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Say AHHH! Update from the Field Have You Heard?




A Sedgwick County Zoological Society magazine for members Publisher Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc. © 2014 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 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— Dr. Winter giving Kinali a dental exam


by: Dr. Sandy Wilson, Associate Veterinarian

If you have ever had a toothache, you know how painful this condition can be. Imagine if you could not tell anyone what was wrong? Dental disease is the most common medical condition observed in animals, wild and domestic alike. Wild animals are especially good at hiding their illness, making it difficult for veterinarians to diagnose this malady. A thorough dental examination is not much different than a person going to the dentist, which includes probing, charting, and taking dental radiographs of each tooth. This comprehensive exam has now become a very important part of the preventive health care program for animals at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Dr. Bill Bryant, Senior Veterinarian, sums it up this way. “Dental disease can come about due to genetics, nutrition, trauma, health issues or advanced age. It is important to monitor all of the vastly different types of species' tooth structures through all stages of life.” In addition to performing routine “well animal” exams, zoo veterinarians must be vigilant in watching for different types of oral disease, including broken teeth, jaw fractures, abscesses and even cancer. Our zookeepers are the first line of defense

against these problems. Some animals, including many of the apes, have been trained to open their mouths on cue, allowing inspection of the teeth. The careful daily observations of the animals in their care can reveal subtle changes that may be a sign of oral disease. Perhaps it’s a zookeeper in the Children’s Farm noticing the draft horse dropping hay from her mouth when eating, or one of the Australia/ South America zookeepers observing the caracal chewing his food using only one side of his mouth. The zoo veterinarians rely on the keen observation skills of the keeper staff to identify these problems early on, so an examination and treatment can be arranged. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to chronic pain and inflammation. In some cases, infection can spread through the blood stream, causing damage to the heart, kidneys and other organs. Without regular dental care, tooth loss and abnormal wear can result in difficulty chewing food, subsequent weight loss, and a generally compromised state of health.

The Zoo has the good fortune of having a veterinary oral surgeon/dentist right here in Wichita. Dr. Douglas Winter graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and developed a strong interest in treating oral diseases while practicing small animal medicine. He did his oral surgery/dental residency training in Saint Louis before establishing his referral practice in Wichita. Dr. Winter approached the Zoo in 2006, with a proposal to perform in-depth oral exams, intraoral radiographs, and treatment opportunistically during routine physical exams. While no veterinary dentistry residencies provide training specifically geared toward zoo animals, Dr. Winter has been able to apply most of the techniques and principles used in domestic animals. The challenge of working on everything from hedgehogs to elephants fascinates him, and he has become a passionate advocate for good oral care for all animals. “Animals, domestic or wild, hide their oral pain yet suffer silently from fractured teeth, periodontal disease, and tumors. If left untreated, this can lead to life-threatening conditions. Many of these species are endangered. If they are unable to eat and obtain nourishment, they won’t survive to reproduce.” —Dr. Douglas Winter Performing an oral procedure on an animal such as a grizzly bear takes a great deal of planning and preparation. The zookeepers start working with the animal weeks or months in advance, training the animal to enter a chute, or to present a shoulder in order to receive an injection of anesthetic drugs. This greatly reduces the stress level of the animal and facilitates a smooth induction phase to general anesthesia. For the veterinary staff, a careful review of the animal’s past medical history is the first step. Notes from previous anesthesia records, current health concerns, age, weight, and a host of other factors are taken into consideration when developing an anesthesia plan. Drug doses are carefully

