BECOME A MEMBER
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.
Join our Herd!
Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo is now Hiring.
Do you love sales? Are you looking for leadership opportunities? Do you love putting a smile on people's faces? Do you love animals? If you've answered "Yes" to these questions, then join our herd! Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo is currently looking for a guest service manager to oversee the Safari Shoppe located inside Lee Richardson Zoo. Interested applicants must be flexible, willing to take and give direction, be a great team player and be comfortable overseeing several staff members. Knowledge in general clerical duties, advanced customer service and problem solving aptitude is required. A proven track record of excellence or a minimum of two years in a relevant field is preferred. Other available positions available include, assistant manager trainee, retail clerks, food service and train and trolley opperators. Pick up an application at the zoo or CLICK HERE to download a printable application.
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 www.aza.org/SAFE-black-rhino/