Australia exhibit. You’ll see mothers with joeys (baby kangaroos), plus other wallabies and tree kangaroos. A pair of New Guinea Singing Dogs, named for the primal chorus they engage in when communicating, also make their home in Australia. Plus there are camels, sheep, black swans and an entire aviary of rare and beautiful birds.
Exotic and rare animals prowl the Zoo’s Tiger Trail exhibit. Tiger Trail is adjacent to Australia, just a short walk to the left from the Zoo’s World Gate area. Here is where you’ll see orangutans, rare and endangered Sumatran tigers, beautiful red panda and the strange and wonderful binturong. Tiger Trail is also home for fallow deer, Francios Langurs and a variety of birds.
Lions, hippos, cheetah, chimps and more live in Africa, the largest themed exhibit area at the Zoo. Visitor’s will see acres of plains animals, such as zebra, giraffe, gazelles and more.
The Kansas City Zoo offers many exciting educational opportunities. The opportunities are set for teachers, scouting and even overnights! Check them out.
Transportation opportunities at the zoo:
Tram ($.50 each way)
The tram is available daily through November – weather permitting. It runs from the intersection of the Promenade and road to elephants to the African Market and back. You can see flamingos and elephants from the tram.
Train ($2.50 per person round trip) (weather permitting)
The World Express train circles the central portion of the Zoo with stops near the Promenade and Australia. The train is intended as a ride and not an animal tour, however you will see kangaroos and camels.
Combo Rides Pass
$3 per person weekdays only – Unlimited rides on train and tram for day of purchase only.
Available through November – weather permitting.
Endangered Species Carousel – ($2 per person)
Golf Cart Tours Now Available
Strollers, Wheelchairs and Electric Scooters
For your comfort and convenience, rentals are available at World Gate Rentals. Ticket is purchased at the admissions booth. Refundable deposit required.
Single Stroller $7
(includes a $2 refundable deposit if stroller is returned before the Zoo closes.)
Double Stroller $9 (includes a $2 refundable deposit if stroller is returned before the Zoo closes.)
Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) $20
Subject to availability
To reserve an ECV, please call (816) 513-IMAX
Phone: Zoo (816) 513-5700
Hours: The Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Sunday through Saturday, beginning in November and continuing through February. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Note: Africa will remain open through November – weather permitting. Regular prices (listed below) apply when Africa is open. If Africa closes, admission is $5 all ages 3 and older. Current pricing November 2007
Seniors 55+ $8.50
Children 3-11 $6.50
Admission is $6 for all ages on Tuesdays.
The Kansas City Zoo is 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.
Once here, park for free in the Zoo’s Rhino parking lot, and come to the temporary admission booths located adjacent to the parking lot.