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MEMBER’S MAGAZINE

NOVEMBER · DECEMBER · JANUARY · FEBRUARY

INSIDE

An Extraordinary Career Top Honors to Us ICYMI: New Residents at the Zoo

WINTER 2016 / 2017


FEATURE STORY

ZooTracks

A Sedgwick County Zoological Society magazine for members Publisher Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc. © 2016 All rights reserved. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Mark C. Reed Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc. PRESIDENT Mark C. DeVries TRUSTEES Stanley G. Andeel Kevin J. Arnel Jeff Bloomer Martha C. Buford Cindy Burgess Kelly E. Callen Dave Dahl Amy Ekerberg, DVM Genevieve Farha Sarita Francis Rhonda Fullerton Steven A. Houlik Dale Hoyer Jim Howell Tim Kaufman Don J. Knappenberger Gary Kohn Dave Larson Marvin Long Sam Marnick Bill Moore Mary Lynn Oliver Martin W. Park Sue Pearce Mary Lynn Priest Albert R. Sanchez Mike Scholes Barry Schwan Don Sherman Jay Smith Collin Stieben Sue Watson Joe Williams Tom Windish Sheryl Wohlford

An Extraordinary Career It’s hard to imagine the Zoo without Mark C. Reed at the helm. For the past 37 years, Mark has led the Sedgwick County Zoo on an incredible journey of growth and change. He’s brought the Zoo from a little hometown zoo to the world class zoo that we all know and love. When he officially retires in December, it will take all of us some time to adjust to the change. Before he heads off to the Pacific Northwest in a few months (more on that later), we asked him to share a few memories and thoughts about the future. We hope you’ll enjoy reading the things he has to share. When you became the Executive Director in 1991, what was your first day like? There was a realization that the zoo was now my responsibility. I had that mentally in the back of my mind for three or four weeks before I took over officially, but all of the sudden realizing that everything at the Zoo was now my responsibility, the safety and welfare of all animals, staff and guests. I could tell that first day was different than the day before. After that, the transition was pretty easy. Because I had been here about 11 and half years, I had a distinct advantage; I knew the facility, and the people within the Zoo.

MAGAZINE COMMITTEE Schanee Anderson Melissa Graham Ryan Gulker Scott Newland Steven Onken ON THE COVER— Alika, Western Lowland Gorilla Photo by Amy Hawley

Mark C. Reed with camel.

What do you want your last day at the office to be like? I would love to be out in the Zoo walking around, enjoying the animals and the people who work here. I was only at one other zoo before coming here, and I had the dream when leaving that zoo that I would spend a lot of time walking around the Zoo, enjoying the fruits of my labor and talking with people. But I ended up working that last day up to 3:30 and then there was a


good-bye party and I never got to walk around the Zoo one last time. The next day I moved to Wichita.

Exhibits and Support Facilities Opened During Mark C. Reed’s Term as Executive Director

I will likely have a few short meetings with each one of the senior staff members, but I’m going to try to spend the rest of the time in the Zoo.

• 1993: The North American Prairie, the largest exhibit area at 11 acres, opened.

What is your most memorable moment? I’ll never forget the moment I was on the boardwalk in North America after hours and eight Mexican grey wolf pups came out of the den for the first time. I remember thinking that some of these pups would be released back into the wild, some would go to other zoos to further the species. That was a cool experience. In the end, our residents are the ambassadors to their wild brethren. I’d also add that there are so many instances with the elephants. From being so intimately involved in Mexican Wolf Pup the arrangements and the process of bringing them here to being there when they were about to make their journey to their new homes; knowing that they were being saved and their importance to the long term sustainability of elephants; knowing what they mean to the possibility of future generations being able to experience elephants and to generate awareness for the plight of elephants; or seeing them with Stephanie for the first time, or moving as a herd through the exhibit or seeing them in the water—all have been really cool. What is your biggest accomplishment? Leaving the community a great Zoo is my biggest accomplishment. I’ve had a lot of help from the board, staff, volunteers, and community. Somehow it all galvanized and we really have a world class Zoo. By virtue of our community’s size, you wouldn’t think it would happen. We found the right combination and created something really special here in Wichita. Our Zoo is one of the 30 major zoos, by my standards, in North America. We have one of the largest groups of animals by both species and numbers; you wouldn’t think that would happen in a community the size of Wichita. Zoos are a reflection

