Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes! The Zoo is open, with limited admission. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online, and schedule their admission time. Members are also encouraged to schedule visits in the same way, by choosing “member” tickets for no charge. You can schedule your visit here.
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Become a Member
Yes! Currently, tickets are only sold online prior to your visit. You can schedule your visit and purchase tickets here.
Yes. Tickets for members are free, but must be scheduled and “purchased” online in order to reserve your admission time. Just make sure to have your Member ID number ready at checkout.
There are two numbers on your membership card. Your Member ID number is the shorter number printed above your name and membership type. (The longer number below the barcode is the barcode number, not your Member ID number.)
Memberships start at $96 for a whole year of unlimited visits and more. See our Membership page for full details and benefits.
All memberships that were active between March 14 and May 18, 2020, will be extended for 2 months. This extension includes new memberships purchased or renewed during the time the Zoo was closed. Memberships that expired prior to March 14, will not be extended.
Masks will be required inside all buildings and indoor habitats. We will have masks for sale at the entrance.
Yes, with a few exceptions. The Elephant Barn and the Veldt Barn will be closed, but the animals will be outside for visitors. Outdoor viewing areas at Gorillas and Orangutans will be closed, but animals can be viewed from inside.
Tropics, Amphibians & Reptiles, Australia/South America, and the American Barn will close for a short time each afternoon for cleaning and feedings.
Some animals will begin going inside at 4 p.m.
You can enjoy fresh and delicious menu options at our main restaurant, The Beastro, as well as other concession areas including Kookaburra Canteen, Baobab Cafe, and Nganda Cafe.
Parking is FREE!
9 AM to 5 PM, with gates closing at 3:30.
Tickets are scheduled by 30-minute blocks from 9 AM to 3 PM. Your ticket will be valid for 30 minutes after the scheduled time. The time you choose allows you to arrive anytime within your 30-minute scheduled time, and feel free to stay as long as you’d like. A typical visit lasts around 2-3 hours.
Call our admissions office at 266-8211 to reserve your tickets with the discount.
We close the Saturday after Labor Day for our annual fundraiser, Zoobilee. But we are open all other 364 days of the year.
Absolutely! We also have strollers available for rent at $6/single or $10/double. Ask for them at the gift shop or the information kiosk inside the Zoo entrance.
Yes, wheelchairs are available to rent. A push wheelchair is $8, and an electric wheelchair is $25 for the first 3 hours and $5 for each additional hour. Call 316-266-8217 to reserve a wheelchair or inquire at the information kiosk inside the Zoo entrance.
For the safety of our animals and our guests, we do not allow bikes, scooters, skates, skate-shoes, skateboards, hoverboards, or Segways.
No, we do not have lockers available. Feel free to bring a cooler, bag, or wagon to carry your items around with you.
To ensure the safety of our animals and yours, only service dogs are permitted in the Zoo.
You’re welcome to take photos and video for your personal use only. Commercial photography is allowed only with prior written permission.
Smoking is not allowed inside the Zoo.
Yes, visitors can bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages. You can also stop by one of our restaurants or concession locations. All locations are currently operating from outdoor service windows only.
Keeper Chats, Animal Extras, and Wild Encounters are currently canceled, in order to maintain proper social distancing for guests, employees, and animals.
Yes! Our gift shop is located near the entrance of the Zoo. We offer a full selection of merchandise, including books, SCZ logo clothing, educational toys and much more.
Yes, just hang onto your receipt or ask for a stamp for reentry.
We’re open rain or shine! We don’t give rain checks, so be sure to check the weather before you come.
Call our admissions office at 266-8211 and they’ll work with you to find a solution.
Our admissions staff will do everything they can to accommodate late or missed arrivals. Call the ticket office at 316-266-8211.