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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation 2012 Annual Report Michelle and Kivu's Moving Tips



A Sedgwick County Zoological Society magazine for members Publisher Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc. © 2013 All rights reserved. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Mark C. Reed Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc. PRESIDENT Scott Ochs TRUSTEES Stanley G. Andeel Kevin J. Arnel Jeff Bloomer Ron Brunton William P. Buchanan Martha C. Buford Cindy Burgess Kelly E. Callen Mark C. DeVries Allan Dunne Genevieve Farha Rhonda Fullerton Michael Herbert Ronald Holt Dale Hoyer Dirk Jones Sarah Kauffman Don J. Knappenberger Gary Kohn Marvin Long Jim Ludwig Buz Lukens Gayle Malone Sam Marnick Martin W. Park Sue Pearce Mary Lynn Priest Scott Redler Albert R. Sanchez Barry Schwan Jay Smith David M. Unruh Marty Wells Sheryl Wohlford MAGAZINE COMMITTEE Schanee Anderson Melissa Graham Ryan Gulker Scott Newland Steven Onken Jonathan Rold ON THE COVER— Caribbean Flamingo

by: Anne Nystrom, Senior Keeper

How We Spent Our

Summer Vacation The Jungle bird staff spent most of their summer this year covered in spit-up. And they loved every minute of it. The keepers were hand-rearing three Caribbean flamingo chicks. The process is long, dirty and very time intensive. The rewards make it all worth it though. Normally, flamingos raise their own chicks here at Sedgwick County Zoo. We believe that the natural parenting process is the best, both for the chicks and the adults. However, we had to change our plans this year. Every spring, the Caribbean flock is moved to an off-exhibit breeding area. It’s muddy, wet, and quiet; just the way they like it. Unfortunately, the breeding pen was discovered by some raccoons this year. Although we have made the pen as predator-proof as possible, the raccoons still managed to spook the flock with their presence. The flamingos stopped incubating their eggs. So the bird staff made the decision to artificially incubate the eggs and hand-rear any chicks that hatched. During the month of July, three fuzzy Caribbean flamingo chicks hatched and were moved into individual brooders inside our hand-rearing room. The chicks were kept separated at first, due to the potential for aggression from the larger chicks towards the smaller ones. There

was approximately a two week gap between each hatching, so the chicks were of varying sizes. The chicks grew quickly though. Within weeks, they outgrew the brooders and were moved to a pen on the floor with a heat lamp to keep warm. Eventually, the chicks needed a lot more room to move around, so at almost 2 months of age they were moved into a stall in our off-exhibit breeding building, the Avian Propagation Facility (APF). At this point, the chicks’ fuzzy down had been mostly replaced with grey feathers so they were able to have outside access overnight for the first time. The chicks will not have their adult pink plumage until they reach two years of age. They will stay in the APF until they are introduced to the adult flock later in the fall. Starting about 24 hours after they hatch, chicks are introduced to formula for the first time. The chicks do not need to eat on the first day as they are still digesting the last of the yolk that they absorb from inside the egg. Bird staff prepares the formula in small batches and similarly to home-made baby food; it is frozen in ice cube trays to be defrosted as needed. The ingredients are a little different from human baby food though! The flamingo formula is a blended mixture of commercial flamingo pellets, hard-boiled egg yolks, shrimp, smelt (a small fish), infant rice cereal, vitamin supplements and water. As the chicks grow and their nutritional needs

change, the protein components are reduced and the pellets are increased. This is because they no longer need the extra protein for rapid growth and also to acclimate them to the pellets they will be fed as adults. To feed the chicks, the keepers used syringes to slowly drip the formula into the chicks’ beaks. This replicates the way the chicks would have been fed by the adult flamingos. Adult flamingos feed their chicks a substance called crop milk. It is a secretion from the lining of the adult bird’s crop that is regurgitated into the chick’s beak. The crop is a muscular organ in a bird’s digestive system that temporarily stores and grinds the food before it enters the stomach. The crop milk is high in fat and proteins. It also contains a lot of antibodies and good bacteria. The term milk only refers to the fact that it is a food created by the adult for the young. It is not the same as mammalian milk.

