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Elephant Expedition Opens at Kansas City Zoo

By Kansas City Zoo
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It was just eight months ago when the Kansas City Zoo in Kansas City, Mo., announced an elephant-sized renovation coming to the Zoo, Elephant Expedition now opens back up to the public. This $10 million project includes updates that are going to be enjoyed by the Zoo’s seven African elephants as well as the many guests who visit them.

For the elephants, their remodeled home has a number of new benefits:

  • A more elephant-friendly pool and waterfall that will allow easier access for the elephants. A water filtration system will also save about 100,000 gallons of water every few days.
  • Additional sand in the elephant habitat, which provides a more comfortable substrate.
  • A safe perimeter for elephants of all sizes, so that even babies can explore the habitat without concern.
  • Additional shade structures for all-weather comfort.

For Zoo visitors, the renovation includes:

  • ADA-compliant walking paths along the entire elephant outdoor habitat to provide increased viewing and safety.
  • An enlarged viewing area at the elephant demonstration area with a public address system for zookeeper chats and educational programming.
  • An additional tram stop, for added convenience and less walking for those who desire it.
  • Improved viewing areas, including a new, bigger deck at Elephant Overlook.
  • Additional seating and shaded areas so guests can enjoy a break, plus flexible event space.
  • ADA-compliant restrooms, including an adult changing table.
  • A mother’s room, providing a relaxing, private space to meet the needs of new moms.
Visitors should reserve a timed entry ticket online at www.kansascityzoo.org as the Zoo is currently limiting attendance to aid in social distancing. You may also call (816) 595-1234 or purchase at the ticketing windows at the front entrance.

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