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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.


Jungle Run rhino

Jungle Run II

A Car Show July 9, 2016

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo is revving up for an action-packed day at the zoo July 9th, 2016 with Jungle Run II.   Last year, after more than a twenty-year absence, the Jungle Run was brought back to the West Green of beautiful Lee Richardson Zoo. It was so well received that we are doing it again and have added more awards, a scavenger hunt, rubber duck races and more. This will be a funtastic day at the zoo for the whole family with train rides, music, great food and plenty to see and do. Car show registration is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the show running until 2 p.m. when awards will be given out. Pre-registration is just $25 or $30 the day of the show. Dash plaques and goodie bags go to the first 75 entries. For more details or registration forms, contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo: 620-276-6243, stop by the Finnup Center or email Proceeds will go toward a new primate exhibit at Lee Richardson Zoo.

Also that day, the Finney County Historical Museum will be hosting their 7th annual Flea Market Festival of Antiques, Collectibles, Art & Crafts inside the zoo starting at 8 a.m.  Extra parking will be available at the fairgrounds with free shuttle transportation running to and from the zoo during the events.  Free shuttle service will be available inside the zoo during the events as well.














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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