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David Traylor Zoo of Emporia, Emporia

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The David Traylor Zoo is a small zoo located in Emporia, Kansas, United States. Admission to the zoo is free. You can walk through the zoo to view the naturalized exhibits. The zoo is located in Soden's Grove Park, which includes a small train that operates in the summer, the historical Marsh Arch Bridge, and an All Veterans Memorial.OverviewThe David Traylor Zoo is one of the smallest zoos in the United States that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It features naturalized exhibits of native and exotic birds and animals, and is noted for its extensive landscaping.The Emporia Friends of the Zoo was founded in 1978, and provides financial support for expansion, development, and maintenance at the zoo. Funding for the Friends is primarily through membership and contributions.Animals at the zoo include ducks, prairie dogs, vultures, bison, deer, red foxes, cougars, and cotton-top tamarins.During the year, the zoo has various events including an annual Open House (the fourth Sunday in June), Boo in the Zoo at Halloween and Zoo Lights during the winter holiday season.
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  • We chanced upon this zoo by a suggestion at the William Allen White House. It is easy to find, free, and has a great collection of animals in a nicely landscaped setting. The enclosures were all very ...  more »
  • Visiting the David Traylor Zoo is an intimate experience. It is small, which allows one to get really close to the animals. It is a great place for very young children because of the size and the layo...  more »
  • This zoo is a treat. the grounds are charming and well-kept. The animals are obviously loved and well tended. Great way to "bide a while" in the open air. Lovely.  more »
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  • One of our favorite zoos. Small and intimate. You can get closer and experience the animals more here than most larger zoos. The floor here is just as much of an attraction as the fauna.
  • This soon as many standout qualities. One is that it has free admission. The other is at the landscaping and potted plants are absolutely stunning. For the animals and the exhibits, the zoo is expanding. It recently added a Madagascar exhibit, which is pretty cute. They have foxes, different birds, a mountain lion, two bald eagles, and the groundhog exhibit, which is my spouse and my kiddos favorite. I think that it's a great Zoo, especially for a town the size of Emporia. They also have a zoo docent that offers educational experiences and party opportunities.
  • Love how clean and beautiful the landscape and enclosures are. The staff was spending time, tending to each individual critter and truly seemed to care.
  • This is a nice free zoo. The animals are fun for the little ones. This zoo also has the best flowers and plant arrangements all over the zoo.
  • Small zoo which has is free to enter. I would recommend making a donation on your way out. Plenty of animals for the family to enjoy. Remember this is only a small zoo so don't expect to make a day of it. More of something to spend an hour. However very good.

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