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Sedgwick County Zoo reveals master plan including hotel and waterpark

Sedgwick County Zoo reveals destination masterplan

Sedgwick County Zoo has revealed an ambitious 25 year masterplan with eight phases, including an aquarium, a hotel and waterpark. The aim is to develop into a multi day destination.

Sedgwick County Zoo is currently the number one attraction in the state, with most of its visitors coming from within a 100 mile radius.

The Zoo has a  $14 million annual budget and delivers a $43 million impact on the Wichita economy each year. Opened in 1971, Sedgwick County Zoo currently occupies a footprint of 150 acres within the 250 acre plot it owns. There is potential to expand its animal habitats and other offerings to create a much larger and more varied visitor experience.


Phase one of the masterplan includes renovating and expanding the Zoo’s entrance and an electric train running on a lithium battery. Also included are an expansion of the Amur leopard habitat and a new event centre with a touchpool.

Destination development

Further down the line, there are more ambitious plans to expand the zoo’s exhibits and to turn the zoo into a multi-day destination.

A new aquarium will expand the existing amphibian and reptile complex to double the footprint. Depending on budget there may be a shark tank and a walkthrough tunnel.

A 200-300 room hotel and destination restaurant, themed as an African lodge is in the plan for the next five years. The development will overlook a renovated savanna area and will include a waterpark and potentially a skyride link to the zoo’s entrance.

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