calculated, and a method of delivery is chosen. In some cases, the animals receive an oral sedative prior to receiving an injection of the anesthetic drug by hand syringe, pole syringe, or remote delivery (dart). Once fully anesthetized, the physical examination and dental procedures can begin. The work may be done without moving the patient from the exhibit or night quarters. This is the case with our larger animals, like “Devon” the male grizzly bear. While not impossible, it can be difficult to safely move a sleeping bear that tips the scales at just over 1000 lbs! Most of our animals are transported a short distance to the Zoo’s Oliver Animal Hospital, where we have access to an extensive array of diagnostic tools, including a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, endoscopy, and digital radiography, as well as our surgical suite and high-tech monitoring equipment. The dental examination begins with a thorough inspection of the oral cavity, including the teeth and gums. A series of x-rays are taken, in much the same way as human patients on a routine check-up at the dentist’s office. The exam may reveal painful fractures, tooth root abscesses or any number of other types of pathology. In some cases, surgery is required for tooth extraction. In other cases, the diseased or damaged tooth can be preserved by performing a root canal or placing a “cap” on the tooth. Specialized equipment is needed when treating dental problems in zoo animals, since tools designed for domestic animals are often inadequate for the job. Most dental procedures include standard cleaning and polishing, to remove tartar and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all aspects of the examination are complete and all treatments applied, we prepare to 2

FEATURE wake the animal up. In some cases, the animal recovers from anesthesia in a padded kennel or stall in the Hospital. Larger animals are usually transported back to familiar surroundings in the exhibit or night quarters. Careful observation is needed to ensure the animal recovers from anesthesia smoothly. Another challenging dental case is that of our beloved elephant “Stephanie”. Elephants have six sets of molars throughout their lifetime. As each molar becomes worn, it is replaced by a newly-erupted tooth. When the last set becomes worn, chewing becomes difficult. At 43 years of age, Stephanie’s molars are deteriorating, and she now requires a bit of special care. Food material collects in the remnants of her molars, so the keepers clean her teeth every day. Her daily ration of hay is shredded to make it easier to chew and digest her food. The zookeepers enjoy “spoiling” her, and she seems to enjoy the extra attention. Since establishing a partnership with the Zoo, Dr. Winter has performed over 200 oral procedures, including many tooth extractions, root canals, periodontal surgery, fracture repair and tumor removal. His “referral practice” is totally mobile, allowing him to work in any situation or surrounding, making it easier for the animal and the zoo veterinarian. Because the condition is rarely diagnosed until the oral examination is done under anesthesia, Dr. Winter has to be ready to treat most anything. His reputation as a skilled veterinary oral surgeon/dentist has grown, and he is willing to employ a great deal of creativity and patience with these sometimes “difficult” patients, in order to improve the health care of zoo animals. He now travels throughout Kansas, providing his special services to other zoos including Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Topeka Zoo, Sunset Zoological Park in Manhattan, and the Great Bend Zoo. He also consults regularly with zoo veterinarians in other states to help them in diagnosing and treating animals with oral disease. Dr. Heather Arens, Veterinary Intern at the Sedgwick County Zoo, has a unique learning opportunity. “I am amazed to learn how important dental care is for all zoo animals. Each animal, no matter how small, is given the rare opportunity for proper oral assessment and treatment. Since starting my internship at Sedgwick County Zoo, Dr. Winter has saved the lives of many zoo animals with his innovative dental treatments. I am so lucky to be a part of such a great movement forward in the healthcare of our animals.” Zoo animal medicine is a specialty that benefits from advances made in nearly all fields of human and veterinary medicine. By offering comprehensive veterinary care utilizing a variety of specialists and consultants, our animals are living longer, healthier lives.

A ton of thanks to Delta Dental! Through a generous donation from Delta Dental, the shredding of Stephanie’s hay just got easier. The Zoo was able to purchase a heavy duty shredder to process the 18 to 24 bales of hay a week that Stephanie’s diet requires. Zookeepers appreciate the extra help in providing the quality care and extra pampering that Stephanie deserves!

Thanks to Delta Dental for their continued support of the Sedgwick County Zoo!


Creature Campout

April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 28 Join us for an overnight outdoor adventure. Each year’s theme is different for these exciting camping adventures. This year we will be Camping with a Zoo in the Sky theme. We will be talking about constellations inspired by animals. We would like to thank our friends at Papa Johns for helping to sponsor these great overnights! All campouts take place on select Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The adventure includes dinner, a guided tour, activities, an animal encounter, a flashlight tour and a bedtime snack. In the morning, the excitement continues with continental breakfast and a 9:30 tram ride. All campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. The campouts are designed for families with children ages 5 and older. Any youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $30 per person for members and $35 per person for nonmembers. Space is limited at each of the campouts, so call soon to register. We must have your payment at registration to reserve your place. We can accept credit card payment at the time of your call, or you can come in person to register and pay by cash. No mail-in registrations will be accepted. For more information or to register, call the Education Department at 266-8213. We have added more dates this year, so decide which wild night is best for you! Creature Campout Shirts will be for sale for $10 per shirt for those that camp out with us.

