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Zoo Rules & Policies

Guest Code of Conduct

We will do everything possible to create and preserve and environment where everyone can feel physically and emotionally safe and comfortable. Please follow all posted rules and show courtesy to your fellow park guests as well as Zoo staff, volunteers, and animals. Disrespectful actions which disrupt or threaten others, including but not limited to: vulgarity, theft, discrimination, harassment, acts or threats of physical violence, will not be tolerated. This behavior will result in ejection from the Zoo without a refund on admission and violators will be subject to prosecution under the fullest extent of the law.

Animal health and welfare is a priority for SCZ:


Guest safety is a priority for SCZ:

General Zoo Rules:

Does this bring up other questions? See our Zoo FAQ for answers.

In Case of Severe Weather

In the event of emergency—severe weather or the threat of severe weather—our responsiblities are to provide for the safety of our visitors, our employees, our animals, and our equipment.

The weather is monitored through the Zoo Administrative Office and Entry. It is the responsibility of the Office and Entry to notify Zoo personnel and to keep them advised of any changes. Please note the Administrative Office will not answer the phone during a tornado warning.

Actions visitors should take for each type of severe weather:

In Case of an Animal Escape

In the case of an animal emergency or escape, seek protective shelter immediately. Each Zoo department and its employees have prescribed functions. Visitors should not attempt to assist with the emergency in any way.

Photos & Video

Feel free to take pictures for personal use.

However, the commercial use of photographs and video you take during your visit is prohibited without consent of Sedgwick County Zoo. If you are interested in filming or taking photos for commercial use, please review and fill out a Commercial/Broadcast Application. This includes individuals or groups that generate revenue by posting footage on websites such as YouTube, TikTok, or other social media. Send your completed application to: Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Boulevard, Wichita, Kansas 67212 for consideration.

Rehabilitation Policy

Sedgwick County Zoo follows the advice of the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks. They recommend that we do our native wildlife a favor and leave them alone. It’s common to encounter young wild animals, especially in spring and summer. Some people have an irresistible attraction to these wild youngsters. Every year, the lives of young wild animals are needlessly jeopardized by well-intentioned people who take them from the wild in the mistaken belief that the animals are abandoned or orphaned and will die if not given care. In fact, rescuing wildlife from the wild often results in the death of the animal.

If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation involving an injured, abandoned or displaced animal you should contact the nearest office of the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks regarding information on rehabilitators that have the correct permits for the animal in question. Rehabilitators ease the suffering of these animals by either caring for them until they can be released or humanely euthanizing them.




Zoo News

Our monthly e-newsletter holds a fun assortment of announcements, discounts, and news so you can stay up to date with Sedgwick County Zoo.

What to Know

We’re excited to see you at the Zoo today! Here are some things to remember during your visit.

Animals Sightings

As always, some animals may not be visible due to weather or other factors. After 4:00 PM, you may see fewer animals during your visit.

Zoo Rules

Please read and follow all Zoo Rules and Policies to respect our guests and animals.