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2019: The year in review

Monday, December 30 2019 10:15 PM
By Julia Stafford

Wow! What a year it has been. 2019 has been filled with so many exciting moments. We wanted to take a look back at some of the special memories that were made in 2019. 

Animal Births and Arrivals

So many species of animals were born through our breeding programs this year. To name a few noteworthy moments, we welcomed our 60th baby giraffe, the second-ever pygmy hippo born in Kansas, the first-ever toucan chicks born at Tanganyika, otters, cheetahs, a variety of primates, hoof stock, birds, cats and so much more! We also welcomed three young lions to the park in June! Preserving species and providing excellent care for them is our top priority.



We probably had our most successful year yet as far as our park events go. Our two biggest fundraising events—Twilight Tour and Pumpkins at the Park blew us away. This year has inspired us to continue to provide you with the most unique and outstanding events in the area. We’re currently working to make our events in 2020 even better! We want to truly thank everyone who has joined us at any of our events. You are what makes them wildly-fun!  


In addition to our park events, we’re also so grateful to have been selected as the venue for weddings, family reunions, and corporate events.

Animal Experiences

We have had the pleasure of providing animal experiences to a countless number of guests in 2019 through our behind-the-scenes experiences, animal meet and greets, animal encounters and more. This is especially special and important to us as it directly relates to our mission. Each day, we strive to provide animal and educational experiences to spark a connection between humans and the natural world. By doing this, we hope to help to form a bond that will inspire people to learn more about animals and nature as well as take steps to contribute to conservation.


Our education department was booked basically non-stop this year with birthday parties, off-site visits, camps, field trips and many other programs. We loved being able to provide unique educational opportunities to thousands of adults and children.  

New Initiatives 

This summer, we implemented three new initiatives to expand their sustainable development with the goal of reducing plastics and contributing to the overall preservation of the natural world. These efforts include reusable cups, recycling bins and water fill stations. We also eliminated plastic straws in the pavilion.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Park and our mission to form a connection between humans and the natural world while preserving species. We couldn’t do what we do without you. We cannot wait for all 2020 has to bring. We have big plans and we hope you all will be a part of it! 

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