Kansas City Zoological Gardens
Kansas City, Missouri
Our Rating: outstanding
If there's one thing we
love more than digging into some Gates BBQ when we visit Kansas
City, it's visiting the world class Kansas City Zoo. The zoo is a good 200 acres in size and has a great
variety of animals. We enjoyed getting up close and
personal with kangaroos in Australia and were fascinated by the
white tiger in Asia. The crown jewel of the Kansas City
Zoo, however, is Africa. From the moment we passed the
African elephants and crossed over the Blue River we knew we
were in for a treat.
At 91 acres in size,
Africa alone at the Kansas City Zoo is the larger than many
North American zoos. Animals such as giraffes, rhinos,
chimps, lions, and apes are housed in exhibits which largely
mimic the animals' natural surroundings. In fact, one of
the things that most impressed us about this zoo was the fact
that most of the exhibits were animal-friendly.
The Kansas City Zoo was
undergoing significant renovations in November 2005 when we
visited, so we were unable to see the entire zoo.
The Sprint IMAX
Theater has features throughout the year. Click here
to go to the Kansas City Zoo's web site for a schedule and
Africa - The
quality of this part of the zoo is among the finest in the
country. The entire exhibition is well-planned and
The Kangaroos in
Australia - When you go to Australia, don't be shocked
by the fact that the kangaroos seem to be there among you
with no barriers. This might frighten the very young,
but the experience is one of the best in the zoo!
The Kansas City Zoo has a
petting zoo for the kids. There are also a number of other
opportunities such as train rides, camel rides, and Lorakeet
feedings in the aviary.
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