• 1994: Biological Tissues Lab. • 1996: The Zoo celebrated its 25th birthday and opened the outside Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat (KOCH). • 2000: The 10,500-square foot Oliver Zoo Animal Hospital opened. The Junior League of Wichita’s Pride of the Plains exhibit opened as their 75th anniversary gift to the community. • 2001: Graphics building to meet the creative needs of the Zoo. • 2002: The entrance of the Zoo was renovated and named the Galey Coleman Entry Plaza. • 2003: Renovation and expansion of the Australia and South America exhibit. • 2004: The Downing Gorilla Forest opened as an immersion exhibit built to replicate eight acres of central African forest. • 2006: The Cargill Learning Center opened to provide more space and a direct entry into the Zoo for education classes. • 2007: The Cessna Penguin Cove opened, bringing the Humboldt penguin to the Zoo. • 2008: The Zoo’s new main restaurant, the Plaza Beastro, opened. • 2009: The Slawson Family Tiger Trek opened, bringing this loved species back to Sedgwick County and enhancing the Asian area of the Zoo; Amphibian Conservation Building constructed to help secure the future of endangered amphibians; and Avian Propagation Facility. • 2013: Renovation and updating the Koch Exhibit. • 2014: Renovation Animal Quarantine building. • 2015: Opening of Tropics, the re-imagined Jungle exhibit. • 2016: Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley opened.

Mark C. Reed with giraffes

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FEATURE of their communities. Good communities make sure that they have great cultural assets; zoos and aquariums are among those assets. That’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed: this community is incredibly supportive. From the very beginning with “Boo Hoo We Need a New Zoo” to almost 17,000 memberships and we’ve got great attendance this year. What animal are you going to miss most? (Disclaimer: It may have been easier to just answer—all of them, but we’ve recorded a few of his favorites in his “stream of conscience kind of way.”) Black rhino, cassowaries, Puerto Rican crested toads and the role we’ve had in saving them in their native habitat. It seems like just about everything is in trouble. We as zoos are concentrating on getting that message out so you fall in love with troubled animals sometimes. Tree kangaroos are adorable. Gorillas are so charismatic, chimps are so active. An animal I thought we’d never have here in my wildest dreams and is one of my favorites, okapi. Komodo dragons are really cool. One animal I never even knew about until the mid 70s was the Chacoan peccary, they are cool when their bristles pop out, they look like pinecones or something. I just thought that was neat as all get out. I remain in wonder of nature’s diversity and animals’ shapes and sizes and personalities. How fast certain animals can move and how majestic they can be. What task are you going to miss most? I will miss doing special Chacoan Peccary behind the scenes tours. Doing them is the one thing that gives me an opportunity to be with the animals, to interact with the guests and exceed their expectations, and time to be with the staff hearing their stories and sharing their experiences. It is the best of all three worlds: being with the guest, animal and staff all at the same time. That’s the most fun part. What task are you not going to miss at all? Dealing with personnel issues is just no fun. Spend a lot of

time making sure you’ve got a cohesive team. We all have our individual quirks, whether it’s refereeing something or more personal. Those are always stressful and no one likes stress. What has been your favorite aspect of being a Zoo Director? Jim Baker, zookeeper and I love making decisions, Mark C. Reed, 1981 knowing that some decisions carry a lot of weight. Everything from what animals, what exhibits are going to look like, how much money we have to spend, how many people to add to the staff, they are all fun decisions to make. What are your hopes for the Zoo’s future? Sedgwick County Zoo is only going to get better, no question in my mind. There is more to be done at your Zoo. There will be things to maintain and improve, but there are new things out there too. I’m most proud to leave behind enough money in the 2017 budget for the new director and board to begin strategic planning and updating the master plan. We have been so fortunate to start with a concept master plan and have followed it, more or less, for nearly 50 years. It’s been tweaked a little along the way and should be reviewed. What is next for you and your family? I’ll disappear for a few months, but before my family moves I’ll get out to the Zoo to see all the parts I didn’t get to see on my last day. Deciding where the next chapter in our lives will begin is turning out to be a little harder than I thought. We’ve at least picked Oregon. We narrowed it down to that state for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it’s vastly different than Kansas. Picking where in Oregon is proving to be quite the ordeal. I want to get out in nature more. I’ve got a lot places I want to go see, a lot of places I want to go hike and camp. I have some volunteer work I want to do. But I also have 50,000 slides to go through and digitize, I’ve got stacks of books I’ve set aside to read that I’m looking forward to getting into.


Cessna Penguin Cove Opening

Will you still visit zoos? It will be different, but I’ll always be a true Zoo buff. I’ll still visit Zoos whenever I travel. I’ll keep up with my zoo colleagues and friends. What is the first thing you will want to see when you come back for a visit in a few years? I’ll want to see the elephant exhibit! I want to see how the exhibit is holding up. Elephants are tough on exhibits. Is there still grass? How are the facilities working out? This is the last exhibit I was involved in the design, and I’ll be leaving when it’s only about six months old. It’s not nearly enough time for full testing! Plus these are all young elephants; they’ve got a lot of growing to do! I’m very curious about how it will look. Any last thoughts to share? Two things: I can remember the first week at the Zoo, going around with Jerry Harrison, assistant County Manager at the time. He told me that I had the best job in the world. I don’t know whether I looked at it that way at the time, but I’ve known for quite some time, at least the last 24 years, that I have had the best job in the world. You can also be confident that you will have a great Zoo. All the staff members are taking great care of your animals. They are getting the best care that they can and it’s all because of you. It’s all because of your support of the Zoo. Thank you for making this Zoo possible. It has been an honor to serve as your Zoo Director.

The Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River

Slawson Family Tiger Trek Opening

If you’d like to send a note to Mark before he retires, please mail them to the Zoo by December 1. Attn: Angela Telford Sedgwick County Zoo 5555 Zoo Blvd. Wichita, KS 67212 Or via email to ask@scz.org

Pride of the Plains Opening

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DISCOVERY

Education Program Schedule Classes are held in the Cargill Learning Center unless otherwise noted. For information, price, and description of classes, programs and events, please visit www.scz.org. Space is limited and tickets are required for classes, events and programs unless noted. All class, program or event participants over the age of 6 months must purchase and bring a ticket in order to attend. All sales are final. Please call 316-266-8213 with questions.

Class

Wee Wigglers Age: 12–23 months Adult attendance required. All classes will be held at Cargill Learning Center.

Date Wed 11/2 Wed 11/2 Thur 11/3 Thur 11/3 Wed 12/7 Wed 12/7 Thur 12/8 Thur 12/8 Tues 1/3 Tues 1/3 Wed 1/4 Wed 1/4 Wed 2/1 Wed 2/1 Thur 2/2 Thur 2/2 Wed 3/1 Wed 3/1 Thur 3/2 Thur 3/2 Tues 4/4 Tues 4/4 Wed 4/5 Wed 4/5 Wed 5/3 Wed 5/3 Thur 5/4 Thur 5/4 Tues 6/6 Tues 6/6 Wed 6/7 Wed 6/7 Wed 7/5 Wed 7/5 Thur 7/6 Thur 7/6 Tues 8/1 Tues 8/1 Wed 8/2 Wed 8/2 Wed 9/6 Wed 9/6 Thur 9/7 Thur 9/7 Tues 10/3 Tues 10/3 Wed 10/4

Topic

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Bird Bird Bird Bird Hedgehog Hedgehog Hedgehog Hedgehog Honeybee Honeybee Honeybee Honeybee Salamander Salamander Salamander Salamander Lizard Lizard Lizard Lizard Penguin Penguin Penguin Penguin Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Horse Horse Horse Horse Chicken Chicken Chicken Chicken Bear Bear Bear Bear Bugs Bugs Bugs

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Class

Wee Wigglers cont... Age: 12–23 months Adult attendance required. All classes will be held at Cargill Learning Center.

Owlet

Date Wed 10/4 Wed 11/1 Wed 11/1 Thur 11/2 Thur 11/2 Tues 12/5 Tues 12/5 Wed 12/6 Wed 12/6

Topic Bugs Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo Worms Worms Worms Worms

Wed 11/16 Bird

Age 2–3 years. Adult Wed 11/16 Bird attendance required. Thur 11/17 Bird +Meet at giraffe feeding station ++Meet at Downing Gorilla Forest tent room +++Meet inside the American Barn ++++Meet at Big Bear Watering Hole

Thur 11/17 Thur 11/17 Tues 12/20 Tues 12/20 Tues 12/20 Wed 12/21 Wed 12/21 Wed 1/18 Wed 1/18 Thur 1/19 Thur 1/19 Thur 1/19 Tues 2/14 Tues 2/14 Tues 2/14 Wed 2/15 Wed 2/15 Wed 3/15 Wed 3/15 Thur 3/16 Thur 3/16 Thur 3/16 Tues 4/18 Tues 4/18 Wed 4/19 Wed 4/19 Wed 4/19 Wed 5/17 Wed 5/17 Thur 5/18 Thur 5/18 Thur 5/18 Tues 6/20 Tues 6/20 Tues 6/20

Bird Bird Hedgehog Hedgehog Hedgehog Hedgehog Hedgehog Honeybee Honeybee Honeybee Honeybee Honeybee Salamander Salamander Salamander Salamander Salamander Lizard Lizard Lizard Lizard Lizard Penguin Penguin Penguin Penguin Penguin Giraffe + Giraffe+ Giraffe+ Giraffe+ Giraffe+ Gorilla++ Gorilla++ Gorilla++

Start–End Time 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m


Class

Date

Owlet cont...

Wed 6/21 Wed 6/21 Wed 7/19 Wed 7/19 +Meet at giraffe feeding station Thur 7/20 ++Meet at Downing Thur 7/20 Gorilla Forest tent Thur 7/20 room Tues 8/15 +++Meet inside the American Barn Tues 8/15 ++++Meet at Big Bear Tues 8/15 Watering Hole Wed 8/16 Wed 8/16 Wed 9/20 Wed 9/20 Thur 9/21 Thur 9/21 Thur 9/21 Tues 10/17 Tues 10/17 Tues 10/17 Wed 10/18 Wed 10/18 Wed 11/15 Wed 11/15 Thur 11/16 Thur 11/16 Thur 11/16 Tues 12/19 Tues 12/19 Tues 12/19 Wed 12/20 Wed 12/20 Age 2–3 years. Adult attendance required.

