The Emporia Zoo is a small zoo, but far from the smallest in Kansas. The animals seem interested in the zoo's visitors, to an extent that I suspect that people often ignore the signs and give them food. I particularly liked the unusually tame badger, the cute cotton-top tamarins, and the large bull elk which sometimes bugles and puts on a display for the buffalo and deer in the neighboring pen.
Until recently, the larger hooved animals were in a separate area seen from your automobile, but the Zoo layout has been changed and there is a new path that crosses the dam from the Preston Forest Adventure.
The Emporia Zoo is located in Soden's Grove Park, which has a small train which operates on summer evenings. Soden's Grove Park park also includes the Marsh Arch Bridge, which is no longer open to vehicles, and the All Veterans Memorial which has separate markers for each of the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Persian Gulf War.
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