The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas was founded in 1971 by the Sedgwick County Zoological Society. The zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals who represent 500 species. It is considered one of the best zoos in the restaurant and is internationally respected. The zoo takes you along a long, winding path, with each sector of the zoo having its own theme based on the animals it holds. Some of the sections are particularly popular like the Penguins Cove exhibit which opened in 2007; the exhibit the houses the elephants, hippos, giraffes, and rhinos; and Tiger Trek which has tigers, red pandas, bar-headed geese, and brow-antlered deer.
For those who don’t wish tram and boat tours through the zoo. The tram tours are free; the boat tours are available for a small fee. As excellent as is the zoo, it has not been without its difficulties. In 2011, a first-grade student on a field trip managed to climb over a fence into a leopard exhibit. The boy was attacked by the leopard, but another zoo visited managed to rescue the boy before he was killed. The boy lived, so the zoo didn’t put the animal down. But to date this has been the only such incident. The zoo remains a superb excursion for families and school classes on field trips. If you are vacationing in the area, you want to make this a definite stop.