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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are pets allowed in the zoo?

No Pets or Companion Animals; Service Animals are Permitted

Pets present health, safety, and quarantine issues for Zoo animals, and therefore are not allowed on Zoo grounds, including the parking lot and inside parked cars. Trained service animals, as defined under applicable federal and state laws, are permitted.  Guests with service animals should notify Guest Services staff upon arrival. We ask that service animals remain on a lead under their owner's control, and to display a service animal indicator vest at all times. 

Can I purchase a membership online?

Yes.  See our Membership page for more details about our online options.

Can I smoke and vape in the zoo?

For the health of our guests, staff, and animals, Lee Richardson Zoo is a smoke-free and vape-free environment. Guests wishing to smoke or vape are asked to exit the zoo and Finnup park to do so but and can return.  

Can I feed the animals?

Feeding animals is prohibited as each of them is on a strict diet to maintain their health and well-being.

Seasonal Encounters are opportunities to meet the giraffes, rhino, and sloth bear.  For more information on that visit the zoo's website at

Can I bring a cooler onto zoo grounds?

You are welcome to bring a cooler, but please omit glass, balloons, or alcoholic beverages. Keep our Zoo beautiful by placing trash and recyclables in designated receptacles.

Is there a fee to get into the zoo?

Lee Richardson Zoo is proud to offer a free walk-in experience for zoo patrons during regularly scheduled zoo hours.  Drive through admittance is $10 for a car or free with a zoo membership.

Why are some of the animals off exhibit?

Our exhibits are designed to be as naturalistic as possible because that’s best for the animals. Sometimes, that means they will find a secluded place to rest, so they won’t be easily visible. Different animals also are more active at various times of the day.

Do you have a lost and found department?

All items that are recovered by zoo staff are sent to the education office at the exit of the zoo or to the Safari Shoppe at the entrance of the zoo.  You may contact the education office at 620-276-1250 or the Safari Shoppe at 620-276-2661.  

Can I touch the animals?

While the animals at Lee Richardson Zoo may look docile and tame they are actually wild animals that are not used to being touched by humans.  Fences and other barriers located throughout the zoo are for the safety of visitors and should never be crossed.  In the event that you should drop something into an enclosure please find a zoo staff member that can help you.  

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