Nocturnal Adventures

Are you looking for an exciting activity for your scout, church, or school group but do not want to mess with camping equipment? How about spending the night at the Zoo! Groups will meet education staff at 6:00 p.m. in the Cargill Learning Center and participate in an exciting evening of games, tours, and special animal visitors. Groups will sleep inside, so no tents are needed. You bring a sack dinner. An evening snack and morning juice are provided by the Zoo. These exciting overnights are only $25.00 per person. Participants sleep in the Cargill Learning Center, The Downing Gorilla Forest, the Slawson Family Tiger Trek or at the North American Prairie Overlook. There is a minimum of 15 participants. However, for reservations for fewer than 30 people, the education department reserves the right to combine groups similar in age and gender. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due one week after the date of booking. To schedule your Nocturnal Adventure, contact the Education Department at 266-8213 a minimum of two-weeks in advance.

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)

Visit for more information on all birthday party packages! 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

Age: 12–23 mo. Members: $4 Nonmembers: $6 Additional person: $2 +Siblings up to five years of age may also attend these classes on Wednesdays at 11:00 only. An additional fee of $2 will be charged for any mobile child.


Age: 2–3 Members: $6 Nonmembers: $8 Additional person: $3 +Siblings up to five years of age may also attend these classes on Wednesdays at 11:00 only. An additional fee of $3 will be charged for any mobile child.

Start–End Time



Tues 3/4 Snake

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Party

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

Wed 4/2 Fish

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Wed 4/2 Fish+

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Thur 4/3 Fish

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Thur 4/3 Fish

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tues 5/6 Rodent

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tues 5/6 Rodent

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wed 5/7 Rodent

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wed 5/7 Rodent+

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.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.

Age: 3–5 siblings welcome

Tues 3/18 Snake

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Wed 3/19 Snake

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Wed 3/19 Snake+

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Wed 4/16 Fish

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Wed 4/16 Fish+

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Thur 4/17 Fish

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Thur 4/17 Fish

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Thur 4/17 Fish

Sunset Safari

Fri 3/7 Fantastic Feet 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 4/11 Excellent Ears 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 5/3 Exciting Eyes 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fri 5/9 Exciting Eyes 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tues 3/11 Snake

Age: 12 mo.–6 years Tues 4/8 Fish Members: $6 Tues 5/13 Rodent Nonmembers: $8 Additional person: $3

Tot Tuesdays

No advanced registration required.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Tues 5/20 Rodent

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Tues 5/20 Rodent

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Wed 5/21 Rodent

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Wed 5/21 Rodent+

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Ewe & Me

Wed 3/12 Lively Lizards+ 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. age 4 – kindergarten Wed 3/12 Lively Lizards 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Members: $8 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Non-members: $10 Thur 3/13 Lively Lizards 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Additional person: $4 Thur 3/13 Lively Lizards Tues 4/8 Penguin Party 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. + Younger Tues 4/8 Penguin Party 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. siblings may also attend class on Wed 4/9 Penguin Party+ 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Wed 4/9 Penguin Party 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 10:00 only. An additional fee of $4 will be charged for any mobile child. Classes will start back up in August. Join us in our summer school programs

Homeschool Expeditions Grades: 1–5

Members: $15 Nonmembers: $17

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

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Tues 4/22 Eggs,Eggs, Eggs

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Tues 5/27 Spring Has Sprung

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Sat 3/8 Grades: 1–5 Sat 4/12 Members: $8 Sat 5/10 Nonmembers: $10

Grades: 1–5 Members: $6 Nonmembers: $8

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tues 3/25 Growing up Wild

ZOOper Kids

"ZOO"per Stars

Start–End Time

Sat 4/5 Excellent Ears 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Tues 5/20 Rodent


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The New 3 R's 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wonders 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Down Under Micro Life

Sun 3/30 Hedgehog

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sun 4/27 Flamingo

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sun 5/25 Zebra

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wed 3/5 Green and Growing

10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Wed 4/16 April Showers 10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Wed 5/7 May Flowers

10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Mon 3/17 Spring Fling

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Includes up to five family members Additional person: $5


grades 1–5 For five-day class: $145/$160

–Fri 3/21

Before & After Care for WOW classes: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $15 for entire week, March 17–21



So You Think You Want to Be a Zookeeper?

