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Safari through the grasslands and explore Garden City's favorite family destination: Lee Richardson Zoo!

Every membership to the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo is packed with adventure and a full year's worth of drive-thru admission-free fun. Lee Richardson Zoo is committed to provide the highest quality care for our animal residents. Your gift directly supports efforts to enhance animal habitats and improve the quality of life for our animal ambassadors.


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Monkey Business!

Tickets now on sale for this primate pandamonium.

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo presents "Monkey Business", a vaudeville-style production of songs, comedy and theatre produced and directed by Skip and Vincent Mancini. The third production of its kind, proceeds from the performances will go directly to benefit a new primate exhibit at Lee Richardson Zoo.

Evening performance dates are June 2,3,4,7,9 and 11 with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. There are two Sunday matinee performances, June 5 and 12 with shows starting at 2:00 p.m. Join the cast and crew for dessert and music after every show. Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education at Lee Richardson Zoo or online. Friends will host the performances. Co-sponsors include Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Garden City Community College Vocal Music Department and Garden City Recreation Commission. For more details or to see how you can help, call 620-276-6243 or email "Monkey Business" is a benefit for a new primate exhibit at Lee Richardson Zoo.

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Get Ready For Rhinos

Rhino Conservation Center

Modifications are underway to transform the old elephant/rhino exhibit into a Rhino Conservation Center. Plans are in the works for Lee Richardson Zoo to obtain a male and a female black rhino this year, with hopes that they will eventually breed. The Rhino Conservation Center could house up to four black rhinos at at time, two or three adults and the offspring.

As an AZA accredited zoo, Lee Richardson Zoo joins about 230 other AZA zoos and aquariums in an effort focused on saving animals from extinction or SAFE. The education goals of SAFE are to engage the public and teach them about the importance of conservation and help us take action to save wildlife and habitats.

The critically endangered black rhino is one of ten signature species AZA facilities are focusing on. The greatest threat to the black rhino is poaching to satisfy the demand for their horns. On the black market, the horn trade is more profitable than that of gold and other high value commodities. Rhino horns are made from keratin, the same as your hair and fingernails but consumers in Vietnam and China believe the horns have healing powers and use them for a variety of cures. The once most numerous of rhino species, black rhino populations have declined from an estimated 850,000 individuals to less than 100,000 by 1960. By the mid 1990's, this number reduced to approximately 2,400. Due to sustained conservation efforts, the species numbers increased to almost 5,000 in 2010. Unfortunately a massive resurgence in poaching in recent years is threatening the black rhino once again.


To learn more about the SAFE program and the black rhino visit












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