Good weather means good times at the zoo


Despite a few odd snow storms, the weather has generally been gorgeous and you know you want to get out of the house and enjoy it! Lee Richardson Zoo will help you do just that when you stop by for one of our fun upcoming events.

Despite a few odd snow storms, the weather has generally been gorgeous and you know you want to get out of the house and enjoy it! Lee Richardson Zoo will help you do just that when you stop by for one of our fun upcoming events.

On Saturday, the zoo will be holding our second annual Egg-stravaganza! All day long you will have the opportunity to enjoy animal encounters, egg hunts and more. Watch as our mountain lion receives enrichment at 8:30 a.m., then move on to the elephants at 10:30 a.m., sloth bears at 12:30 p.m. and the snow leopards at 2:30 p.m. Enrichment is something that encourages natural behaviors of our animals and can range from interesting scents scattered about the exhibit to hidden food or paper maché eggs for them to explore!

As the animals enjoy searching for their eggs, you can search for some as well. Hidden throughout the zoo are special laminated pictures of colored eggs with the Lee Richardson Zoo logo. Count how many you find and enter your guess at the Safari Shoppe for a chance to win a special prize! There is also a traditional egg hunt on the west green of the zoo at 1 p.m. for Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo members. This special egg hunt requires pre-registration at so don't forget to sign up! And if you feel the need to build up your energy for all the egg fun, be sure to head over to the gazebo on the west green at 10 a.m. For just $1 per entry you can participate in a cupcake walk and devour a yummy prize.

Be sure to rest up after all the fun on Saturday, since you will need your energy for Wednesday during our annual Earth Day Party for the Planet event! From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., exhibitors from regional organizations will have booths set up in the Finnup Center for Conservation Education and around zoo grounds with games, activities, and crafts for children and families. There are 20 exhibitors this year representing organizations such as the Great Plains Nature Center, Kansas Wetland Education Center, and our very own Garden City Recycling Project, Fire Department, Water Department, Stormwater Management and the Garden City High School FFA. Our theme this year is "Pledge for the Planet: Changes You Can Make."

Don't forget to stop by the elephants at 10:20 a.m., the red-ruffed lemurs at 11:30 a.m. and the trumpeter swans at 12:30 p.m. to visit with our amazing keepers and hear conservation stories! Or pause a moment at our craft table to make a Toad Abode for our local amphibious friends. If you swing by our biofact tent, you will get the chance to learn about endangered species success stories from around the world, ways you can be a smart environmental shopper, recycled products and easy changes you can make at home to reduce your impact on the world around you.

The first Earth Day was held in Washington, D.C., in 1970 to call attention to the declining health of our planet. The zoo has made Earth Day an annual tradition to help current and future generations learn how to be better stewards of the Earth.

So what are you waiting for? With the Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, Earth Day on Wednesday, Blues at the Zoo on May 10 and Endangered Species day just around the corner, there are lots of opportunities to get outside, enjoy the weather and maybe learn something at the same time. We will see you soon at Lee Richardson Zoo!

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