An Incredible Habitat for Incredible Creatures
In 1988 the Sedgwick County Zoo was selected as the first site of observer training workshops for Jane Goodall's ChimpanZoo Project. Researchers from zoos throughout the country received training from Dr. Goodall and her colleagues in the methodology of recording chimpanzee behavior. Through unified studies of chimpanzees in our care and the use of the established communications network, zoos are able to exchange information on the effects of exhibit modification and behavioral enrichment.
The orginal Apes and Man building, opened in 1982, and the Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat, added in 1996, are favorites among guests. The outdoor habitat allows Zoo visitors to watch natural behaviors and get an intimate view of orangutans and chimpanzees. A waterfall flowing from a rocky cliff, climbing structures and platforms offer these great apes plenty of choices. Simulated termite mounds encourage problem solving. Watch the chimpanzees as they create tools from small sticks to dig for yummy treats. Multi-level viewing of chimpanzees and orangutans are sure to offer you the opportunity to observe these incredible creatures.