BECOME A MEMBER
Safari through the grasslands and explore Garden City's favorite family destination: Lee Richardson Zoo!
Every membership to the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo is packed with adventure and a full year's worth of drive-thru admission-free fun. Lee Richardson Zoo is committed to provide the highest quality care for our animal residents. Your gift directly supports efforts to enhance animal habitats and improve the quality of life for our animal ambassadors.
A WILD AFFAIR
"YEAR OF THE MONKEY"
Saturday September 24 2016
A Wild Affair, Lee Richardson Zoo's largest and wildest 'Fun-Raiser' of the year, celebrates 'Year of the Monkey' Saturday September 24, 2016. The evening takes place under the stars in Wild Asia where you will enjoy live music and adult beverages while sampling delicious foods from some of the regions best restaurants and caterers. Delight in an exciting live auction, a large silent auction, and unique performances from a sword swallower, dragon dancers and more.
Lee Richardson Zoo will be closed during regular hours September 24 to prepare for the festivities but doors open at 6 p.m. at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education, located at 312 Finnup Dr. Food is served until 8 p.m. Tickets are all inclusive and just $40 per person or $50 if purchased after September 14 but they must be purchased in advance, as they will not be available at the door. Guests must be 21 to enter. Purchase tickets in advance at Lee Richardson Zoo, Patrick Dugan's Coffee House, and Ward’s Garden Center or online at www.folrz.org.
Funds raised will go toward a new home for the spider monkeys and red ruffed lemurs at Lee Richardson Zoo. Contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo for more information: 620-276- 6243 or follow Friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Get Ready For Rhinos
Rhino Conservation Center
Modifications are underway to transform the old elephant/rhino exhibit into a Rhino Conservation Center. Plans are in the works for Lee Richardson Zoo to obtain a male and a female black rhino this year, with hopes that they will eventually breed. The Rhino Conservation Center could house up to four black rhinos at at time, two or three adults and the offspring.
As an AZA accredited zoo, Lee Richardson Zoo joins about 230 other AZA zoos and aquariums in an effort focused on saving animals from extinction or SAFE. The education goals of SAFE are to engage the public and teach them about the importance of conservation and help us take action to save wildlife and habitats.
The critically endangered black rhino is one of ten signature species AZA facilities are focusing on. The greatest threat to the black rhino is poaching to satisfy the demand for their horns. On the black market, the horn trade is more profitable than that of gold and other high value commodities. Rhino horns are made from keratin, the same as your hair and fingernails but consumers in Vietnam and China believe the horns have healing powers and use them for a variety of cures. The once most numerous of rhino species, black rhino populations have declined from an estimated 850,000 individuals to less than 100,000 by 1960. By the mid 1990's, this number reduced to approximately 2,400. Due to sustained conservation efforts, the species numbers increased to almost 5,000 in 2010. Unfortunately a massive resurgence in poaching in recent years is threatening the black rhino once again.
To learn more about the SAFE program and the black rhino visit www.aza.org/SAFE-black-rhino/