Thursday, June 14, 2012

zoo review

I have been to several zoos over the years and was skeptical about going to another one. My memories were of the heat, the endless asphalt, the bored sometimes unkempt animals in cages. But we had heard good things about this one, so decided to check it out. In fact, earlier this month the zoo was in the news as ranked 7th in the nation on TripAdvisor.

The zoo has quickly become recognized both nationally and internationally for its support of conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species. Having over 2,500 animals of nearly 500 different species, the zoo has slowly increased its visitors and now ranks as the number one outdoor tourist attraction in the state.

I was pleasantly surprised by the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita. The walking paths are narrow and shady, the layout is organized. There is a lot of water flowing through the park, the landscaping is beautiful.

Lots of ducks and birds just walking around loose, including a colorful peacock with mate and baby. One review I read said if you just stay to the right you can walk 4 miles and see everything.

The animals were alert and healthy, their environments were free and lush and full of grass and trees and water. There were glass enclosures projecting into the animal habitats where we humans could get up close without bothering the residents.

The only thing I didn't find was anything to eat! (I guess I am so used to going to amusement parks where around every corner you are barraged by food stands trying to get your money.) We were there several hours and saw a few drink machines and a couple of closed snack bars, and by the time we left at 1:30 I was starved, that bowl of cereal long gone. Of course looking at the map later, there was a food area where we didn't go, away from the animals (maybe so they wouldn’t be tempted by the smells!)

I ended up taking 287 pictures, some of which can be found in this ALBUM.

So I give a thumbs up to the zoo here in Wichita! A nice surprise, an oasis in this hot dry state! Well worth the $13.95 admission.

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