Lions are unpredictable creatures, which is why you should never approach them in the wild or depend on them to babysit your pet gazelle. Have a brush with the animal kingdom with this Groupon.
$39 for a Family Membership Package (Up to $91 Value)
- A family zoo membership (a $40 value)
- A behind-the-scenes zoo tour (a $30 value)
- Four single-ride train passes on the Prairie Thunder Railroad (up to a $1.50 value each)
- $15 in Zoo Bucks
For the behind-the-scenes zoo tour, families choose between an otter tour and a rehabilitation-center tour. On the otter tour, visitors meet the zoo’s resident otters, Kyra and Willie, and feed them fish. On the tour of the Cargill WildCare Rehabilitation Center, visitors learn about the challenges and rewards of rehabilitating wildlife and possibly witness animals going through the rehabilitation process themselves. Tours depart on Tuesday and Saturday anytime between 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., and must be scheduled in advance. Zoo Bucks are valid toward items such as stuffed animals ($5.99–$13.99), zoo apparel ($9.99¬–$32), and animal jewelry ($2.99–$8.99).
Nine acres of natural habitats make up the Hutchinson Zoo, a place that nearly 160 animals—most of which are native to Kansas—call home. The zoo’s many exhibits feature local reptiles, birds, and mammals, a fossil pit where kids can dig for dinosaur bones, and the Wild Habitats Building that houses animals from afar, such as gila monsters, and mexican red-knee tarantulas. In the barrier-free aviary, visitors watch native Kansas birds flying untethered overhead while in the wetlands below, North American beavers swim in their custom habitat. To keep the area's wildlife populations strong, the zoo's Cargill WildCare Center rehabilitates approximately 500 injured or orphaned Kansas-native animals each year.