Thur 4/17 Snakes

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

Start–End Time 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Animal Encounter All ages

Teens Members: $10 Nonmembers: $12

Backstage Pass


* closed-toe shoes required

Sat 3/8


Sat 5/10 Education Ambassadors

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


Pre-registration not required

Start–End Time 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tues 3/11 Domestic Animals

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Australian Natives

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Mystery Animal11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Slippery Animals

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tues 4/8 Sticky Animals 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

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

Active guests over 55 $4 per adult


Mon 3/3 Animal Movement

Wed 3/19 No advanced registration required. classes may be Thur 3/27 canceled without Mon 4/7 notice

Wheeling Wild Club

Senior Wednesdays


Wed 4/16 Soft Animals

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Mon 5/5 South of the Border

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tues 5/13 Animals Without Borders

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Wed 5/21 North of the Border

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Thur 5/29 On the Border 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Wed 3/12 Straight from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the Horse's Mouth Wed 4/9 Veterinary Medicine

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wed 5/14 Tail Tales

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Larksfield Place

Coffee Connections

Geared towards adults but all ages welcome

Mon 3/3 Danielle Decker 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Sr Zookeeper DGF

Mon 4/7 Kinna Middleton10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Veldt Zookeeper

Mon 5/5 Mark C. Reed


No advanced registration required.

10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m.

Zoo Director

Sponsored by Spice Merchant

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:







Sedgwick County Zoo proudly supports the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund through our Quarters 4 Conservation initiative. This organization is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. They are committed to promoting continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to the world in which we live. In 2013 Sedgwick was able to send $2,500 to help in their conservation efforts. We recently received an update from the field to share with you, our partners in Quarters 4 Conservation.

Update from the Field: Mountain Gorillas in the Bamboo Zone In October and November, the mountain gorilla groups monitored by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda once again crossed out of park borders in search of seasonal bamboo shoots nearby. Bamboo shoots are a favorite food of the gorillas, and when the season brings new shoots, the gorilla groups have often followed the bamboo zone out of the mountains and into nearby areas. But this year saw a bit of decrease in the occurrences of this activity overall. When gorillas are outside the park, it can cause potential problems for all those involved, including Fossey Fund trackers and other staff, local people in the area, local crops

and even the gorillas themselves. In addition, when most of the gorilla groups heading for the bamboo zone, there is a much greater potential for interactions (and transfers) among the groups. This fall, all the groups regularly monitored by the Fossey Fund wandered out of the park, and three major sets of interactions were observed, resulting in the transfer of one young female. “The worst case is always Titus’ group, which our trackers usually have to herd back into the forest,” says Fossey Fund gorilla program manager Veronica Vecellio. Dominant silverback Rano has grown particularly comfortable ranging outside of the park boundary, sometimes travelling quite a distance from the boundary and staying there for a long time. For their own safety, trackers often make the decision to “herd” the gorillas back into the park using visual cues like sticks and by making noise. Since bamboo grows close to the border of the park, once the gorillas are lured down by the prospect of bamboo shoots, they often become tempted by another favorite food, eucalyptus. The eucalyptus is planted outside of the park by local communities for firewood and building material. When gorillas get into the eucalyptus areas, they can destroy the trees and they also risk close encounters with humans and domestic livestock, with whom they can exchange diseases. The Fossey Fund’s biodiversity team is currently collecting data for a study of bamboo phenology, which should help us understand more about the plant’s seasonal productivity and whether it is associated with how often the gorillas come out of the park. The study will assess and monitor the density and growth of bamboo throughout the park, and the correlation between bamboo and many natural conditions such as elevation, rainfall and temperature. In addition, the study aims to better understand the relationship between the bamboo seasons and gorilla ranging patterns. The project is intended to be long-term and data will be collected twice a year during the biannual bamboo seasons, which coincide with the high and low rainy seasons. The results should provide much-needed information about why the gorillas leave the park and help us deal with the issue as well as with the communities that are sometimes affected.

