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Signature Zoo Events

Signature Zoo Events give you more great reasons to keep coming back to the Zoo. Enjoy the great outdoors each and every season as we celebrate in Zoo style.

Friday, May 27: 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of the opening of this brand new elephant habitat! The Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley habitat will be open for all to explore from this day forward!

Saturday, May 28, 2016: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Zoo will be hosting Endangered Species Day. This event is a fantastic opportunity for all ages to come out and learn about the importance of protecting endangered wildlife and see how the Zoo is doing their part to help. Interactive stations will be located throughout the Zoo for you to investigate and talk one on one with the zookeepers. Discover what your Sedgwick County Zoo is doing to aid in saving endangered animals from around the world and what you can do to help! We hope to see all of you there!

Regular Zoo admission applies; members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Riverfest Discount

June 3 - 11, 2016: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wear your Riverfest button to the Zoo and receive $2 off admission with your Riverfest button!

Everyone in group needs to have a Riverfest button on to receive the discount.


Friday and Saturday, June 17 & 18, 2016: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you are looking for a cool activity this summer, think about joining us for Ape Awareness! Come learn more about the three types of apes living at Sedgwick County Zoo: gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans.

Activities for all age groups will include participating in keeper chats, learning about ape enrichment, discovering recycling opportunities, and investigating the struggles that apes face. There will also be ape merchandise available to purchase, with proceeds going toward ape conservation projects.

2016 Keeper Chat Schedule
11:30 a.m. - Gorilla
1:00 p.m. - Orangutan
1:15 p.m. - Gorilla
1:45 p.m. - Chimpanzee
2:15 p.m. - Orangutan
2:30 p.m. - Gorilla
2:45 p.m. - Chimpanzee

Regular Zoo Admission applies. Members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Sunday, June 19, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dads, grab your crew, put the pedal to the metal and cruise on out to the Sedgwick County Zoo for Father’s Day. See cool classic cars, antique autos and vintage hot rods while exploring your favorite animal exhibits at the Zoo.

Dads are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child. (If child is 2 and under, another paid admission will get dad free admission.)

Online Car Show Registration NOW OPEN!>

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2016 event sponsored by: Classic Hits KEYN 103.7

Every Tuesday in July, 2016: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

FREE admission with a Cox Voucher or Sedgwick County Zoo membership beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Vouchers can be picked up at any area Cox Solutions Store.

Wichita Locations:
2556 N. Maize Rd., Suite 102
2240 N. Rock Rd., Suite 101
725 E. Douglas Ave.

Derby Location:
1636 N. Rock Rd., Suite 100

El Dorado Location:
101 E. 12th Ave

Newton Location:
417 Windward Dr.

2015 event sponsored by: Cox

Children's Farms Festival: County Fair

Saturday, July 30, 2016: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Farms by participating in some old-fashioned county fair activities. Learn how animals are judged at the fair and much more. You might even win a blue ribbon yourself!

Regular admission applies. Members are free with membership card and photo ID.

Saturday, August 6, 2016: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission is just $1 per person!
Members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Don't forget to bring school supplies to help needy kids in our community!

2015 event sponsored by: KAKEland and Dillons

Saturday, September 10, 2016: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Zoo is open 364 days a year, closing only one day in preparation for the biggest fund raising event in Wichita — Zoobilee. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. We hope that you will plan to visit the Zoo one of the other 364 days of the year. And remember, the Zoo is always closed the day of Zoobilee — which always falls on the first Saturday after Labor Day.

Saturday, September 10, 2016: 6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Musical entertainment and wild animals will greet you as you arrive for this annual fundraiser. Bring your appetites for delicious delicacies from our community’s favorite restaurants. Bid on hundreds of items in the Zoo’s one-of-a-kind Silent Auction! Participate in our Live Auction! Adopt the gorillas, penguins or tigers; there are many more from which to choose! Dance the night away to the rhythm of several bands performing throughout the Zoo! Adult beverages will be served at this Signature Zoo Event so please be prepared to show a valid driver’s license. Plan to join the fun!

Tickets will go on sale August 1.
(Ticket value is $30.00, balance is tax deductible)

Call 316.266.8273 to order tickets by phone.

Please note: Zoobilee will be held RAIN or SHINE. Tickets are not refundable or transferable.

THANK YOU to our 2015 sponsors, food vendors and everyone else who made this event so great!

5th Grade Fire Prevention Adventure

Tuesday, October 11, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5th grade teachers will need to register their class for the Fire Prevention Adventure to enjoy this exciting day of promoting fire prevention and safety. The goal of this event is to provide 5th grade students in the community with interactive, hands-on learning experiences as they visit booths and displays, and to increase the students' awareness of the multifaceted tasks of a Fire Department. This year's activities may include:

  • Vehicle Extrication and JAWS Demonstration
  • Hazardous Materials Team Demonstration
  • How to use a Fire Extinguisher Demonstration
  • High-Rise Rescue Demonstration
  • Try on Firefighting Gear
  • EagleMed Helicopter

Registration for this event is now CLOSED.

