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Say "I Do!" at the Sedgwick County Zoo

A wedding at the Sedgwick County Zoo is a chance for couples to live out their wildest dreams and create an unforgettable experience for their guest. Whether it is an intimate gathering or grand affair, Sedgwick County Zoo is ready to help you celebrate in style.

Start thinking about your needs:

  • What is your budget?
  • How many guests will you have?
  • Does your date require an indoor or outdoor venue?
  • What kind of meal would you like?
  • Will you be serving liquor?
  • What kinds of activities or entertainment do you want?
  • What type of decor would you like at the ceremony or reception?

Now you're ready to start planning your dream wedding at the Sedgwick County Zoo with the Wedding & Reception Planning Guide!

The Venues

With an average temperature of 70 degrees year-round the Tropics is the ideal spot for a small informal, yet intimate wedding party up to 20 people. Reserve the Tropics exclusively for one hour for your wedding. The sounds of the rainforest jungle will provide the perfect ambience while you exchange wedding vows. After the ceremony, capture your special day with photographs taken near the waterfall; on the bridge or next to fabulous foliage that fills the exhibit. Only available after hours May through Labor Day.
Rental for one hour $400

Poet Gazebo
This beautiful location is perfect for a small intimate wedding. The rock structure overlooks a peaceful pond. This venue includes 60 black folding chairs and up to 5 serving tables. Dressing area is available for wedding party.
Rental for 3 hours $1,200

Cargill Learning Center and Patio

Choose an indoor or outdoor wedding with this venue. The patio is an exceptional location for an outdoor wedding or reception area. The patio has a beautiful curved rock wall, which makes a perfect backdrop for a wedding setting. Add a DJ or a small band and have an impressive reception on the patio. Up to 120 guests can be accommodated.

The rotunda area features beautiful terrazzo flooring with 22-foot ceilings and natural lighting. The area is perfect for an indoor ceremony of 80-100 people in attendance or for a dance. As a reception area, the rotunda can accommodate up to 120 people.

A spacious room near the rotunda is a wonderful area for a reception. Round table seating for 120 guests with white linens is included in the rental of the Cargill Learning Center and Patio. Turtle and fish bring the Zoo feeling to your reception. After hours security is included.
Rental for Cargill Learning Center and Patio $2,500

Nganda Village
This secluded location is perfect for a wedding and reception area. Rental includes seating for 150 people for wedding service, 20 tables and additional 150 chairs for reception, tram service, location for DJ and playground.
                                                          Rental for Nganda Village is $2,000

The Downing Gorilla Forest
This venue is a wild place for an evening wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner. The themed indoor décor needs no additional decorations. This area also features an outdoor patio, great for a small band or bar service. Climate controlled indoor tent room provides nearly 360 degrees of outdoor gorilla viewing. The year round indoor gorilla viewing provides close viewing of the gorillas. Rental includes round tables with white linens and chairs for up to 80 people, tram service, lighted parking lot, security and service gate access.
Rental for Downing Gorilla Forest $2,500

The open-air pavilion and adjoining field provides the perfect setting for a large wedding and reception. The pavilion and deck provides ample room for a band or DJ, bar service or additional seating. Rental includes up to 50 – 8 foot rectangular tables and 450 chairs, all day access to the pavilion for set up, storage area for supplies, access to ice machine and 50 cubic square feet of refrigerated storage. Security staff is also included along with behind the scenes service gate access for set up and break down. Room for Bride’s dressing area is available at the Cargill Learning Center. An electronic cart will be provided to transport the bride from the Cargill Learning Center.
Rental for Pavilion $3,000

Event Field and Tent
This event area is great for a ceremony area and/or a reception area outside. The Veldt Tent has a picnic style seating up to 200 guests and is included in the price of the rental. Dressing area is available for wedding party. After hours security is included in the rental. Overflow seating is available with a set up charge of $50.00. Please contact the Group Event Coordinator with any questions.
Rental for Event Field and Tent $2,000

Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley Overlook
Overlook the elephants during your ceremony and/or reception. The overlook is a great location to celebrate with friends and family. The open-air pavilion rental includes seating up to 200 guests at eight foot tables, access for set up starting at 3:00pm, and security. A bridal dressing area is available in the Cargill Learning Center. This venue is available after hours at the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley. Household membership for the wedding couple included.
Rent Elephant Overlook $3,500

See full Wedding Planning Guide for additional fees and options.

Wedding Menu Options 

Hors d'Oeuvres: Pricing per tray. 20–25 servings per tray.
(Served for one hour)

Egg Rolls.... $40 Fried Green Beans & Dip.... $30
Bruschetta.... $30  Little Smokies in BBQ Sauce.... $40
Cheese & Crackers.... $30 Meatballs... $30
Fruit Tray.... $40 Cheesy Artichoke Bites.... $40
Vegetables & Dip.... $30 Chips & Salsa.... $30
Deviled Eggs... $40 Spinach & Artichoke Dip.... $30
BBQ Biscuit Bites.... $40 Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies.... $70
Cocktail Shrimp.... $60 Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.... $70
 Pinwheels.... $30 Grilled Pineapple with Smoked Sausage... $60


  • Unlimited Canned Soda.... $2.25 Per Person
  • Lemonade.... $10 Per five gallons
  • Coffee Service:
    20-50 Servings - $25
    50-100 Servings - $50
  • Beer (After Hours Only).... $4 Per Beer
  • Craft Beer (After Hours Only)...$5 Per Beer
  • Keg Beer avaialble upon request
  • Wine (After Hours Only).... $5 Per Glass
  • Champagne... $12 per bottle

BUFFET OPTIONS: (Served for one hour)

  • Dinner Option 1.... $12.70 Per Guest
    Includes choice of one meat and two sides. Please see options located in Wedding Planning Guide.
  • Dinner Option 2.... $15.70 Per Guest
    Includes choice of two meats and two sides. Please see options located in Wedding Planning Guide.

    All menus include: Tossed salad, bread, and unlimited water and iced tea during your reception, along with clear plastic table and drink ware service.
    Parties consisting of 400 plus guests, please contact Molly Thornburg for menu options.


Group Events Coordinator:   Molly Thornburg
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67212
t: (316) 266-8252
f: (316) 712-9867
Wedding Planning Guide 2017 download pdf
Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 8, 2018 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.