Zoo provides virtual connection for kids

Jennifer Stultz
Bactrian Camels from the Gobi Desert, Asia, are just two examples of many mammals that live and thrive at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City. Online information about the more than 300 animals that live at the Kansas zoo are available online, along with virtual learning content, at www.leerichardsonzoo.org.

For those tired of looking at the same walls and people during the suggested COVID-19 quarantine and for those who enjoy learning about animals from other countries, Kristi Newland, Zoo Director, and Max Lakes, Deputy Director at Lee Richardson Zoo announced last week that the Garden City, Kansas zoo is offering virtual content. This website upgrade allows viewers to learn more about and stay in touch with their favorite zoo residents.

Content is already available on the zoo’s Facebook page and website. Production of more material is underway with additional offerings available later this week, and each week following while the zoo campus is temporarily closed.

Staff efforts will result in new programs each week available through a variety of platforms.

Conservation/Nature Activities/Crafts at Home will be available on the zoo’s Facebook page and website. The zoo will also share Animal Highlight videos sharing animal birthdays and other happenings as they occur. Staff are also working on Keeper Chat presentations and other ideas to distribute.

“We’re also announcing new Zoo Pals program,” said Newland. “Fans may submit a letter to their favorite zoo animal pal by mail to Lee Richardson Zoo – Zoo Pals, 312 Finnup Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, or by email to zoo.education@gardencityks.us,” Newland said. “Staff will read and answer the letter with some responses being shared on social media.”

For more information about the program, contact zoo officials at Kristi.newland@gardencityks.us, or Max Lakes, Deputy Director, at Max.lakes@gardencityks.us, or 620-276-1250.

Or go online to www.leerichardsonzoo.org and get started learning about the animals that reside at the Garden City establishment.