Ewe & Me

Age 4 – kindergarten. Adult attendance required.

Tues 11/8 Wed 11/9 Wed 11/9 Wed 12/14 Wed 12/14 Thur 12/15 Wed 1/10 Thur 1/11 Thur 1/11 Wed 2/8 Wed 2/8 Thur 2/9 Tues 3/7 Wed 3/8 Wed 3/8 Wed 4/12 Wed 4/12

Topic Gorilla++ Gorilla++ Horse+++ Horse+++ Horse+++ Horse+++ Horse+++ Chicken Chicken Chicken Chicken Chicken Bear++++ Bear++++ Bear++++ Bear++++ Bear++++ Bugs Bugs Bugs Bugs Bugs Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo Worms Worms Worms Worms Worms Fabulous Flight Fabulous Flight Fabulous Flight Who Lives Here Who Lives Here Who Lives Here Kansas Critters Kansas Critters Kansas Critters Penguin Party Penguin Party Penguin Party Snakes are Spectacular Snakes are Spectacular Snakes are Spectacular Farms Around the World Farms Around the World

Start–End Time 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

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Class

Ewe & Me

Pajama Party

Children Age newborn –1st grade. Adult attendance required.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunset Safari

Age 12 months – 6 years Adult attendance required.

Start–End Time

Thur 4/13 Farms Around the 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wed 9/13 Wed 10/11 Wed 10/11 Thur 10/12 Tues 11/7 Wed 11/8 Wed 11/8 Wed 12/13 Wed 12/13 Thur 12/14

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Topic

World Age 4 – kindergarten. Tues 9/12 Roar and More Adult attendance Wed 9/13 Roar and More required.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Date

Roar and More Gorilla, Gorilla Gorilla, Gorilla Gorilla, Gorilla Birdy Beaks Birdy Beaks Birdy Beaks Animal Toys Animal Toys Animal Toys

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Terrific Tails 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Terrific Tails 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Nocturnal Animals 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Nocturnal Animals 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sensational Sounds 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sensational Sounds 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Brr…It's Cold 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Outside Fri 2/10 Brr…It's Cold 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Outside Sat 3/4 Watch Your Step! 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 3/10 Watch Your Step! 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 4/1 What's in a Name? 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 4/7 What's in a Name? 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 5/6 Enormous Elephants 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 5/12 Enormous Elephants 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 6/2 Proud Primates 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 6/10 Proud Primates 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. South America 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 7/1 Scoop South America 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 7/7 Scoop Sat 8/5 Fantastic Farms 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 8/11 Fantastic Farms 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 9/2 Zoo Chefs—Stories, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Snacks & More! Fri 9/8 Zoo Chefs—Stories, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Snacks & More! Fri 10/6 Creatures of the 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Night Sat 10/14 Creatures of the 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Night Sat 11/4 Fabulous Flight 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 11/10 Fabulous Flight 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 12/2 Animals to Count On 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 12/8 Animals to Count On 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 11/5 Fri 11/11 Sat 12/3 Fri 12/9 Sat 1/7 Fri 1/13 Sat 2/4

Tues 11/8 Tues 12/13 Tues 1/10 Tues 2/14 Tues 3/14 Tues 4/11

Bird Hedgehog Honeybee Salamander Lizard Penguin

6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

– 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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DISCOVERY Class

Sunset Safari cont... Ages 12 months – 6 years Adult attendance required.

Date Tues 5/9 Tues 6/13 Tues 7/11 Tues 8/8 Tues 9/12 Tues 10/10 Tues 11/14 Tues 12/12

Tot Tuesdays Tues 11/22 Ages 3 – 5 years, Tues 1/24 siblings welcome. Tues 2/28 Adult attendance required.

Tues 3/28 Tues 4/25 Tues 5/23 Tues 6/27 Tues 7/25 Tues 8/22 Tues 9/26

Tues 10/24 Tues 11/28

ZOOper Kids Grade 1–5

Class

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Homeschool Wed 11/2 Expeditions Wed 12/7

Talking Turkeys 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Hooray for Kansas 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Awesome Amphibians 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Totally Turtles Whistling Winds 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Enormous Elephants 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Gorilla Crazy 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Keeping Cool 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Parrots 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Colors and Camouflage 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Frogs & Toads Animal Sounds 10:30 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sat 12/17 Tropics Basement and More! Sat 3/18 Australia and South America Birds Sat 6/24 Amphibian and Reptile Greenhouse Sat 9/23 Oliver Animal Hospital Sat 12/2 Education and Farms

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sat 7/8 Sat 8/12 Sat 9/16 Sat 10/14 Sat 11/18 Sat 12/9

Grades 1–5

Giraffe Gorilla Horse Chicken Bear Bugs Flamingo Worms

Start–End Time

Turkey Talk Cat Tails Science of Cold Fur-tastick Vanishing Domestics Amazing Apes Phases and Stages It's Not Easy Being Green Life Around the Watering Hole Treehouses and Toadstools Flocks of Fun The Unhuggables Turkey Talk Animal Gift Givers