At first, the flamingo chicks were fed every two hours for a total of eight feedings a day. This included a feeding after normal zoo hours. Bird keepers would travel back to the zoo in the late evening to feed the chicks one more time before sundown. As the chicks grew, the length of time between feedings was gradually increased


FEATURE and the number of feedings was reduced. The night feedings lasted until the chicks were 22 days old. As of Zoobilee, the chicks were still being fed formula twice a day. As the chicks grew, they became more and more interested in eating the adult diet of pellets. Flamingo chicks have a natural instinct to dabble for food in the water, so the pellets were introduced to them in water tubs. The pellets we feed here at Sedgwick County are specially designed to float which makes it easier for the chicks to eat them.

Exercise is important for any young animal. To insure that the flamingo chicks got enough exercise to promote muscle growth and leg strength, we took the chicks on walks. At first, we simply encouraged the chicks to walk around the hand-rearing room. Later, we ventured outside into the behind the scenes areas. Eventually, we were walking the chicks up and down the back roads. Flamingo chicks naturally form a crèche, which is a large group of chicks, for protection. Because of this, the chicks stay together on the walks and follow their surrogate “parents” with a little bit of encouragement. The chicks were also given tubs of water to wade and forage in. As they grew, the tubs were replaced with a plastic pool. Of course, the exercise sessions helped to fulfill another important part of any young animal’s life: play. The chicks enjoy running with each other, manipulating objects with their beaks, and playing in a mister or the pool. Although the Caribbean flamingo breeding season did not go as we had originally planned, the bird department is very excited about the outcome. We are pleased to add these three birds to our flock for all of our guests to see and enjoy. Flamingos are a very long-lived bird; some birds in our flock hatched in the 1960s. By continuing to breed these vibrant birds, we are insuring they will be here for generations to come.

Flamingo Videos Watch us at our YouTube channel: SedgwickCoZoo

Flamingo Chick Feeding

Walk Like a Flamingo


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. But the Zoo’s rise to such prominence was no accident. Each progressive step we’ve taken was made possible through the generosity of people like you, people who recognize our unique role in not only protecting and preserving our natural treasures, but also in nurturing and sustaining this community treasure. Their charitable gifts have enabled us to realize our potential, to become what we are today. It is in this spirit of consideration, of commitment to nature and to posterity, that the Sedgwick County Zoo has established a program for planned giving. For people who care deeply about animals, about our community, about the future, here is an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy which honors both themselves and the things they care about. 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. • Trusts: 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: 4


Education Program Schedule All classes are held in the Cargill Learning Center unless otherwise noted. Please visit for program information and brief class descriptions of individual classes. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for classes. Please call 316-266-8213 to register. Classes take place rain or shine. For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, no older or younger siblings, including infants, are allowed in age specific classes unless otherwise noted.


Wee Wigglers



Tues 11/5 Bird

Age: 12–23 mo. Tues 11/5 Bird Members: $4 Wed 11/6 Bird Nonmembers: $6 $ Additional person: 2 Wed 11/6 Bird+ Tues 12/3 Worm +Siblings up to five years of age Tues 12/3 Worm may also attend Wed 12/4 Worm these classes on Wed 12/4 Worm+ Wednesdays at 11:00 only. An Wed 1/8 Salamander additional fee of $2 Wed 1/8 Salamander+ will be charged for any mobile child. Thur 1/9 Salamander


Start–End Time


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.

Thur 1/9 Salamander

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wed 2/5 Frog

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wed 2/5 Frog+

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Thur 2/6 Frog

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Thur 2/6 Frog

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tues 3/4 Snake

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tues 3/4 Snake

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wed 3/5 Snake

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wed 3/5 Snake+

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tues 11/19 Bird

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Age: 2–3 Tues 11/19 Bird Members: $6 Tues 11/19 Bird Nonmembers: $8 $ Additional person: 3 Wed 11/20 Bird Wed 11/20 Bird+ +Siblings up to five years of age Tues 12/17 Worm may also attend Tues 12/17 Worm these classes on Tues 12/17 Worm Wednesdays at 11:00 only. An Wed 12/18 Worm additional fee of $3 will be charged for Wed 12/18 Worm+ any mobile child. Wed 1/22 Salamander


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.

