Sedgwick County Zoo, near I-235 exit 10, at 5555 Zoo Blvd., contains 247 acres with more than 2,500 animals representing 400 species. Exhibit areas include the Children’s Farms; the Amphibian & Reptile Building; the Tropics, presenting tropical sights, sounds and animals; re-created habitats of Africa with giraffes and lions; and one of the largest outdoor, walk-through aviaries representing the wild regions of Australia and South America.
A close-up look at primates is offered at the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat. A bridge takes visitors out of the village atmosphere of Nganda Island and into the Downing Gorilla Forest of Africa. An elevated boardwalk traverses the 12-acre exhibit of North America, which features native plants, bears, bison, eagles, otters and wolves. The Cessna Penguin Cove, featuring Humboldt penguins and Inca terns, reflects the coasts of Chile and Peru. The Slawson Family Tiger Trek houses Burmese brow-antlered deer, red pandas and Amur tigers. The Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley is designed to give the elephants choices to ensure their well-being, all while immersing guests into the habitat with nearly 360-degree views of the area.