Wright Park Zoo
Wright Park Zoo
History to Present
Dodge City's history with zoo animals dates back to 1926 when the city acquired two African lions to go with two North American black bears and raccoons that were already on display in Wright Park. The animal's enclosures were scattered about the park until the mid-1980 were when the zoo took its current form, occupying approximately four acres in the southwest portion of the park. The zoo currently is home to about 126 animals representing 30 or so species from almost every continent of the earth and entertains 60,000 visitors a year. In October of 2010, the zoo gained accreditation with the Zoological Association of America (ZAA).
The Friends of Wright Park Zoo is starting up their organization again. For more information and to join, click here.
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Friends of Wright Park ZooWho The Friends Are: The Friends of Wright Park Zoo (FWPZ) and the City of Dodge City work together to make improvements to the zoo. Members are individuals from the community, or surrounding areas, who have an interest in helping the zoo.
The original FWPZ group was established sometime in the early ‘80s and then disbanded around 2009.
The current, active FWPZ group hopes to take over where the previous group left off. The friends are the primary fundraising source for the zoo, and there are big shoes to fill. In the past FWPZ has contributed to various projects including renovating the landscaping at the zoo, providing new and expanded exhibits for the wolves, emu, and tigers, and providing enrichment items for the animals.
By raising awareness of the zoo and fundraising, the hope is to not only create a more enriching environment for the animals in the zoo’s care but to increase the ability of the zoo to educate our community with these unique experiences.
Why Become a Member: Community support is critical to the success of the Wright Park Zoo. By becoming a member, community members can help FWPZ make necessary improvements and create educational opportunities for the community. Essential funding for the zoo comes from the city of Dodge City, but all the extras come from the Friends of Wright Park Zoo.
Benefits include invitations to member-only zoo events, a discount card to local businesses and other member perks.
Sponsoring an Animal: Join the Friends of Wright Park Zoo in sponsoring one of the animals at our zoo! Thousands of dollars are spent each year to maintain the animals and their environments at the zoo. By sponsoring an animal for a year, you can help provide for a variety of animal needs from new exhibits and housing to special dietary needs. Anyone can become an Animal Sponsor, including individuals, families, school groups, and civic organizations. For more information and the list of animals available, please visit the zoo and speak to a Keeper or email the zoo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download a membership form, click here.
Contact FWPZ: President - Jill Ewy
Friends of Wright Park Zoo
PO Box 923
Dodge City, KS 67801
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