Pajama Party Family of up to 5 members, children ages 0–1st grade

Members: $17 Nonmembers: $19 Additional person: $5

Wed 1/22 Salamander+ 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Thur 1/23 Salamander 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Thur1/23 Salamander

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Thur 1/23 Salamander

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Wed 2/19 Frog

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Wed 2/19 Frog+

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Thur 2/20 Frog

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Thur 2/20 Frog

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Thur 2/20 Frog

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Tues 3/18 Snake

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Tues 3/18 Snake

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

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

Wed 12/11 Amazing Apes 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wed 12/11 Amazing Apes 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thur 12/12 Amazing Apes 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thur 12/12 Amazing Apes 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tues 1/14 Kansas Critters 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tues 1/14 Kansas Critters 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wed 1/15 Kansas Critters 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wed 1/15 Kansas Critters 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tues 2/11 Awesome Amphibians

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tues 2/11 Awesome Amphibians

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wed 2/12 Awesome Amphibians

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wed 2/12 Awesome Amphibians

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thur 3/13 Lively Lizards 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thur 3/13 Lively Lizards 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Wed 3/19 Snake+

Wed 3/12 Lively Lizards 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wed 3/12 Lively Lizards 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

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

Tues 3/18 Snake

Wed 11/13 age 4 – kindergarten Wed 11/13 Members: $8 Non-members: $10 Thur 11/14 Additional person: $4 Thur 11/14 + Younger siblings may also attend class on Wednesdays at 10:00 only. An additional fee of $4 will be charged for any mobile child.


Wed 3/19 Snake

Ewe & Me

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Sat 11/2 Bath Time

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fri 11/8 Bath Time

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sat 12/7 Holiday Animal 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wrappers Fri 12/13 Holiday Animal 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wrappers Sat 1/4 Terrific Teeth 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 1/10 Terrific Teeth 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 2/1 Nifty Noses

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fri 2/7 Nifty Noses

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sat 3/1 Fantastic Feet 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 3/7 Fantastic Feet 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunset Safari

Tues 11/12 Age: 12 mo.–6 years Tues 12/10 Members: $6 Tues 1/14 Nonmembers: $8 $ Additional person: 3 Tues 2/11


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.

Tues 3/11 Snake

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Tot Tuesdays Age: 3–5 siblings welcome




Start–End Time

Tues 11/26 Animal Sounds 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Tues 12/26 NO CLASS Tues 1/28 Brr It's Cold Outside

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Tues 2/25 Wake Up Time 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. No advanced registration required. Tues 3/25 Growing up 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Wild

ZOOper Kids Grades: 1–5 Members: $8 Nonmembers: $10

Sat 11/16 Bearly Getting By

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sat 12/14 Animal Gift Givers

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sat 1/11 Happy Birthday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kansas Sat 2/8 Sat 3/8

"ZOO"per Stars Grades: 1–5 Members: $6 Nonmembers: $8

Homeschool Expeditions Grades: 1–5

Members: $15 Nonmembers: $17 Includes up to five family members Additional person: $5

So You Think You Want to Be a Zookeeper?

Love is in the Air

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Micro Life

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sun 11/24 Elk

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sun 12/29 Hippo

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sun 1/26 Box Turtle

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sun 2/23 Vampire Bat

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sun 3/30 Hedgehog

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wed 11/6 Turkey Talk

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Wed 12/4 Cold Weather 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Survival Wed 1/15 Kansas Connection

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.




Start–End Time


Wed 11/27Thanksgiving 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Safari grades 1–5 For two-hour class: Tues 2/18 Wild and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $10/$12 Wooly(or scaly, or slimy) For eight-hour class: $35/$40 Mon 3/17 Spring Fling 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For five-day class: –Fri 3/21 $145/$160 Before & After Care for WOW classes: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $5 for Feb 18 class 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $15 for entire week, March 17–21

Backstage Pass Sat 11/9


Sat 1/11

Vet Hospital

Sat 3/8


Includes up to five family members, ages 5+ Members: $17 Nonmembers: $19 Additional people/ Individual fee: $8

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

Wheeling Wild Club

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Begins Sponsored by March 19 Bicycle X-change rd Family—must be on 3 Wed each bicycle or attached month wagon. Members: $30 1 ride per month **Rides will not be rescheduled for Nonmembers: $34 inclement weather 1 ride per month

Wed 2/5 Jungle Journey 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wed 3/5 Green and Growing Thur 12/19 Farms Thur 2/20 Prairie

Teens Members: $10 Nonmembers: $12

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Senior Wednesdays

Wed 11/13 What's New at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the Zoo

CLASS Active guests over 55 Wed 12/4 NO Holiday Party $4 per adult at the Wichita Pre-registration not required Sponsored by Larksfield Place

* closed-toed shoes required

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Art Museum

Wed 1/8 Ice, Ice Baby 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wed 2/12 Love is in 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the Air Wed 3/12 Straight from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the Horse's Mouth

