Kansas City Zoo is breaking new ground and it’s all thanks to you, Kansas City! For the first time in history, one million visitors have experienced an adventure at the KCZoo, shattering last year’s already impressive record of 911,336 visitors. With the addition of two adorable koalas and the births of chimpanzee and orangutan babies, it was a great year to visit the Kansas City Zoo.
This Black Friday has all new meaning at the Zoo! On Friday, November 25, the Jackson family walked through the front gates to enjoy a day at the Zoo and were met with a wild surprise! New recipients of a FOTZ Family membership and a KCZoo gift basket, there was more in store for these historical visitors. Residents of Waterloo, Iowa, the Jackson’s were visiting the Zoo with friends who live in Kansas City. Stephanie Jackson says she and her three kids visit the Zoo about once a month when her husband is in Kansas City with his reserve unit. With their new FOTZ membership, the Jackson family will have many more visits to the Zoo in the coming year.
“Thank you Kansas City!” exclaimed Randy Wisthoff, Kansas City Zoo’s Executive Director/CEO. “Each and every one of you that visited the Zoo this year helped us reach this goal. Having a million visitors enjoy the Zoo is a tribute to all the support this city and surrounding areas have provided. Thank you residents of Jackson and Clay County for supporting the Zoological District! We hope every day at our Zoo is a new adventure for you, your families and friends.”
There are at least a million more reasons to visit the Kansas City Zoo before the year comes to a close. Our adorable marsupial friends are heading back to San Diego very soon. Be sure to see the Koalas before they leave Kansas City on December 4. Catch our gentoo and king penguins marching in the chilly air outside Helzberg Penguin Plaza at 11 a.m. on weekends. Santa Claus is also making the journey from the North Pole to take a dip inside the cold penguin exhibit. See St. Nick diving with penguins on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 2 p.m.