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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.


Boo at the Zoo

24th Annual

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo are pleased to present the 24th annual “Boo! At the Zoo,” Saturday, October 20, 2018. This year, all gates are open from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Lee Richardson Zoo will be closed all day October 20th prior to the event for preparations. The evening includes a trick-or-treat trail with ‘spooktacular’ treat stops, creepy creature encounters with zoo docents and a journey through a ghoulish graveyard. Guests are asked to come hungry with an ogre-sized appetite, as the Safari Shoppe is selling Frankenweenies (hot dogs), Spookies and Cream as well as other chilling flavors of Dippin’ Dots ice cream and a variety of snacks and beverages. Support the Zoo’s efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag from home!

“Boo! at the Zoo” tickets are available beginning Friday, September 21 through Friday, October 19 until 5 p.m. at the Zoo or until they run out at the other ticket locations. Children ages 2 years old and under are free. Buy your general admission tickets early at the discount price of $5.00 per person at Blue Fox Boutique, El Remedio Market, Ward’s Garden Center and Lee Richardson Zoo. Tickets may also be purchased online at until Sunday, October 14 to ensure delivery. General admission at the gate is $10 per person. In addition to general admission, guests will also have the opportunity to visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter by purchasing passage on the Hogwarts Express. Witches and wizards are invited to travel through the Dark Forest while warding off dementors with their magic wands as the train makes its way back to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Hogwarts Express train passes are $5 each and can only be purchased at the event.

Members-only skeleton key passes are also available (for members with a family/grandparent membership or higher-level membership) and include a Haunted Hay Ride, passage on the Hogwarts Express train and a special entrance that bypasses the general admission line via an entrance that is only for skeleton key pass holders. Skeleton Key passes are limited and sell out quickly. Skeleton key passes are $15 each for children ages 3-12 and $20 for young adults and the young at heart (ages 13 and over). Skeleton Key passes are sold exclusively through the Friends’ office. Boo! at the Zoo is a benefit for improvements at Lee Richardson Zoo.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the Conservation Carousel project. The rain date for Boo! at the Zoo is Saturday, October 27th .

Sponsors include American Warrior, Unger's Heating & Air Conditioning, General Pest Control, Marc & Jeanne Cottrell, El Remedio Market, Finney County Convention & Tourism Bureau, The Garden City Company, Kansasland Tire Group, American Implement, Inc., KFSA Insurance, LLC., Royal Farms Dairy, LLC, Midwest Health, Inc., Golden Plains Credit Union, Western Motor .

Treat Stop sponsors include ABC Pregnancy Care Center, AT&T, Western State Bank, Cato Fashion, Check Into Cash, Claire's, Compass Behavioral Health, Dairy Farmers of America, Elements Boutique, Finney County EMS, Finney County Sheriff's Office, Garden City EA, Garden City Police Department, GCHS Student Council, Genesis Family Health, Girls Scouts of Kansas Heartland, Golden Corral, Great Clips, HALO GCHS, Heartland Coca Cola, Helping Hand Quick Cash, Home Depot, Drs. Hopkins , Hopkins & Ackerman, LLC, American Implement, Inc., Jobs for America's Graduates - Kansas, Kansas Children's Service League Head Start, Landmark National Bank, MBA Real Estate, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., MJ's Barber Shop, Steckline Communications, United Wireless, Vets for Veterans, YMCA, Lee Richardson Zoo Education. Sponsorships and Treat Stop locations are still available. Contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo for more information: 620-276-6243 or email



Join Our Herd!

A new year is here and we are looking for energetic people of all ages, to help us make Lee Richardson Zoo fun for all who visit.  

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo is now taking applications for various guest service positons for the 2018 season. If you like working with people in a fun environment, this could be the job for you. Hours are flexible. Download an application below or stop by the zoo to pick one up today.

Call 620-276-2661 or 620-276-6243 for more information.



Click Here to Download Application.





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