“over 200 acres, 1000+ animals”
Located in the historic and beautiful SwopePark, the Kansas City Zoo's 202 acres are nestled inside valleys and rolling hills and is home to more than 1,000 animals. In 1896, Thomas Swope donated 1,334 acres to the city of Kansas City, Missouri for use as a public park. With property acquisitions made over the years, the park has over 1,805 acres and is one of the largest city parks in the United States. It includes picnic areas, an outdoor theatre - Starlight Theatre, two golf courses, swimming and fishing. The Zoo is divided into several sections: Australia; Tiger Trail (Asia); Tropics, an indoor rainforest; KidZone, which includes the Discovery Barn, Peek-A-Boo Tree and an Endangered Species Carousel; and a 100 acre-African Plains. The new Tropics, an indoor rainforest, opened in 2009 in the orignal Zoo building and polar bears returned in 2010.
Not the most visitor friendly zoo I have been to. There is A LOT of walking!! A lot of the paths don't have animal exhibits along them either so I felt like the walking distances weren't justified when you didn't have anything to look at. There were several neat exhibits including the kangaroos since they were not caged in. The polar bear and penguin exhibits were really neat to watch as well. There were also several exhibits you could not see the animals so that was disappointing.
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Kansas City Zoo
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