Registration Information:

1. Preregister by calling the Learning Center at 266-8213. 2. Pay over the phone by credit card OR fill out the form completely and mail with payment to 5555 Zoo Blvd., Wichita, KS 67212-1698. Registration is not complete until payment is received. 3. Payment must be postmarked no later than seven days after preregistration. We reserve the right to cancel any preregistration or to charge a $2 late fee to individuals whose payment is not received on time. NOTE: If a refund is needed, contact the education department by 4 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled class. After contact, we will be happy to refund a maximum of 75% of the original program fee. If we need to cancel class, we will notify registrants 48 hours in advance. For the safety and comfort of other participants, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a fever or who is noticeably sick.

Education Registration Form Please enclose form with payment and mail after you have preregistered. Student Name Class Title Date Time Fee

Membership No:

Total Fees:

Parent's Name:








Education Program Schedule Class

Coffee Connections



Mon 11/4 Daniel Wright Operations Coordinator

Start–End Time 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Geared towards adults Newland 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. but all ages welcome Mon 12/2 Scott Curator of Birds NO COST Mon 1/6 Erin Melroy 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Zookeeper North No advance America registration required. Mon 2/3 Steve Fairchild 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by Starbucks

Sedgwick County Zoo would like to thank the sponsors of Safari Edventure Day 2013 Their contributions allowed Sedgwick County Zoo to provide an exciting and education filled day for nearly 700 area students! Thanks to:

Director of Guest Services

Mon 3/3 Danielle Decker 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Senior Keeper The Downing Gorilla Forest




Start–End Time

Animal Encounter

Mon 11/4 Cold Weather 11:00 a.m. – Creatures Tues 11/12 Mystery 11:00 a.m. – All ages Animal NO COST Wed 11/20 Birds 11:00 a.m. – No advanced Thur 11/28 No program 11:00 a.m. – registration required. due to the holiday Classes may be Mon 12/2 Mystery 11:00 a.m. – canceled without Animal notice Tues 12/10 Mammals 11:00 a.m. – Wed 12/18 Animal Gifts Thur 12/26 No program due to the holiday Mon 1/6 Why Hibernate? Tues 1/14 Mystery Animal Wed 1/22 Kansas Native

11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Thurs 1/30 Invertebrates 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Mon 2/3 Amphibians 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Tues 2/11 Animal 11:00 a.m. Relationships Wed 2/19 Mystery 11:00 a.m. Animal Thur 2/27 African 11:00 a.m. Natives Mon 3/3 Animal 11:00 a.m. Movement Tues 3/11 Domestic 11:00 a.m. Animals Wed 3/19 Australian 11:00 a.m. Natives Thur 3/27 Mystery 11:00 a.m. Animal

– 11:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

THDAYS R I B are a wild time at the Zoo

You’re invited to celebrate with some real party animals! Let Sedgwick County Zoo staff help you choose a fun birthday party package for your child. We’ll provide all the party supplies. All you have to do is have fun! • Call 266-8252 to plan a Jungle Birthday Party in the Plaza Beastro (all ages) • Call 26 6 - 8213 to plan a Birthday Party in the Cargill Learning Center (ages 4–12)

– 11:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Visit for more information on all birthday party packages!

Annual Report 2012 Operating Support: Sedgwick County Donations & Grants Other Contributions

Other Income 10.9%

$5,117,770 $1,305,696 $134,004

Operating Revenue:

Admissions $1,903,359 Concessions $813,720 Memberships $1,414,773 Other Income: Zoobilee $957,471 Promotional Events $219,255 Education Programs $144,120 Investment Income $1,129

Total Support & Revenue $12,150,020

Sedgwick County 42.1%

Memberships 11.6%

Concessions 6.7%

Admissions 15.7%

Other Contributions 1.1%

Donations & Grants 10.7%

Operating Expenses:

Salaries & Benefits $6,359,583 Repairs & Maintenance $375,107 Utilities $474,593 Other: Promotions & Advertising $379,448 Animal Food $535,931 Other Supplies $468,559 Professional Services $12,800 Animal Purchases $24,121 Insurance $90,486 Contractual $345,227 Miscellaneous $592,612 Infrastructure & Equipment $873,217

Total Expenses & Infrastructure $10,531,684

Infrastructure & Equipment 8.3%

Salaries & Benefits 60.4%

Other 23.3%

Utilities 4.5%

Total Support & Revenue Over (Under Expenses)* $1,618,336

Repairs & Maintenance 3.6%

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



Winter Wednesdays Every Wednesday

November 2013 through February 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hippo Elephant

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 a discounted admission price every Wednesday, November through February.

