African Lions (Panthera leo krugeri) spend most of their day resting, both in the Sedgwick County Zoo and in the wild.
The Sedgwick County Zoo in northwest Wichita is the largest zoo in Kansas and one of the largest zoos in the United States. One of Kansas' largest attractions, the Wichita zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals of nearly 500 different species.
One of my favorite exhibits at the Sedgwick County Zoo is the hippos. The viewing area has two levels with a glass wall along the side of the pool on the lower level. The water was too cloudy for good pictures the day the rest of these photos was taken, but the water is changed daily and sometimes the view is a surprising treat.
Things to do, in addition to viewing and sometimes interacting with the animals, include a children's play area, story times, snack bars, boat rides ($3) and trams. Plan to spend a half day at the Sedgwick County Zoo.
The Wichita Zoo is a good place to visit even during cold or inclement weather. Although the zoo is quite large, the indoor attractions are all clustered near the main entrance and it is easy to move between them without spending much time outdoors.
New since 2007 is the Wichita zoo's first marine aquatic exhibit, the Penguin Cove. The $1.5 million exhibit mimics the birds' native habitat and features a rocky area with coves flanking a 42,000 gallon pool. Penguin Cove is home to a small colony of Humboldt penguins.
copyright 2006-2011 by Keith Stokes