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 providing 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. 

Lee Richardson Zoo is  Open!

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo are pleased to present “Wilds in the Wild”, Saturday, October 17, through Friday, October 23, 2020.   This week-long Halloween celebration at Lee Richardson Zoo is an opportunity to dress up the little ones and enjoy family-time outdoors at the zoo.

The celebration will kick off on Saturday, October 17, and run through Friday, October 24.  The hours on Saturday will be 10 am to 4:30 pm and from noon to 4:30 pm the remaining 6 days.  Lee Richardson Zoo Education Department is putting together a scavenger hunt of spooky facts to look for while visiting on those days.  On the way out, stop off at the Safari Shoppe and get FREE bag of treats for children ages 12 and under. 

“To ensure we have enough treats for all the children, we will only be able to give out one treat bag per child during the celebration.  I encourage everyone to dress up if you can, adults included, and make this a special time for the little ones.  Also, I want to remind everyone that there will be an entire week to participate in the celebration.  We hope families will come, enjoy the zoo, and pick up the special treat bags we have made for them on their way out of the zoo.  We have a big beautiful zoo with plenty of space for everyone to spread out, and social distance and we encourage you to wear a PPE mask but it isn’t required.” said Jessica Norton, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, Executive Director. Norton said all staff and volunteers stuffing bags and handing them out will be wearing PPE and following safety guidelines.

Wilds in the Wild was made possible in part thanks to: Lee and Brenda Reeve and Reeve Cattle Company, Dairy Farmers of America, ProValue Insurance, Royal Farms Dairy, Sam’s Club, Vets for Veterans, Tatro Plumbing, Comfort Specialists and Heartland Farms.   For information about Wilds in the Wild or to donate an unopened bag of candy call Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo at (620)276-6243 or email  Candy can also be dropped off at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education M-F 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm prior to October 17, 2020.

The Conservation Carousel will be running its final run for the season on October 17 - 18, from 2 - 4 pm.  Rides are $2 per person. 

Candy donations can be dropped off at the Finnup Center or you can donate online and we will purchase candy.

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