Kansas City Zoo http://kcur.org en The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers http://kcur.org/post/true-life-kansas-city-zookeepers <p></p><p>So, you like animals? You enjoy watching them, taking care of them, and talking about them? Would you make a good zookeeper? Guest Host<a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison"> Brian Ellison</a> takes a look at the true life of Kansas City Zoo zookeepers on Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>. Find out what it's really like to chase a fugitive chimpanzee and keep the penguins healthy and happy in their habitat. Speaking of penguins, you can watch the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo live <a href="http://www.kansascityzoo.org/node/671">right here</a>.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:55:08 +0000 Brian Ellison, Hannah Copeland & Scott Ross 58549 at http://kcur.org The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers Kansas City Zoo Hopes To Limit Crowds With Revamped Free Admission Program http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-zoo-hopes-limit-crowds-revamped-free-admission-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas City Zoo is rolling out a new system for free visits after more than 20,000 people overwhelmed the zoo during a free admission day in March.</span></p><p>Some guests became unruly –&nbsp;and<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/post/gunshots-could-change-kansas-city-zoos-free-admission-days" style="line-height: 1.5;">shots were fired in a parking lot</a>&nbsp;as people left the zoo.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:47:55 +0000 Elle Moxley 57593 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Zoo Hopes To Limit Crowds With Revamped Free Admission Program Malted Milk Balls End 'Great Ape Escape' At Kansas City Zoo http://kcur.org/post/malted-milk-balls-end-great-ape-escape-kansas-city-zoo <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal">Kansas City Zoo visitors were locked up indoors for an hour Thursday while seven chimpanzees ran free outdoors in an area accessible only to zoo personnel.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal">Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff told TV-9 the chimps using a tree branch for a ladder was an example of primate intelligence and strength.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:44:28 +0000 Steve Bell 54024 at http://kcur.org Gunshots Could Change Kansas City Zoo's Free-Admission Days http://kcur.org/post/gunshots-could-change-kansas-city-zoos-free-admission-days <p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><font size="3" style="font-size: 13pt">Fights and gunshots in a Kansas City Zoo parking lot are prompting a debate on the future of “free admission days” that are held four times a year. Monday's was the second such event marked by unruly behavior and fighting among young people. </font></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:01:26 +0000 Steve Bell 52914 at http://kcur.org Meet The New Penguins At The Kansas City Zoo http://kcur.org/post/meet-new-penguins-kansas-city-zoo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 penguins are settling in to their new home at the Kansas City Zoo, as the </span>Helzberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Penguin Plaza opens to the public October 25.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City Zoo director Randy </span>Wisthoff<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says one of his first ideas when he arrived here ten years ago was opening a penguin exhibit. From his experience at the Omaha Zoo, he knew they were crowd pleasers.</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:21:13 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Esther Honig 45754 at http://kcur.org Meet The New Penguins At The Kansas City Zoo Annual Zoo Conference Decends On KC, Examines New Challenges http://kcur.org/post/annual-zoo-conference-decends-kc-examines-new-challenges <p>Lions, tigers and (panda) bears, oh my! Two thousand zoo and aquarium professionals are in Kansas City this week for the annual convention of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.&nbsp;</p><p>In the first part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look at the challenges zoos face these days and how that's been affecting attendance. We also discuss what zoos are hoping their visitors get out of the experience.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:19:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43393 at http://kcur.org Annual Zoo Conference Decends On KC, Examines New Challenges Romance For Polar Bears? Zoo Crowds Keep Watch http://kcur.org/post/romance-polar-bears-zoo-crowds-keep-watch <p>If you're a zoo-lover, you’ve probably heard that the Kansas City Zoo’s very popular Polar Bear, Nikita, has a new friend.</p><p>Six-year-old Nikita, a male, has been joined by female Berlin, 17 years his senior.</p><p>Berlin came to Kansas City from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth. Her habitat there had been destroyed by this summer's floods.&nbsp;</p><p>After a short stay with two neutered males at the Minnesota Zoo, wildlife conservation experts decided to pair Berlin with a more virile male.</p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:33:14 +0000 Laura Ziegler 33606 at http://kcur.org Romance For Polar Bears? Zoo Crowds Keep Watch Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-wednesday-june-6-2012 <p>A circuit judge is backing the Cass County board of commissioners in its decision to not hold a vote on a zoo tax.&nbsp; Prairie Village leaders have rejected a parks sales tax proposal... It&#39;s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:02:37 +0000 Elana Gordon 18919 at http://kcur.org