Sat 11/5 Sat 12/3 Sat 1/7 Sat 2/11 Sat 3/4 Sat 4/8 Sat 5/13 Sat 6/10

Junior Behind the Scenes Tours

Topic

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Grades 1 – 5 Adult attendance required

Date

Wed 1/18 Wed 2/15 Wed 3/15 Wed 4/12 Wed 5/3 Wed 8/16 Wed 9/6 Wed 10/11 Wed 11/8 Wed 12/6

WOW

Grades 1–5

Wheeling Wild Tuesdays

Topic

Start–End Time

Zoo Doc 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Big Cover Up 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Lizard Lessons 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Going to the Dogs 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Farms Fun 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Going Ape 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Incredible Egg 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sensational 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Senses Animal Islanders 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Fact or Fiction 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Furry Flappers 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Fine Feathered 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Friends

Wed 11/23 Thanksgiving Safari Tues 1/3 Inservice Discovery Day Tues 2/21 Inservice Discovery Day Mon 3/20 –Fri 3/24 Spring Fling Mon 4/17 Inservice Discovery Day

10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.

Mon 11/20 Inservice Discovery Day Tues 11/21 Inservice Discovery Day Wed 11/22 Thanksgiving Safari

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 14 3rd Tuesday of thru the month October 17

5:30p.m. p.m. ––6:30 6:30p.m. p.m. 5:30

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Bicycle X-change

**Rides will not be made up if inclement weather

Senior Wednesdays Active guests over 55 years. No advance tickets.

10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Wed 11/9 Gentle Giants 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Wed 1/11 Grocery Store Conservation Wed 2/8 Frog Watch: Citizen 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Science Wed 3/8 National 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. "Everything You Think is Wrong" Day 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Wed 4/12 Black-Footed Ferrets Wed 5/10 Heritage Breeds 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Wed 6/14 Monkey Around Day10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Wed 7/12 Animal Signs and 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Symbols Wed 8/9 Some Like it Hot, 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Others Do Not Wed 9/13 Praise for Pollinators 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Wed 10/11 Great to Go Batty 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Wed 11/8 Diets and More: The 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Zoo Commissary


DISCOVERY Class

Social Hour Age 21 and older

Date

Topic

Start–End Time

Fri 11/18 Wild Wines—FULL 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 1/21 Coffee with a Hint of Conservation—NON 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ALCOHOLIC

Sponsored by House of Schwan and Glazer's

Sat 2/11 Pucker Up: The Science Behind Taste—NON

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

ICYMI: Births at the Zoo Meet Navarro and Valentia, Mexican wolf pups. First-time parents, Yoali and Angus, welcomed Navarro (male) and Valentia (female) to the pack in early May. These two are growing up very fast, but are still very playful!

ALCOHOLIC

Beastly Beers Craft 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Edition Fri 6/30 Drunken Botanist 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 7/15 Ice Cream in the 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Congo—NON Fri 4/7

ALCHOLIC

Sat 8/12 Beastly Beers 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 9/30 Cocktails with the 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Creatures Sat 12/9 Wild Wines 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Coffee Connections Geared towards adults but all ages welcome

NO COST

No advance tickets required.

Sponsored by Spice Merchant

Get Into Nature

Geared towards families with young children but all ages welcome. Adult attendance required.

Mon 12/5 Kinna Middleton— Veldt Mon 2/7 North America Mon 3/6 Reptiles and Amphibians Mon 4/3 Veterinary Medicine Mon 5/1 Children's Farms Mon 6/5 Horticulture Mon 7/3 Zookeeper Apprentice Mon 8/7 Administration Mon 10/2 Tropics Mon 11/6 Austraila/South America Birds Mon 12/4 Education Sat 3/18 Wee Bit of Fun Tues 3/21 Wee Bit of Fun

9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Sat 4/15 Nature Detectives 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tues 4/18 Nature Detectives 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tues 5/16 Construction Zone 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sat 5/20 Construction Zone 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sat 6/17 City Slickers Tues 6/20 City Slickers Sat 7/15 Just Add Water Tues 7/18 Just Add Water Tues 8/15 Dog Days Sat 8/19 Dog Days Sat 9/16 A Leg up Tues 9/19 A Leg up Tues10/17 On the Move Sat 10/21 On the Move

Creature Campout

9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Fri 4/14 Frog Watch 5:30 p.m – Sat 4/22 Frog Watch—Happy 5:30 p.m – Earth Day Age five and older . Adult attendance Fri 5/19 Frog Watch 5:30 p.m – required. Sat 6/24 Frog Watch—Great 5:30 p.m – American Backyard Campout

9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Meet Amani, okapi calf. Amani was born on May 30 to mom, Likimi and dad, Ulimi. Amani is the third okapi to be born at the Zoo, and the first female! Meet Alika, gorilla baby. In the late hours of August 3, Zoo staff welcomed a female lowland gorilla baby into the world. This is the first gorilla birth at the Zoo and the first baby born to Barika, 15 and Matt, 23. The baby has been named, Alika, meaning most beautiful. Fall Baby Boom in Farms! Meet Wentworth, karakul sheep! He was born Saturday, September 10. Karakuls are born with very soft, curly wool that later becomes more straight and coarse. It is very easy to card, spin and weave. Their wool is great for making beautiful, durable rugs. There may have been a few more births after this printing so make sure to plan a trip to the Children’s Farms soon!

