Lee Richardson Zoo
|Location||Garden City, Kansas, USA|
|Land area||47 acres (19 ha)|
|Number of animals||300|
|Number of species||110|
The Lee Richardson Zoo is an AZA accredited zoo in Garden City, Kansas. The zoo has more than 100 species of animals located on 47 acres (19 ha) inside Finnup Park and includes many animals that are non-native to southwest Kansas. Admission is free.
Finnup Park was established by a donation of 105 acres (42 ha) of land to the city by George Finnup. The zoo was started in 1927 by the city and the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League, with two skunks brought in by Lee Richardson, who was Chief of Police and Park and Zoo Superintendent at the time. The zoo was formally named for Lee Richardson in 1950, just a year before he died.
The Lee Richardson Zoo is a department of the City of Garden City.
- North American Plains
- This section of the zoo includes "Kansas Waters" with its river otters and the "Swift Fox" exhibit, which both opened in 2005, as well as pronghorn, elk, and bison.
- South American Pampas
- The South American Pampas exhibit includes maned wolf, anteaters, alpaca, tapir, rhea, and cavy. Flamingos are housed next to this exhibit.
- The "Marie Osterbuhr Aviary" was opened in 1985. It includes a large open air flight cage that is home to the Bali mynah, Mandarin ducks, pheasants, doves, and Taveta golden weavers, as well as four indoor displays that are home to species including kookaburras, burrowing owls, yellow-billed cardinals, and turacos.
- The cat exhibits include the lion exhibits as well as "Cats of the Americas", which houses American mountain lions, jaguars, and bobcats.
- The Pachyderm exhibit houses African elephants and black rhinos. The two elephants currently at the zoo arrived in 2006.
- Down Under
- Down Under is home to the zoos Australian animals, including emus and a breeding herd of red kangaroo.
- African Plains
- The African Plains area consists of two large open yards designed to look like the African Savannah, and includes African pygmy goats, addax, and East African crowned cranes.
- Wild Asia
- The Wild Asia exhibit opened in 1998, and includes siamangs, red pandas, Bactrian camels, snow leopards, Amur leopards, snow monkeys, Goral, Père David's deer, and a sun bear, along with an Asian farm that includes yak, sheep, and chickens.
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