Tiger Penguin

Admission is just $2.50 per person!

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Membership includes:

Season’s Treatings Saturday, December 7: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit Sedgwick County 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! A schedule of some of the enrichment activities that will be taking place will be posted at as we get closer to the event!



Two Zoo Keys!

unlimited visits for one year

guest passes

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

Make your shopping easy! Call 266.8211 • Click Come by the Membership Office 5555 Zoo Blvd Wichita KS 67212

This Season,

It's A Girl!

Congratulations to Janeiro and Wilbur, proud Grevy's zebra parents! This foal, named Mandie, was born on September 19! "Aunt" Capulet, Janeiro and the baby can now be seen on exhibit daily. Like many species facing uncertain future, the Grevy's zebra, and endangered species, is being cooperatively managed and bred in international zoo programs to ensure the genetic viability and accessibility for generations to come. The foal's birth is part of those efforts.

Zebra foal born September 19, 2013

Meet Natasha and Tsar!

Four months ago we welcomed this stripped duo into the world! We hope that you have enjoyed watching them grow via Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube videos and now, finally in person as they explore the exhibit! The cubs do take cat naps quite often, so the best times to see them are first thing in the morning and then at the 3:30 p.m. tiger chat. But don’t worry, we’ll keep posting, tweeting and filming these cuties for you!

Tiger Photos by Christopher Clark Photography 10

ANIMALS & NATURE 2. DECIDE IF THE MOVE IS RIGHT FOR YOU. Michelle—Having had previous experience with primates, carnivores and hoofstock, this was the perfect opportunity as The Downing Gorilla Forest keepers care for gorillas, colobus monkeys (primates), leopards (carnivores) and okapi (hoofstock). I knew of Sedgwick County Zoo’s great reputation as a leader in animal care. Plus, the exciting plans for the future were exactly what I wanted to be a part of.

Michelle & Kivu’s

Kivu—The professionals that monitor the gorilla SSP decided that Kivu would be a great match for Matt. It would be his first time as the silverback in a family group. Kivu, having had family group experience, was the best choice to help him out in his new role. Plus, with the possible addition of more females, Kivu may have the opportunity to watch another female raise a baby. Since she has never successfully raised her own, seeing how it is done first hand could be a big help to her.


for Making your Move 1. HAVE A GOAL. Michelle—After spending nearly 10 years as a firefighter/ paramedic in my hometown of Tampa, FL, I was ready for a career change. I made the switch to zookeeping and never looked back. I worked with many different species but knew that my heart was with great apes. I had experience with chimpanzees and orangutans but really wanted to work with gorillas. Kivu—Kivu was cared for by humans when her mother was unable to. She was born in Chicago and lived in a few other places, most recently in Philadelphia. However, she needed to find the right situation for having a family of her own. The Species Survival Plan (SSP) is responsible for making breeding recommendations for many endangered species, including gorillas. They were charged with finding the best genetic match for Kivu.

3. FIND A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE. Michelle—I knew if I was offered the job, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to travel to Wichita again to look for a place to live. So while I was here for my interview I checked out a few apartments. Of all the ones I saw, I only really liked one. After I was offered the job, I called the complex and they had one available apartment. It was perfect timing! Driving around also gave me a chance to see a little bit of Wichita and I knew I really liked it here. Kivu—When the SSP decides that two animals should breed, it can vary who moves between the male and the female. When it was determined that Matt and Kivu would be a good match, they decided that it would be best for her to move to Wichita. We had just moved three boys to another zoo and had the room. Plus, our success with bachelor groups proved we were ready for a family group.

would’ve been a very long journey for her. So it was agreed that air travel was the best option. FedEx was contracted to get Kivu to her new home. She would be driven the short distance from the Philadelphia Zoo to the Philadelphia International Airport where she would be loaded on one of their planes and be flown 3 hours to Kansas.

4. PACK YOUR THINGS. Michelle—Contrary to most people, I actually like the moving process. It gives me a chance to go through my stuff and get rid of things I don’t really need. I was often heard saying, “How does one person accumulate so much stuff?” I am a firm believer in “Clear the clutter. Clear the mind.” Kivu—Luckily for her, gorillas travel lightly. She just needed some snacks for the road and her medicine and she was ready to go.

