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Home to over 1,300 animals, the Kansas City Zoo located in Swope Park, Kansas City, Missouri, is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Interesting Facts About Kansas City Zoo

• Acknowledged as one of best zoos in the United States in 2008, the Kansas City Zoo earned first place for having the most extensive collection of animals native to Africa. The zoo which was also rated among the top 10 zoos for its Australian animal exhibits as well as for it’s first-rate chimpanzee exhibit was recognized in 2008 by America’s Best Zoos as the number one zoo in the United States for it’s chimpanzee and kangaroo exhibits.

• The Kansas City Zoo was first opened to the public on December 13, 1909.

• Today the Kansas City Zoo is divided into five sections with the following themes: Africa, Australia, KidZone Tiger Trail, and The Valley.

• In 1912 the zoo added it’s Bear Grotto exhibit

• During the 1940s the zoo added a monkey island and children’s zoo.

• During the 1950s the Kansas City Zoo added it’s African Veldt, a sea lion pool and flamingos to it’s exhibits.

• Later during the 1960s the zoo added it’s Great Ape House, an elephant house and an otter pool.

• The zoo’s gibbon islands, Great Catwalk and dairy barn were added during the early 1970s.

• In 1991 the zoo expanded to the current size 82 ha.

• In 1993 the zoo opened its Australian exhibit, followed by its International Festival and Africa exhibit in 1994 and 1995 consecutively. In it’s first two days of opening the Africa exhibit the Kansas City Zoo saw over 40,000 visitors.

• Today the Africa exhibit is divided into the areas: Botswana featuring the zoo’s seven African elephants, Chilean flamingos and black-necked swans; The Congolese Rainforest known for it’s red-capped mangabey, black mangabey, lowland gorilla, and leopard exhibits; Kenya which houses the zoo’s collection of cheetahs, warthog, springbok, scimitar-horned oryx, and other species native to the African plain; Tanzania which features an African lion exhibit, chimpanzees and several species of birds; and a Uganda section which houses an outdoor theater stage and also home to African wild dogs and Guinea baboons.

• Kansas City Zoo’s Spring IMAX Theater and the first IMAX building to be added to a zoo earned the zoo a record attendance of over 700,000 zoo guests, and 400,000 visitors in 1998.

• In 2002 in recognition of a new management and public-private partnership with the Friends of the Zoo the Kansas City Zoo opened it’s Orangutan Primadome.

• In 2006 after undergoing extensive renovations the zoo opened it’s Discovery Barn. The building, formerly the Red Barn featured several exhibits, play areas for children including a slide, and a Peek-a-Boo Tree. In 2006 the zoo also added a wide short-cut path (Promenade) to its African elephant exhibits allowing guests quicker access to the Africa section.

• In 2007 the zoo added an endangered species merry-go-round to its KidZone. On September 4 that year the zoo closed the Spring IMAX Theater.

• In 2008 the zoo opened its new entrance admission gates, an educational center as well as a number of other exhibits for it’s collection of North American river otters and trumpeter swans.

• The zoo’s Tropics house located in the 1909 Building behind the Sea Lion pavilion was opened in 2009,

• In 2010 the zoo opened it’s $10 million dollar polar bear exhibit; Polar Bear Plunge. The exhibit, home to the zoos’ collection of polar bears including Nikita who was later transferred to the North Carolina Zoo in 2015 for breeding, features a pool as well as multiple indoor and outdoor viewing points fitted with 57 mm thick glass windows.

• In 2012, two gorillas escaped from their exhibit when door to their enclosure was accidentally left open. Minutes later both gorillas were captured close to the building they were housed.

• In 2013 the zoo opened its Helzberg Penguin Plaza featuring a cold water tank for its cold water penguins and a pool for warm weather penguins. Kansas City Zoo houses four species of penguins including, gentoo, Humboldt, king, and gentoo in addition to several smaller exhibits for jelly fish, and a display for coral reef.

• In 1914, a grizzly bear, Nemo escaped from his enclosure by bending the bars of the exhibit and climbing the rock bluff. The bear was later found in the pool of a local cemetery 18 days later.

• In 2014 seven chimpanzees escaped from their exhibit by using a log to climb the wall. Immediately following the escape the zoo was placed on lockdown and visitors moved to a safe location until the animals were captured and returned to their enclosure.

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National Zoo Asian Orangutan Webcam

Kansas City Zoo’s Orangutan Canopy Webcam offers online visitors a view of the zoo’s 3,400 square foot exhibit housing six Bornean orangutans in a realistic outdoor habitat.

View Kansas City Orangutan Canopy Webcam.

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