Pardon our Progress: Jungle Closed The next time you’re at the Zoo, you might notice that there’s a little something going on at the Jungle! The Jungle is getting a facelift, or to be more exact, a roof “lift”! The roof that shelters the building is one that went on the building in the early 90’s. Though it has weathered many storms and still looks pretty good, it’s time for an upgrade.

A NEW EXPERIENCE The new roof will allow for better light transmission, thus giving the Jungle better growing potential for plants and a more authentic jungle feel. The old roof is made of semi-opaque panels that were designed to block out UV rays. The theory was that blocking out a large portion of the UV rays would make it more comfortable for all the inhabitants and guests. Now we know UV light is important to animals, and more “visible” light is important for the health and growth of plants. Over the years, we have seen a reduction in breeding activity among the birds, which we believe is related to the reduction of UV light by the roof panels. We know that birds can see light on the UV spectrum, so they see things about each other that we cannot. For example, female and male tanagers appear to look the same to us. Because they are able to see UV sensitive areas in their plumage, they’re able to tell a lot more about each other. With these “new” visual cues, we’re hopeful the mating behaviors in several species will increase. Our Horticulture department is also expecting a tremendous change in the plant life of the Jungle. Light levels in the building are currently so low that even the low light plants are struggling to grow. With the new roof being nearly 100% transparent, Horticulture expects an explosion of growth and color! The department is hoping to add new species of flowering and fruit bearing plants that will thrive in the new lighting situation. While the building is closed, staff will also take the opportunity to amend the soil with compost, bring in new rocks, change the grade in some areas and fix a few areas of erosion.

NEW SPECIES While the Jungle is receiving a new roof; three new exhibits will be built. These new exhibits will highlight species from the Marianas Island and the birds we work with through the Mariana Avifauna Conservation Program (MAC): Guam rail, Micronesian kingfisher and forest birds of the Marianas. But don’t worry: the plan is to also add to the groups of birds that we already have! Look for some new faces and more of your favorites when the building reopens!

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME The animals that call the Jungle home will be moved to ASA bird barn behind the scenes for their safety. Keepers have been moving birds to their new homes since late January. This process has also allowed staff to do a census on the birds that are living in the Jungle. Keepers are also able to use this time to get an up close look at the health of the Jungle residents. The plan is to have all of the residents moved to their “summer homes” by the first of April. Check the website for Keeper updates on how the progress is going. Like the animals we will be moving, some of the smaller plants will be moved to the greenhouses for the summer. During this time, they will receive a little extra care to make them healthier and happier when they return to the Jungle! Some of the bigger plants, however, will stay in the building during the construction process. Efforts will be made to protect the root zones of these plants and areas will be blocked off to keep them from being disturbed. Though this construction project will likely keep the Jungle closed until fall, we are very excited about the possibilities that the new roof will bring to the exhibit and to your experience of the Jungle! Thank your patience while this work is in progress.



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Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Children's Farm Festival Shearing of the Sheep Saturday, March 15, 2014: 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.

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. Call 266-8367 or email to register for these special activities. Regular Zoo admission applies; members get in free with membership card and photo ID. 2014 event sponsors

Meritrust presents:

Party for the Planet! Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meritrust is throwing 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.

Admission is FREE the entire day. Event sponsored by

World Penguin Day Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There will be penguin activities, crafts and keeper chats with a keeper available to answer all your penguin questions. Regular Zoo admission applies. Members Free with membership card and photo ID.

CINCO DE MAYO Sunday, May 4, 2014 Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Come celebrate Mexican culture with food, music and fun! Exhibitors, authentic Mexican food vendors, and live bands performing on the stage are all part of the festivities during this exciting celebration. Regular admission applies. Members free with membership card and photo ID. Sponsored by:

Sunday, May 11, 2014 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.

