ACTIVITES AT LEE RICHARDSON ZOO
Lee Richardson Zoo offers giraffe feedings from 11 a.m. - noon on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Staff and trained volunteers are on hand to escort guests to the encounter area, where visitors may offer one of the zoo’s giraffes a refreshing treat. No registration is necessary – purchase feedings on site or at the Safari Shoppe. Cost is $2 for a single feeding or $5 for three. Questions: call the zoo, 620-276-1250.
The Richardson Railroad trackless train loading platform is located in front of the Rhino exhibit in the zoo’s African Plains. Each guided train ride through Lee Richardson Zoo is $4 and includes stops in the Americas, Wild Asia and the Wetlands. Members receive 50 percent off passage. The Richardson Railroad runs most weekends durning Safari Shoppe business hours, weather permitting. Questions: call the Safari Shoppe, 620-276-2661.
More commonly known as a surrey, a Safari Cycle is a light four-wheeled pedal-powered carriage with seats facing forward. Safari Cycles provide a recreation opportunity, while still enjoying a zoo visit. Cycles are rented by-the-hour with choices to rent a single bench for $18 (seats up to three adults and two children), double bench for $28 (seats up to six adults and two children), or a triple bench for $38 (seats up to nine adults and two children). Questions: call the Safari Shoppe, 620-276-2661.
The Finnup Center for Conservation Education is open 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to live animals and hands-on interactive tools, visitors may also make reservations for a free educational program on a variety of topics. Meet some unusual animals from around the globe, touch a tiger skin, or learn how the rain forest affects daily life. Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Questions or reservations: call the zoo education department, 620-276-1250.
Visit the Finnup Center for Conservation Education at 10:30 a.m. every Monday for storytime at the zoo. Storytime offers an opportunity to hear animal-themed stories, and meet animal ambassadors, on occasion, or explore animal biofacts first hand. Games or crafts are often associated with the week’s story. Books read are generally suited for a pre-school audience or younger. No reservations are required. Questions: call the zoo education department, 620-276-1250.
An educational environment is easy to find during the summer holidays at Lee Richardson Zoo. Zoo Edventures are a week-long adventure into the exotic world of nature – filled with animal encounters, games, crafts and more. Edventures take place in June and July, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – noon and are open to students entering first through eighth grades. Each week has a different theme and involves fun and exciting activities. Camp registration is $60 per student. Members receive $10 off per registration. Questions: call the zoo education department, 620-276-1250.