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Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City

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The Lee Richardson Zoo is often referred to as an oasis on the plains of Kansas. Home to hundreds of Kansas native and exotic animals, the Lee Richardson Zoo features over fifty beautifully landscaped acres in Garden City, spacious animal exhibits, walking paths, a playground, picnic areas, and shady avenues. Experience elephants, giraffes, lions, bears, birds, primates and many more species from around the world, up close.

Our unique zoo is open year round, free to pedestrians, and vehicles may drive through for just $10 per day. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo supports conservation projects and reproduction of the world's rare and endangered species. The zoo’s Education Division provides a variety of programs (many free of charge) on-site, off-site, and through video conferencing technology. Summer camps, classroom presentations, and special events are just a few ways we share our love of wildlife with others.

At the Lee Richardson Zoo we are passionate about conservation issues and animal welfare. We welcome dialogue with our friends who have chosen to be part of our Facebook community. We love to answer questions and respond to your comments. However, due to our mission and philosophy, there are some things that we will not tolerate on our Facebook page: (1) Material that may be deemed lewd, offensive, libelous, or an ad hominem attack, (2) Material that constitutes political campaigning for a particular political party, candidate for public office, legislation, or referendum, (3) Material that essentially attempts to coopt our Facebook page for purposes that are inconsistent with Lee Richardson Zoo’s mission and activities, including sales promotions, advertisements, invitations, events, petitions, solicitations and other forms of promotion, and (4) Material that is proprietary or confidential or otherwise prohibited from public distribution by law. Lee Richardson Zoo reserves the right to delete material from its Facebook page that it deems inappropriate. Please direct any questions regarding posts to our page in a Facebook private message. Thanks for your cooperation in keeping Lee Richardson Zoo’s Facebook page focused on its mission.
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  • There is a nice variety of animals on display. The grounds are pleasant and well-maintained. My visits are to look for wild birds that use the zoo grounds and I generally find something interesting. O...  more »
  • We went on a Sunday morning. I was so surprised to find this nice zoo in a small town! Pleasant walk, well kept, and nice variety of animals.  more »
  • Great for a FREE zoo! Enough diversity that it is worth visiting again and again. Most exhibits are reasonably close. To see large animals takes a bit of walking or paying to drive through. If you do not wish to walk very much, the drive through option is nice for $10 per car or zoo membership. Great family membership price. It can also get you into other zoos for half off.
  • Amazing zoo, was blown away by the layout, animals and overall atmosphere. We enjoyed it so much, would recommend it to anyone. We saw families, solo and couple visitors, prams have easy access to view points for each animal. All staff went were friendly and helpful. This was such a great zoo, it should be top on your list of things to do at Garden City.

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