Creature Campout cont...

Fri 7/21 Frog Watch— Indoor Campout Sat 9/16 Frog Watch Fri 10/6 Frog Watch Sat 12/30 Frog Watch— Indoor Campout

5:30 p.m – 9:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m – 9:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m – 9:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m – 9:30 a.m.

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ADVENTURE

Winter Wednesdays 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.

Admission is just $3.00 per person!

Veterans Day

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

Season’s Treatings Saturday, December 10 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. 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! Visit scz.org for schedule of activities. Regular Zoo admission applies. Members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Children's Farms Festival:

Holiday in the Barn

complimentary admission on November 11, 2016 for

Saturday, December 17 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

all military personnel (active and retired) and their

The barn is decorated and the animals have their

immediate family.

stockings hung. Now they're awaiting the arrival of Santa!

and service! As a special thank you, we are offering

Come to the Zoo and visit with Santa, play with farm To receive free admission on November 11, visitors

toys and catch animal demonstrations featuring animals

must show a military or veteran organization

found in a manger!

ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel

Demonstration times are every half hour starting at

must show an active duty ID.

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.


THANK YOU

lion TIGER

We would like to thank Schlotzsky’s for their generous

PENGUIN Amur leopard

that educated over 525 students on October 14th 2016.

donation of lunches to presenters and volunteers

elephant

at Safari Edventure Day 2016. Schlotzsky’s delicious

Red Panda

donation allowed us to feed 50 presenters and volunteers Thank You Schlotzsky’s!

poitou donkey ORANGUTAN

GORILLA

tree kangaroo

Zebra

Chimpanzees

Puerto Rican crested toad

Sedgwick County Zoo

MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE: Free Unlimited Visits for 1 Year GUEST PASSES

Two ZooKeys

Tons of wild fun!

Make your shopping easy! Call

266.8211

Click

scz.org

Come by

5555 Zoo Blvd Wichita, KS 67212

96

$

PRICES START AT

FOR A SINGLE PLUS MEMBERSHIP

Gift Memberships available through 12/31/2016

A HOLIDAY Tradition

Are there

“I Do ’s ” in your future? Say "I Do!" at the Sedgwick County Zoo! A wedding at the 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. Visit our Weddings page at scz.org or call Catherine Helms at 316.266.8252 for more information on celebrating your special day at the Zoo!

Adopt the Sedgwick County Zoo gorilla family and receive an exclusive keepsake ornament to be enjoyed for years to come! The gift package also includes recognition inside the Zoo, plus a Zookeeper’s Animal Report.

Just $40 11


CONSERVATION

Top Honors to Us! We are honored to be among a group of outstanding zoos to be recognized for our years of hard work with GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center). In September we received top honors for the 2016 International Conservation Award given by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums! The recognition is for our conservation efforts to rescue and save Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) aims to create an in situ, or in country, facility where orphaned Grauer’s gorillas can receive the care they need and also learn the skills for reintroduction back into the wild. GRACE also strives to provide educational opportunities for local communities to promote gorilla conservation around Tayna Nature Reserve. This Award Belongs to You Too! Visiting the Zoo gives you an opportunity to see wild animals up close and thus gain understanding, appreciation, and respect for some magnificent creatures that many people may never get to see in the wild. But you are also helping animals by contributing to conservation programs, which allows us to play a part in safeguarding the world’s wildlife. Our Quarters for Conservation program gives .25¢ of every gate admission and $2.50 of every membership to support Sedgwick County Zoo conservation efforts in the wild.

Primary Threats to Gorillas in the Wild Western Lowland and Cross River Gorillas: Critically Endangered • The primary threats to Western lowland and Cross River gorillas are poaching, habitat loss and fragmentation, and the Ebola virus. Where Ebola outbreaks occur, mortality rates in gorillas are as high as 95% and it is thought that all protected areas with populations of animals are at risk of being affected. • Timber harvest has increased in their range in the past 2–3 decades, and with it roads have been built in areas previously inaccessible to hunters, resulting in disastrous impacts on gorilla populations. • These threats are thought to be worsening rather than improving, and are exacerbated by a very low reproductive rate. • Cross River gorillas are further threatened by potential inbreeding and loss of genetic diversity associated with small population size as well as encroachment by human settlement. Mountain and Grauer's Gorillas: Endangered • Grauer's gorillas are also affected by habitat loss and fragmentation, with a similar result of increasing access for and incidence of hunting and capture of infants. • Political instability and associated military activity have been and are currently a threat to both mountain and Grauer's gorillas in portions of their range. • Though ecotourism is an important component of mountain gorilla conservation, this subspecies is at risk of human-gorilla disease transmission during these activities.

