Annual Dinner will be Sunday, February 11, 2018. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Meal served at 1:00 p.m. $20 each for members and $30 each for non-members. Guest speaker Craig Rhodes, is an architect with GLMV in Wichita, KS. Craig will talk about what goes into planning an building an exhibit at a zoo.

Purchase tickets online HERE

Friend of Lee Richardson Zoo is revving up for an action-packed day at the zoo July 14th, 2018 with Jungle Run IV Automobile Show. After more than twenty-year absence, the Jungle Run was brought back in 2015 to the shaded West Green of beautiful Lee Richardson Zoo.


“A Wild Affair”, Lee Richardson Zoo’s largest and wildest “Fun-Raiser” of the year is Saturday, September 8, 2018. This special evening takes place under the stars of the Zoo’s West Green and features live music by Mike Benish and the Buckner Creek Band, as well as special appearances by zoo animal ambassadors.  Enjoy a roaring good time while you and friends sip on a variety of adult beverages while sampling delicious foods from some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers. Bid on hundreds of unique items in the live and silent auctions, all to benefit improvements at Lee Richardson Zoo.

Lee Richardson Zoo will be closed during regular zoo hours September 8 to prepare for the festivities.  The southwest gate will reopen at 6 p.m. with food being served until 8 p.m. Tickets are all inclusive and just $40 per person or $50 each after Labor Day.  All tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the event. Guests must be 21 to enter. Purchase tickets at Lee Richardson Zoo, Blue Fox Boutique, and Ward’s Garden Center or online at

“A Wild Affair” is a sponsored in part by Garden City Veterinary Clinic, Knoll Crop Protection, Tyson Fresh Meats, Finney County CVB, Poky Feeders, Marc and Jeanne Cottrell, Western Motor, Charles and Rebecca Claar, Fry Eye Associates and Fry Eye Surgery Center, Larry Johnston Auctions, YMCA of Southwest Kansas, Kansasland Tire, Riddles Jewelry, Keller-Leopold Insurance, Regan Jewelers, Bob and Adrian Price, and Lewis, Hooper & Dick, LLC.  Food and beverages provided by Boot Hill Distillery, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cat’s Cakes, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Dodge City Brewing Co., Garden City Steakhouse, Great Western Dining Service, Las Margarita’s, Pinky’s Grilled Cheestro, Plank’s BBQ, Rib Crib, Roots Juice Co., Thai Arawan, and Webb’s Food Crew and BBQ.  

For more information about the event or to get involved, contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo at 620-276-6243, or follow Friends on Facebook and Twitter.



Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo are pleased to present the 24th annual “Boo! At the Zoo,” Saturday, October 20, 2018. This year, all gates are open from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Lee Richardson Zoo will be closed all day October 20th prior to the event for preparations. The evening includes a trick-or-treat trail with ‘spooktacular’ treat stops, creepy creature encounters with zoo docents and a journey through a ghoulish graveyard. Guests are asked to come hungry with an ogre-sized appetite, as the Safari Shoppe is selling Frankenweenies (hot dogs), Spookies and Cream as well as other chilling flavors of Dippin’ Dots ice cream and a variety of snacks and beverages. Support the Zoo’s efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag from home!

“Boo! at the Zoo” tickets are available beginning Friday, September 21 through Friday, October 19 until 5 p.m. at the Zoo or until they run out at the other ticket locations. Children ages 2 years old and under are free. Buy your general admission tickets early at the discount price of $5.00 per person at Blue Fox Boutique, El Remedio Market, Ward’s Garden Center and Lee Richardson Zoo. Tickets may also be purchased online at until Sunday, October 14 to ensure delivery. General admission at the gate is $10 per person. In addition to general admission, guests will also have the opportunity to visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter by purchasing passage on the Hogwarts Express. Witches and wizards are invited to travel through the Dark Forest while warding off dementors with their magic wands as the train makes its way back to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Hogwarts Express train passes are $5 each and can only be purchased at the event.

Members-only skeleton key passes are also available (for members with a family/grandparent membership or higher-level membership) and include a Haunted Hay Ride, passage on the Hogwarts Express train and a special entrance that bypasses the general admission line via an entrance that is only for skeleton key pass holders. Skeleton Key passes are limited and sell out quickly. Skeleton key passes are $15 each for children ages 3-12 and $20 for young adults and the young at heart (ages 13 and over). Skeleton Key passes are sold exclusively through the Friends’ office. Boo! at the Zoo is a benefit for improvements at Lee Richardson Zoo.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the Conservation Carousel project. The rain date for Boo! at the Zoo is Saturday, October 27th .

Contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo for more information: 620-276-6243 or email





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