This event is brought to us by the Sedgwick County, Hutchinson, Wichita, McConnell, and Winfield Fire Departments.

Children's Farms Festival: Bee Day

Saturday, October 8, 2016: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Regular admission applies. Members are free with membership card and photo ID.

Saturday, October 15, 2016: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hit the open road for one WILD ride for the Sedgwick County Zoo! The day will include: a great breakfast at the Zoo to get your motor running, a tour of parts of beautiful Kansas in the fall, great prizes, and a ton of fun; all while supporting one of Kansas’ favorite community attractions!

Early Bird Registration: $20
Registration the Day of Event: $25
Passengers ride free. Registration includes one poker card, t-shirt, and breakfast for one.

8:00 a.m.      
Registration/check in at Sedgwick County Zoo. Before you ride, fill your tank with an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast served by Chris Cakes. Breakfast for passengers is just $5.

10:00 a.m. - LAST BIKE OUT     
Hit the open road for one WILD ride while you work to build the best poker hand. This ride is about 100 miles roundtrip and begins and ends at the Zoo. Stops include: Alefs Harley-Davidson in Park City; the Andale City Park; The Second Table Café in Yoder; a quaint location in Cheney and, of course, the Zoo!

2:00 p.m. - ALL BIKES BACK      
Arrive back at the Zoo for more fun, wild animals and great prizes! Finish off your poker hand at the Zoo to see if you're a winner. 

Registration will open in September!
Questions? E-mail:

2015 event sponsored by: Alefs Harley Davidson, Piping & Equipment Co, Inc, My TV Wichita, Fox Kansas, Pepsi, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay,  T-95 and 104.5 the Fox

Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Zoo will be accepting plants at the Zoo for drop off in the Zoo Administration parking lot. We will accept tropical plants, and perennials in containers of 12 inches or larger. Ferns, selloums, ficus always seem to be very popular among the donations. We will take as many of these as we can, but may not be able to take all of them.

Sedgwick County Zoo does not need annuals (petunias, impatiens, marigolds, pansies, coleus etc.). Cacti and succulents will be accepted on a case-by-case basis only.

If your plants are too big for you to drop off at the Zoo, please call Cheryl Rice, Curator of Horticulture, at 266-8204 to schedule pick up.

What does the Zoo do with all the donated plants? Well, your plants will be used in a variety of places including the Tropics, The Downing Gorilla Forest and the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat. Others might be divided to propagate more plants. Large ficus (fig) trees and hibiscus trees can be used in our winter holding barn for perching birds. These plants may not be visible to our Zoo guests but they play an important role in providing an enriching environment for our birds that can’t stay out during the winter months.

Night of the Living Zoo presented by Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

October 28, 29 & 30, 2016: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bring your ghouls and goblins for a night of not-too-scary Halloween fun at the Sedgwick County Zoo! Several ghoulish activities, like pumpkin bowling and beanbag tosses, can be found throughout the Zoo. Wear your costumes if you dare and take a stroll down jack-o-lantern lane, creep up to candy stations and let your spirit come alive!

You can wander the Zoo at your leisure, visiting Dracula and the fortune tellers, playing fun Halloween games, seeing creepy displays, and visiting Candy Land on your way out!

Please note: You might see animals in their outdoor exhibits, but most animals will not be in attendance at this event.

Advance tickets: Tickets on Sale Starting October 1
$7.00 area QuikTrip Stores or online! 

Tickets purchased at gate:
$7.00 for Zoo members and $9.00 for nonmembers.

Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.

2015 event sponsored by: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, QuikTrip, Learning Quest, Fox Kansas, My TV Wichita, B98, Channel 96.3, and KZSN The Bull.

Friday, November 11, 2016: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We salute our nation’s military service members, both active duty and veterans, for their dedication and service! As a special thank you we are offering complimentary admission on November 11, 2016 for all military personnel (active and retired) and their immediate family.

To receive free admission on November 11, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.

Saturday, December 10, 2016: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visit the Zoo to celebrate the holidays! Come learn firsthand what "animal enrichment" is all about while watching the animals receive special holiday-themed treats!

While you're here, stop by the Plaza Beastro for some hot chocolate, and don't forget to peruse the Gift Shop, it's a great place to purchase presents for the animal lovers on your list! The Gift Shop has great deals!

