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Get To Know Our Elephant
Stephanie is a South African Bush Elephant. Stephanie came to Sedgwick County Zoo in 1972 when she was approximately two years old.
Stephanie's favorite food item seems to be carrots as she will occasionally leave bananas, oranges and white potatoes behind.
Potential New Residents!
We are excited to be working as partners with Dallas Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and conservation officials in Swaziland, Africa, in an effort to provide 18 African elephants necessary new homes.
Making Room for Rhinos
Once the most abundant of all rhino species, black rhinos are critically endangered and considered at great risk of extinction due to poaching for their horns. Black rhinos, and southern white rhinos, can live side by side because they do not compete for food—one browses and the other grazes. Both species need protected habitats and both are expected to thrive in the Swazi parks because they do not outstrip the land. The parks’ protected boundaries can also provide critical safety and space to support large numbers.
Visit RoomforRhinos.org for more information.
The Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley will be the third largest elephant exhibit in the country. It encompass more than 5 acres of sprawling outdoors space, plus indoor facility and world's largest elephant pool at 550,000 gallons.
This habitat is designed to provide elephants with choices that help ensure their physical, mental and social wellbeing. The innovative approach is informed by the latest scientific research about elephant welfare including a landmark 2013 study that assessed the health of elephants at all U.S. accredited zoos and identified opportunities to improve welfare for all elephants in professional care. Insights from these studies are informing how we care for elephants.
The Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley is planned to open on Memorial Day weekend of 2016.
Expert Elephant Care
The elephants at Sedgwick County Zoo have a high quality of life and are provided excellent nutrition, excercise, professional veterinary care and environmental enrichment. They are cared for by a dedicated team of elephant-care experts and veterinarians with more then 70 combined years of elephant care and management experience.
Dedicated to Elephants
Sedgwick County Zoo is dedicated to the care of its elephants and the protection of wild elephants. As part of our conservation mission, we support the International Elephant Foundation. Over 90% of this foundation's money goes to support conservation, education, and research projects that help wild elephants and provide improvements for the elephants in human care.
An average of 96 elephants are killed each day in Africa. At this rate, African elephants face near extinction in just 10 short years. The reasons for their decline include poaching, inadequate protection, insufficient efforts to stop ivory trafficking and the huge demand for ivory around the world.
96 Elephants is a campaign created by the Wildlife Conservation Society. This campaign aims to bring together world citizens, partners, leaders and change makers to leverage their collective influence and resources to save African elephants from extinction.
Learn more and join the effort!
HOPE FOR ELEPHANTS
If people are to care about preserving elephants and their habitat, they need to learn about and understand them. Zoos provide a powerful venue to make this happen. When people learn about elephants they discover that their actions do matter. Elephants need zoos. Zoo studies on elephant biology and behavior would be challenging and in some cases impossible, in the field. Working with populations in zoos has a positive effect on conservation, and the information gathered is relevant to helping and understanding wild populations.
Your Actions Matter
Show your dedication to Sedgwick County Zoo and our elephants.
Thanks in advance for your support. Together we can make a difference.
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67212
t: (316) 660-9453
Hours of Operation
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 10, 2016 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).