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stop by the Pavilion from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a wonderful all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes pancake & sausage brunch for just $5 a plate. 2014 event sponsored by:

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

LOOKING AHEAD: Sunday, June 15, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ape Awareness Friday & Saturday June 20 & 21, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Children's Farms Festival:

COWabunga Day Saturday, July 12, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.



Have You Heard?

There have been several births at the end of 2013 that were unique and significant that you might not have heard about. Several have been mentioned on social media, but in case you haven’t been following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, here are a couple highlights for you to enjoy!

JAMAICAN IGUANAS The Sedgwick County Zoo hatched six critically endangered Jamaican iguanas in early September 2013. These hatchings were the first for Sedgwick County Zoo and only the fourth hatchings outside of Jamaica. The Sedgwick County Zoo has been active in the conservation of this species since it was rediscovered in 1990, helping with the head start program at the Hope Zoo in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1996, the Zoo received our first group of Jamaican iguanas as part of an effort to establish an ex situ population of these iguanas in the United States. Also, in 1999 the Zoo teamed with Nike to develop a vest that would hold radio transmitters to track repatriated reclusive iguanas once released.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is home to eight Jamaican iguanas, all of which live in behind-the-scenes areas. This species was feared to be extinct until a male iguana was captured in 1990 by a pig hunter's dog. That male was the first iguana to be seen alive since the 1940s. Wild populations in Jamaica are estimated near 200 iguanas.

AFRICAN PAINTED DOG PUPPIES On the evening of October 31, 2013, Mica, 4 year-old African painted dog, gave birth. At the time of the birth Mica showed normal maternal behaviors but did not appear to be producing milk. On the morning of November 1, the surviving puppies were removed for evaluation and supportive care while Mica was examined, under anesthesia, to verify that she was not producing milk. Once it was determined that Mica was not producing milk, the decision was made to remove the puppies from the nest box. Zoo Staff began round-the-clock care and initiated a call to animal shelters, humane society and dog rescues for a lactating domestic dog that was close to weaning her puppies that could be used as a surrogate. Surrogate domestic dogs have been used successfully by other AZA zoos to foster other wild canine species, including African painted dogs.

On November 3, a surrogate was found and Sparkles, a pit bull, began her role as a surrogate mother. After several weeks of nurturing from Sparkles, it was time for the puppies to meet their parents and for Sparkles to return to her loving home.

The newly re-formed pack is doing well and the puppies continue to thrive. The lively group are enjoying time exploring the great outdoors after spending time getting to know their parents and a new den. When the temperatures are warm enough, the puppies can be seen romping and running with mom and dad.

Watch a video of these adorable pups.

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In Honor of Pets When a family pet passes away, it can be devastating to a family. The Zoo has a Pet Sympathy program that can help you let the family know you care by donating to the Sedgwick County Zoo in honor of their family pet.

KAUP’S CAECILIANS On December 12, 2013 eight Kaup’s caecilians were born on exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo during operating hours. Over the next few weeks, two other females gave birth to five and six babies respectively. In total, 19 Kaup’s caecilians were born! The births are believed to be the first captive reproduction of this poorly known and virtually unstudied species. Video was also captured of the births, which may also be a first for this species.

For a minimum donation of $5, the Zoo will send an acknowledgement to the family in honor of their furry family member. Funds donated go directly to the care of your Sedgwick County Zoo animals. The Pet Sympathy program is a simple way of letting someone know you care, while supporting your Sedgwick County Zoo animals.

The pinkish youngsters were born with large, saclike gills which quickly detached from their bodies during the birthing process. Unlike the gills of other amphibians, the gills of Kaup’s caecilians are thought to serve a placenta-like function while in the mother’s body and are not used for respiration after birth. Caecilians are by far the least familiar group of amphibians for zoo visitors. Ranging throughout the tropics of the Americas, Africa, and Asia, most caecilians are blind and live entirely underground. However, a few Amazonian species are aquatic, such as the Kaup’s caecilian.

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Pete's Plant Tips As we begin to look forward to another growing season, you may want to inspect your tools. I do this periodically, depending on the frequency with which I use the tool.