Learn more about GRACE at www.gracegorillas.org Photos provided by GRACE

Taken from AZA SAFE website https://www.aza.org/SAFE-gorilla


FRIENDS & FAMILY Sedgwick County Zoo recognizes

Rhonda Carra

with the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award. Since 2013, Rhonda has volunteered in the Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzees Habitat, with Ape Watchers, in Australia and South America mammal department, as a docent and occasionally, volunteers for special events. In 2015, Rhonda volunteered 1,082 hours and has well over 1,500 hours in her time here at the Zoo. Guests may most easily recognize one of Rhonda’s many talents during our Easter Eggstravaganza and Season’s Treatings events. She is the volunteer that provides handmade plush animals for the apes, a project that she does outside of her time at the Zoo.

Are You on the List?

The e-newsletter list that is! We’ve revamped our monthly email newsletter to bring you more information about what’s going on around the Zoo and tons of other fun information. The Tracks is a mini version of ZooTracks, only you’ll be getting it monthly instead of twice a year! To make sure that your email address is on the list: Call 316-266-8211 | Email members@scz.org Stop in the office! Please rest assured that we do not share or sell Zoo membership information (including email address) with other organizations or businesses.

What sets Rhonda apart this year was her involvement and participation in the Orangutan Husbandry Workshop the Zoo hosted in October of last year. Rhonda was one of a small group who personally designed, cleaned, cut and sewed 255 billboard bags that were used as gift bags for the workshop. These bags were also sold, raising money for the Ape TAG conservation fund. “Rhonda’s dedication to the Zoo, the staff, and the animals are what we dream of when we have a volunteer come to work with us,” said Katie Kimble, senior keeper of Australia and South America mammals, “She has been a joy to have around and a pleasure to work with. We aren’t sure what we would do without her!” In 2015, the Sedgwick County Zoo totaled 835 volunteers who donated 33,385 hours. Volunteers help the Zoo by giving their time which in turn saves the Zoo money. The cumulative hours donated by the Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers in 2015 were equal to 17 fulltime employees. Thanks to all of you for what you do to help make the Zoo the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas.

Jungle Birthday Party (ages 1 and older)

Down on Zoo Farm Birthday Party (ages 4–6 years)

The birthday child and guests will have an adventure down on Zoo Farm, meet Each party includes a an animal visitor, paint a canvas for the cake, animal crackers birthday child to keep, and learn about or popcorn, fruit farms through educational play. punch beverage and party favor for each Discovery Birthday Party child with a special birthday backpack for (ages 7–10 years) the birthday child. The birthday child and guests will have a learning adventure, play educational games, paint a canvas for the birthday child to keep, meet live animal visitors, Visit scz.org and take a guided Zoo tour.

for more information!

Explorer Birthday Party for ages 8–12 years, also available. 13


FRIENDS & FAMILY

Leaving a Legacy

When you consider how the Sedgwick County Zoo has flourished during its brief history, what you might foresee for its future is nothing short of breathtaking. Today your Zoo is a resource not only to our community, but to the many rare and endangered species it works to protect; to the children of all ages who learn about the natural world here; to the thousands of visitors from throughout our region and the world who have made it the number one outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas. The manner in which planned gifts are established can also take different forms. Among the most common are: A BEQUEST: You simply specify in your will that certain assets you own (cash, property, stock) are to be left to the Zoo after your passing. A TRUST: A trust can be structured in different ways, depending on your objectives. CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST: During the established term (usually the lifetime of the donor), this trust pays income to the Zoo. At the end of the term, the principal is returned to the donor or their beneficiaries. CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST: With this trust, the process is reversed: during its term (again, usually the lifetime of the donor), you or your beneficiaries receive regular income, as well as potential tax benefits. At the end of the term, the remainder of the trust assets passes to the Zoo. A GIFT OF LIFE INSURANCE: By designating the Zoo as owner and beneficiary of a personal life insurance policy, you can make a substantial gift for a relatively low cost. RETAINED LIFE ESTATE: You may make a gift of your house to the Zoo; you retain the right to live in the house for as long as you live, but upon your death, ownership passes to the Zoo. If you have chosen to remember the Sedgwick County Zoo in your estate planning, or if you would like further details on ways to include the Zoo in your plans, please contact:

Steve Onken Director of Development Telephone: (316) 266.8209 E-mail: sonken@scz.org

Spend the Night at the Zoo! Join us for an overnight outdoor adventure or an indoor sleepover experience like none other! Creature Campouts offer exciting camping experiences on select dates. They are perfect for individuals, families, and friends. All participants must be at least five years old at the time of the campout. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $30 per person for members and $35 per person for nonmembers. Register for a campout at scz.org.

