Improvements Coming to Sedgwick County Zoo

Sedgwick County zoo front entrance rendering

January 31, 2019 • Candace Wilson • Zoos + Aquariums

Big things are happening at the Sedgwick County Zoo! On Wednesday, Sedgwick County Commissioners approved a $6 million funding to begin the first phase of improvements for the Zoo’s new 25-year master plan.

“The experience inside the Zoo is so dynamic,” says Craig Rhodes, GLMV’s lead zoo designer. Having worked with the Sedgwick County Zoo for 25 years, Craig is excited about these improvements, including the new front entry. “By updating the front entry, it will give the Zoo a strong opening impression and match the quality of experience inside.”

Entryway includes a solar panel array

Kennel areas adjacent to the gift shop






What will this look like?

The project will include a new entryway, administrative building, and an expanded gift shop. This new entrance will improve the guest experience with shorter wait times, additional room to move around, and seating along the waiting area. The new administrative building will replace the small 60-year-old one and will include a new Board of Director’s meeting room with an aquarium.

The transformation continues with design features that are sure to enhance the quality of life for animals and wow guests. Additional improvements include an enhanced Amur Leopard exhibit, a solar-powered train to carry visitors around the Zoo, updates to the flamingo habitat, a park-like setting near the entrance for kids to play, and kennel areas for guests to bring their furry friends.

The new entrance complex is expected to be completed by 2021, just in time for the Zoo’s 50th anniversary! Our Zoos + Aquariums team is thrilled for Sedgwick County Zoo and the Wichita community.

Preview the design 

Curious about how these changes might look like? Click on the video below to see for yourself!

SCZ Front Entry Video Animation

To view the article covered by the Wichita Eagle, click here.