PRUNERS I check this tool at least once a month. Take them apart, clean with a wire brush or rag and apply penetrating oil to all parts. Allow the lubricant to stay on the parts for a few minutes before wiping excess off with a clean rag. This will keep rust (evil rust!) from corroding the moving parts. I also check the blade for sharpness, and sharpen as needed.

SAWS Hand saws can be cleaned with penetrating oil just like pruners but most cannot be sharpened. If the saw blade has gotten dull, replace with a new blade. Replacement blades can be found at hardware stores and nurseries. If they do not carry your brand, look on the internet. There are some great online sources for garden tools.

the shovel you will want in tip-top condition this spring when digging into the soil. Some people will store their shovels in a five gallon bucket of sand with a small amount of oil mixed in. This works great too. At the end of the day, before you put up your shovels for the day, make sure to knock off any dirt on the blade or handle. They don’t have to be spotless, just get what you can see cleaned up. A good stiff wire brush works great for this. This goes for all sizes of shovels from hand trowels to your standard round point shovel and all the others in between.

HEDGE SHEARS I still use the old fashioned hedge shears. I have a powered hedge shear but I just feel like I have a better feel when using the old standby hedge shears. These can be sharpened and cleaned just like their smaller cousin, the pruners. Remember, when sharpening either pruners or hedge shears, they have just one side of the blade to sharpen. If you don’t feel comfortable with this task, most hardware stores have this service available.

GLOVES: TOOL OR APPAREL? Maybe they are a little of both. Gloves certainly qualify as a tool when you reach into the rose bush to clean out leaves. If they aren’t protecting your hands anymore from the thorns, get a new pair. Make sure they fit before you leave the store. Ill-fitting gloves will just be a nuisance when you are trying to get your spring chores completed.

SHOVELS AND HOES Shovels and hoes should be cleaned, sharpened and protected in the fall prior to hanging them up for the winter season. You did hang up your tools, didn’t you? If left to rest on a concrete floor of a garage, they will begin to rust and corrode at the point where the blade touches the floor. This is the part of

Work smart, listen to your body, and get out there and make your corner of the world beautiful!


We want to see the Zoo through your eyes!

Auction to Benefit the Sedgwick County Zoo Saturday, March 15 4133 S. 231st St West, Goddard, KS

Use #SCZFanFriday to tag your Zoo photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram! We’ll post a #SCZFanFriday photo on Friday to share with over 15,000 of our social media followers! The photos don’t have to be just animals, we’re looking for anything that you love about the Sedgwick County Zoo! Join the fun and show us how you see the Zoo

10:00 a.m.: Personal Property Auction to begin The personal property includes: • household items • an extensive Lionel Train collection • guns • tools • and more!

Noon: Real Estate Auction to begin The real estate consists of a: • 3-Bedroom • 2-Bathroom home • 9.27 +/- Acres • finished basement • attached 2-car garage. The real estate will be offered at Absolute Auction with No Minimum/No Reserve.

Jennifer Diggs

All proceeds from this auction will be going to benefit The Sedgwick County Zoo. For more information contact McCurdy Auction LLC at 316-683-0612.

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

PLANNING YOUR VISIT: Visit to purchase tickets or

Let Your Imagination Run Wild


Whether you are planning a group event for 20 or a spectacular party for 2,000—we have the capabilities and resources to offer a truly unique social experience. From the drama of The Downing Gorilla Forest to the serenity of the Cessna Penguin Cove, we have a variety of venues that are sure to create an atmosphere your guests will never forget. We're here to help you customize your experience and give your guests an event they will always remember.

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Plan a trip to the Zoo with family and friends! Speed up your rate of entry by purchasing any additional tickets online at 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!

Summer Hours: Winter Hours: March–October November–February 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Regular Admission

Adults (ages 12+) $13.95 Senior Citizens (62+) $11.95 Children (ages 3–11) $8.95 Children ages 2 and under Free

FREE Tram Tour

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! (Weather permitting.)

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:

Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – Noon Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (staff & weather permitting) Just $2 per person/per feeding

We'll Take Care of the Details!

For more information visit the Group Events page at

Dates are filling up fast for spring and summer dates! Call Today—316.266.8252


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Zootracks Spring 2014  

ZooTracks is a member magazine for Sedgwick County Zoo.

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