Upcoming Creature Campout Dates: April 14 April 22 May 19 June 24 July 21* September 16 October 6 December 30* All Creature Campouts begin at 5:30 p.m. If you're looking for an exciting activity for your scout, church, school group or family, but you don't want to mess with camping equipment; Nocturnal Adventures might just be what you’re looking for! You pick the night and the sleepover location! Fees are $25 per person regardless of membership status. There is a minimum of 15 participants.

Choose your sleeping area: Slawson Family Tiger Trek (maximum of 30 guests) The Downing Gorilla Forest*(maximum of 60 guests) North American Prairie Overlook Cargill Learning Center To schedule your Nocturnal Adventure at the Zoo, contact the education department at 266-8213! Space and dates are limited for both opportunities, so call today! *These campouts will be held indoors.


FRIENDS & FAMILY

2015 Annual Report Other Income 12%

OPERATING SUPPORT: Sedgwick County Donations & Grants Other Contributions

$5,417,439 $98,130 $136,426

Operating Revenue:

Sedgwick County 45.2%

Memberships 14.4%

Admissions $2,059,759 Concessions $1,122,361 Memberships $1,727,140 Other Income: Zoobilee Promotional Events Education Programs Investment Income Miscellaneous

$1,021,448 $221,906 $162,260 $0 $27,770

Concessions 9.4% Admissions 17.2% Other Contributions 1.1%

Donations & Grants 0.8%

TOTAL SUPPORT & REVENUE $11,994,639 Operating Expenses:

Infrastructure & Equipment 3.1%

Salaries & Benefits $7,348,816 Repairs & Maintenance $349,376 Utilities $569,733 Other: Promotions & Advertising $404,900 Animal Food $581,628 Other Supplies $671,249 Professional Services $15,400 Animal Purchases $9,993 Insurance $139,355 Contractual $364,399 Miscellaneous $587,420 Infrastructure & Equipment $352,190

Salaries & Benefits 64.5%

Other 24.3%

Utilities 5% Repairs & Maintenance 3.1%

TOTAL EXPENSES & INFRASTRUCTURE $11,394,459 TOTAL SUPPORT & REVENUE OVER (UNDER EXPENSES)* $600,180

*This reflects the amount of expense from prior year carry over funded for infrastructure and small capital projects.

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To inspire discovery, appreciation, and respect for animals and nature

HAVE A

PLANNING YOUR VISIT Winter Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

AT THE ZOO Your guests will be welcomed with holiday decorations, your choice of Hot Chocolate or Apple Cider, and festive holiday music. Lunch and evening party packages for groups of 20 to 120 guests are available.

For more information call 316.266.8252 or email Catherine.Helms@scz.org

Visit scz.org to purchase tickets or renew your membership.

TAKE YOUR PICK! WE’RE OPEN 364 DAYS A YEAR!

Speed up your rate of entry by purchasing any additional tickets online at scz.org for family or friends who don’t have a membership. You can print tickets at home and everyone can enjoy the Zoo adventure that much quicker!

Regular Admission • Adults (ages 12+) $14.95 • Senior Citizens (62+) $11.95 • Children (ages 3–11) $9.95 • Children ages 2 and under Free *Admission price subject to change in 2016.

NOVEMBER

zoo gift shop coupon valid from 11/1/16 to 11/30/16

15

T-shirts, Coats, % OFF Sweatshirts

Regular priced merchandise only. One Coupon per person/per purchase. Must have membership ID and coupon to redeem.

JANUARY

zoo gift shop coupon valid from 1/1/17 to 1/31/17

15

% Clearance OFF

One Coupon per person/per purchase. Must have membership ID and coupon to redeem.

DECEMBER

zoo gift shop coupon valid from 12/1/16 to 12/31/16

25

% One

OFF Purchase

Regular priced merchandise only. One Coupon per person/per purchase. Must have membership ID and coupon to redeem.

FEBRUARY

zoo gift shop coupon valid from 2/1/17 to 2/29/17

15

Hats, Gloves, % OFF Sweatshirts

Regular priced merchandise only. One Coupon per person/per purchase. Must have membership ID and coupon to redeem.

Visit scz.org to purchase tickets or renew your membership.

FREE Tram Tour (Weather permitting.)

Enjoy a FREE narrated tram tour of the Zoo! You can hop on or off at any of the five designated tram stops. Using the tram to get around the Zoo allows you to see more of the Zoo during your visit! And it’s FREE! All aboard!

Wheelchair Rental:

• Push wheelchairs: $5 per visit • Electric wheelchairs: $25/3 hours, $5 each additional hour

Stroller Rental:

• Single stroller: $6 • Double stroller: $9

Giraffe Feeding Station:

• DAILY: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Just $2 per person/per feeding

2016 Winter Zoo Tracks  

A member magazine for Sedgwick County Zoo. Keep up with the news and conservation efforts of your local zoo.

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