Regular Zoo Admission applies. Members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

2015 Season's Treatings Schedule*
10:10 a.m. Orangutans Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat
10:15 a.m. Elk North America
  Bison North America
10:30 a.m.
Chimpanzees Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat
  Cougars North America
10:45 a.m. Black Bears North America
11:00 a.m. Gorillas The Downing Gorilla Forest
11:15 a.m. Grizzly Bear North America
11:30 a.m. Tigers Slawson Family Tiger Trek
12:30 p.m. Box Turtles Cargill Learning Center
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Holiday Activities Cargill Learning Center
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Holiday Activities American Barn - Children's Farms
1:15 p.m. Hippos Africa
1:30 p.m. Rhinos Africa
2:00 p.m. Kea Australia
  Bald Eagle & Turkey Vulture North America
3:00 p.m. Domestic Cat Cargill Learning Center


Also Receiving Treats, Not at Scheduled Times
Domestic animals Children’s Farms
Amur leopards Asia
Tropics Residents Tropics
Lions, African Painted Dogs Pride of the Plains


*Schedule is subject to change.

Some animals may be off exhibit due to weather.

Saturday, December 17, 2016: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The barn is decorated and the animals have their stockings hung. Now they're awaiting the arrival of Santa! Come to the Zoo and visit with Santa, play with farm toys and catch animal demonstrations featuring animals found in a manger!

Demonstration times are every half hour starting at 1:30 p.m. The last demonstration will be at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for some holiday fun at the Farms!

Regular admission applies. Members are free with membership card and photo ID.

Every Wednesday, November 2016 through February 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grab your coats, throw on your mittens and head over to the Sedgwick County Zoo for Winter Wednesdays! Spend the day in the refreshing outdoors for $3.00 per person every Wednesday, November through February.

Sponsored by: 105.3 The Buzz

2017 Date to be Determined: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us as we shear the sheep and prepare for spring. The Zoo’s Tunis, Karakul, and Navajo Churro sheep will be sheared in the American Barn throughout the morning. Guests will get to feel the different wool, try their hand at wool carding and hand spinning. Knitters and spinners will also be on hand to show you how this beautiful wool can be turned into sweaters, scarves and much more. It will be a fun time for all!

Regular Zoo admission applies; members get in free with membership card and photo ID.

Saturday, April 15, 2017: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come one, come all and enjoy Easter activities throughout the day! Meet the Easter bunny, participate in egg guessing games and much more! Kids are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets to collect goodies located throughout the Zoo.

There are no traditional Easter egg hunts at Easter Eggstravaganza. We have hidden giant Easter eggs around the Zoo. As you visit the Zoo be sure to count how many of the giant eggs you see. Turn the number in at the tent outside the gift shop and receive a prize!

A special activity for children with special needs will be held at 1:00 p.m. and an activity for visually impaired children will be held at 2:00 p.m. Registration is now closed for these activities.

Regular Zoo admission applies; members get in free with membership card and photo ID.

2016 event sponsored by: BOB FM, Hank FM, and The Kansas CW

Beeper eggs provided by:

2017 Date to be Determined: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
We're planning a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day! This FREE environmental fair gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to protect and care for the world we live in. With hands-on activities and interactive exhibits, there are many learning opportunities for children. Activities are geared towards third through fifth grade. 

TEACHERS: Registration is now CLOSED! Registration will be available in February.

Admission is FREE the entire day.

Event sponsored by: Meritrust and Black Hills Energy

2017 Date to be Determined: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
You’re invited to a Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Sedgwick County Zoo! Come celebrate with food, music and fun! Exhibitors, authentic Mexican food vendors and live music on the main stage are all part of the festivities during this exciting celebration. And don’t forget to see your favorite Zoo animals while you’re here!

Interested in vendor space? Call La Raza at 316-686-9970.

Regular admission applies. Members will be admitted free with a membership card and photo ID.

2016 event sponsored by La Raza 99.7 FM, Pearson Construction and House of Schwan

Sunday, May 14, 2017: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the beauty of spring and treat your mom to a visit to the Zoo on her special day! Visit our newest babies and their Zoo moms while enjoying the great family atmosphere!

All moms are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child. (If child is 2 and under, another paid admission will get mom free admission.)

Stop by the Pavilion from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and enjoy a wonderful all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes pancake & sausage brunch for just $5 a plate.

2016 event sponsored by: BOB FM 97.1, and Hank FM 100.5

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Signature Zoo Events!



Children's Farms Festival: Heritage Breeds Day

Saturday, May 21, 2016: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Meet the different heritage breeds at the Zoo, discover what it takes to care for them, and all the ways they help us.

Activity Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m. Nigerian dwarf goat animal encounter
  • 11:00 a.m. Nankin chicken animal encounter
  • Noon American cream draft horse animal encounter

Games for kids & animal art in the American Barn
Artifacts in African Farm
Fiber information in Asian Farm

Regular Zoo admission applies; members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 10, 2016 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
Father's Day Car Show Flyer & Registration download pdf
Signature Event Information Line:  
Sedgwick County Zoo
t: (316) 266-8386