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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.
Grass has sprouted in the newly constructed Cat Canyon exhibit. We have the community to thank for the bricks and mortar of this $1,000,000 project.
Over 1,500 visitors thronged to Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City during the exhibit's grand opening on September 22, 3013 to get a first glimpse of the new habitat for jaguars, bobcats and puma. The ribbon cutting celebration for the new Cat Canyon exhibit included kids’ activities and games, face painting, refreshments, discovery carts manned by zoo educators, and best of all, up close encounters with the zoo’s feline residents. Comments were overwhelmingly positive as children and adults alike got nose to whisker with the curious jaguars through thick glass.
The new habitats for the jaguar and puma are 4.5 times larger than their previous exhibits, and the cats seem to be enjoying every square foot of their new space. The yards include native grass, felled trees, hollow logs, rock caves, ponds, heated rocks at the viewing window and other natural features. Four cats (two jaguars and two bobcats) moved across the zoo to their new home, while three new cats (a jaguar, puma, and bobcat) will also call Cat Canyon their home.
TAILS IN TINSELTOWN
Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo are decking the halls of the Finnup Center in preparation for a new jolly holiday event. “Tails in Tinseltown” is scheduled for Saturday December 14, 2013. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon and includes Breakfast in Mrs. Claus’s Parlor (by reservation), Christmas train rides, a children’s craft and a meet-and-greet with Old Saint Nick.
Advance passes to the event are $5 per person and are now available at the Finnup Center, online and also at Splatterworks (located at 214 N. Main St). General admission passes will also be sold at the door for $10 per person the day of the event.
Breakfast reservations for Mrs. Claus’ Parlor are sold exclusively through the Friends’ office, at a cost of $12 per child and $15 per adult for members or $22 per child and $25 per adult for non-members. Reservations can be made for 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. Admission to all ‘Tinseltown’ activities is included with breakfast reservations. All breakfast reservations must be made by Wednesday December 11. Space is limited. Contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo for more information: 620-276-6243 or email@example.com.