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The Forests of Asia

Observe tigers prowling, playing, and behaving as they would in the wild. See the unusual Malayan tapirs spending quite a bit of time cooling off and swimming around in their exhibit’s water feature.  view more >

Animals in the Exhibit
Amur leopard
  • Panthera pardus orientalis
Amur tiger
  • Panthera tigris altaica
Bar-headed goose
  • Anser indicus
Burmese brow-antlered deer
  • Rucervus eldii
Demoiselle crane
  • Anthropoides virgo
Hooded crane
  • Grus monacha
Indian muntjac
  • Muntiacus muntjak vaginalis
Malayan tapir
  • Tapirus indicus
Malayan tiger
  • Panthera tigris jacksoni
Red panda
  • Ailurus fulgens
Red-breasted goose
  • Branta ruficollis
Red-crested pochard
  • Netta rufina
Ruddy shelduck
  • Tadorna ferruginea
White stork
  • Ciconia ciconia

ZooKeepers’ Journals

Our keepers are very busy caring for the animals. When time allows we will add more journal entries here. We hope the Zookeepers' Journals will be a fun way to learn more about the fascinating animals we have in our care.

February 28, 2011

If you think the Amur leopard exhibit is empty, look again. This beautiful, ferocious kitten is more camouflage than you might think. Nia can disappear right in front of your eyes.  view more >

March 19, 2009

On Saturday March 14, 2009, the baby Malayan tapir “Boris” died while keepers and the zoo veterinary team tried to save his life.  view more >

January 30, 2009

He first weighed in on November 13th at a tiny twenty pounds.  view more >

Photo Gallery

Sedgwick County Zoo opened in 1971 with the American and Asian farms. Little did we know then what was in store for the Zoo. We've got the lions and bears, and now we've got tigers.  view gallery >

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Plan a trek through the forests of Asia

As you enter the Asian forest you will hear the chatter of several different species of birds. You will be able to see demoiselle cranes, white storks, bar-headed geese, ruddy shelducks, and many other species of waterfowl scurrying about.

The Asian Forest is also home to tapirs! The Malayan tapir is one of the species at the Zoo that gets several confused looks from admiring guests. Since tapirs are very fond of water, you will probably see them spending quite a bit of time cooling off and swimming around in their exhibit’s water feature. Usually if they’re not in the water, they are enjoying a good nap in the shade.

The long anticipated Slawson Family Tiger Trek features Amur tigers and is themed around south central Asia. It is state of the art facility that will provide complete management resources for maintaining tigers. Total square footage of the exhibit is approximately 50,000 square feet, encompassing two tiger yards for up to six adult tigers plus homes for endangered red pandas and brow-antlered deer.

The tiger trek is designed as a naturalistic habitat, a total immersion experience that will transport visitors to the wilds of Asia where these big cats roam. Because of this natural design, you are able to observe the tigers prowling, playing, and behaving as they would in the wild. The exhibit features an observation tower that allows you a view of one tiger yard and the deer yard. It also features glass viewing ports, enabling you to safely get face to face with these magnificent animals. Landscape plans involve a canal running through the exhibit as well as two pools, one deeper than the other, which will allow the tigers to either completely submerge themselves or take a quick dip to cool off. 

ZooKeepers’ Journals