Kansas City Zoo to Open Aquarium in 2023

A world-class aquarium is coming to the Kansas City Zoo in 2023. The aquarium will enhance visitors’ experience and open new pathways to ocean conservation, education and research.

Zoo visitors will enjoy an up-close and personal experience, beginning at the warm-water shore habitat and traveling “deeper” through mangrove forests, sandy shores, tropical lagoons, and coral reefs. Then they’ll “ascend” through a kelp forest and end at a cold-water rocky shore. Each habitat will showcase a variety of fascinating ocean life, immersing visitors in the experience of being at the ocean.

The 600,000-gallon aquarium will be situated near Helzberg Penguin Plaza, within easy distance of the front gate and accessible year-round.

In addition to providing an inspiring visitor experience, the aquarium will bring jobs and tourism revenue to the community as well as provide an ocean-themed curriculum for area schools. The aquarium also brings opportunities for new conservation projects that will educate guests and increase the Kansas City Zoo’s role in critical initiatives.

Help the Zoo make waves! Creating a world-class aquarium is one of the most exciting projects the Kansas City Zoo has ever embarked upon. It will be a true treasure and asset for this community that will support the Zoo’s mission to connect all people to each other and to the natural world to promote understanding, appreciation and conservation. We invite you to help make this project a reality. Your donation will help bring to life the vision of adding a large-scale aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo.

For more information on how to donate, please visit www.kansascityzoo.org/aquarium/donations

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