6. SAY YOUR “SEE YOU LATER”S. Michelle—I have a lot of friends and family in Florida. So my “See you later”s started about a month before I actually moved. I tried to spend time with as many people as I could, reserving the most time for my family. But thanks to modern technology, I can “see” any of them anytime. Kivu—Kivu was housed in a family group in Philadelphia. Similar to how I did, Kivu got to spend time with her friends before she left. She was separated in the days immediately prior to her departure to insure she stayed free from any illness or injury for the journey.

7. MAKE THE JOURNEY. 5. HIRE A MOVING COMPANY. Michelle—Since I was coming from Florida and moving myself, I didn’t relish the thought of driving a moving truck 1500 miles. So I contracted a company that dropped off a trailer. I loaded it. They came and picked it up and all I had to drive was my car and the stuff that fit in it. When I arrived in Wichita, my trailer was delivered and all my stuff was there and ready to move in to my new home. Kivu—There were a few options for getting Kivu to Wichita. She could have traveled by truck. But at a 1300+ mile trip, it

Michelle—I took my time and traveled for three days on my way to Wichita. I made a mini-vacation out of it, catching a few awesome sites along the way. I also documented my journey for my friends and family back home. Kivu— One of the keepers from our Zoo had been out there for a few days getting to know her. One of her keepers in Philadelphia also accompanied her on the journey. She flew in relative comfort where her keepers had access to check on her in her crate. She landed at Mid-Continent Airport just after 5:00 p.m. and was brought directly to the gorilla building. The entire flight crew stood to watch her unloading. They had been very happy to help her make her move. 12

ANIMALS & NATURE 9. MAKE FRIENDS. Michelle—Like the primates in my care, I am very social, so making friends comes very easily for me. My co-workers and I are becoming fast friends and I am going to join a local running club as that is a hobby of mine. My new friends have introduced me to some great local hot spots and taken me to the Kansas State Fair. I’m really looking forward to spending more time with them and learning more about the Zoo and the area, including meeting our members and guests. Please feel free to come up and say hello. I can’t wait to share my love of gorillas with everyone. Kivu—Kivu was introduced to and now lives full-time with Matt, but she still has sight of the other gorillas. As everyone is rotated through the different exhibits, they come into visual contact. They have no way to actually touch one another but they can see, smell and hear the others. Kivu’s introduction to the house affected not only Matt, but the other boys as well. We noticed some shifting problems come up as well as a few other behavioral changes. Luckily, everyone is used to each other and all is back to normal. Kivu is just another “girl on the block” now.

8. GET YOUR STUFF SETTLED & GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR NEW PLACE (OF WORK). Michelle– I arrived in Wichita four days before I started working. That gave me time to get settled in my new apartment and learn a little about my new neighborhood. Once I started at the Zoo, I was introduced to many new people and started learning the routine right away. I met my co-workers (both human and animal) and we started bonding immediately. In working with primates (especially great apes), developing a relationship is one of the most important things. They have to get to know me and trust that I will take good care of them. Kivu—Kivu had to go through a standard quarantine period when she arrived. Her keeper from Philadelphia helped her adjust to the new routine. She learned new sights, sounds and smells. She quickly learned about the moving doors and shifting from room to room. Once Kivu cleared quarantine, we started moving her around the building to get her accustomed to all parts of it. She didn’t go onto the public exhibits until she was introduced to Matt, but she became familiar with all the bedrooms and the off-exhibit day room.

10. RELAX AND ENJOY! Michelle—I was very nervous about my move. I had never lived so far from my family and never out of Florida, but the opportunity to work at Sedgwick County Zoo was not something I was going to pass up. Loving my new job, working at such a great zoo and having such great new friends have made the transition so much easier for me. I know that I am very proud to have joined the ranks of some of the best in the business and am excited for the awesome future the Zoo has in store. Kivu—Kivu has also made a great transition. She has helped Matt excel in his new role as a silverback in a family group. She also has a great history as an “auntie” so we are confident that when our new female arrives, Kivu will help her make the transition as well. We hope all of our members and guests will visit The Downing Gorilla Forest and watch our gorilla family grow.


Thanks for helping make our winter more green! Your plants will be used in a variety of places throughout the Zoo including the Jungle, Amphibians & Reptiles Building, 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. Thank you to all who donated plants to the 2013 Plant Donation Drive!

Save the dates: 2014 Plant Donation Drive Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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ZooTracks Winter 2013  

Member magazine for Sedgwick County Zoo

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