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Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard

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Tanganyika Wildlife Park is located in Goddard, KS, and accredited by the Zoological Association of America. They are the most interactive zoo in kansas and possibly the region with 6 feedings stations, 2 animal rides and 1 other walk-through exhibit. They feature the only interactive Lemur Island in the United States. In addition, Tanganyika is home to one of the largest collections of clouded leopards in the world and the largest collection of snow leopards in the United States. You could go to any zoo and see animals, or come to Tanganyika for A Wildly Different Experience!
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  • I don't think I have ever been to a zoo as wonderful as the Tanganyika Wildlife Park. The place is so clean and so well maintained. The variety of animals is amazing and the number of babies that they...  more »
  • This place is awesome. A good variety of animals, with an amazing ability to get up close, pet and/or feed most of them. Beautiful animal enclosures, well cared for animals, friendly, informative and ...  more »
  • There were six of us, Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, and twin six year olds. Plenty to see, great interactive events with feeding, riding, etc. The facility is very clean, with stroller rental available ...  more »
  • The animals seemed so happy there. They had nice big enclosures, and they actually loved the attention that they got from the hands on activities you can do. I absolutely love animals, and to see them so happy, made me happy. Also the staff are super nice. They were kind to the animals and to the people there. I definitely recommend this place as a nice way to spend the day.
  • This is our family's favorite zoo. We don't even live in Kansas, but have been here probably 5 times. You really can get up close to the animals in a way that is safe and fun for the entire family.
  • I have lived a few blocks away from TWP for the past 12 years and just this past weekend visited for the first time. Have I been missing out! I went with a friend and his kids/grandkids and everybody had a great time. The animals were interesting and appeared to be well cared for. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The ability to touch and feed the animals (it does costs extra to feed, but the cost is fair price) was a terrific experience for everybody. Hard to pick a favorite. I bought a season pass for myself and I will be back! If you live out of town it is well worth the trip! Beware, it can be a little crowded on peak days and times! That said the park is big enough that it can easily handle a lot of people.
  • This place is amazing! The Fouts family actually built their zoo! It has a wonderful personal feeling about it and you can see their love for the preservation of animals.
  • First: my family goes to a lot of zoos. Second: Tanganyika is about twice as expensive as most other zoos we go to. Third: it isn't a big zoo by any means, but I wouldn't say it was tiny, either. What it does offer is excellent animals. They had a number of animals we hadn't seen at other zoos (ones like the honey badgers that my sons love watching nature documentaries about). The animals all seemed healthy, clean and active. The zoo itself was also clean and well maintained. The baby animals were an unexpected surprise. There was only a few herps, and no insect exhibits, which is a shame but to be expected. The staff was courteous and we didn't encounter any of the rudeness others reported. A staff member even stopped to take a picture for us! The encounters are a big differentiation between Tanganyika and other zoos. These were a mixed bag of excellent to uninspired. Feeding the pygmy hippo, giraffes, Lemurs and lorikeets was a ton of fun and worth doing. My son really liked the camel ride. Feeding the tortoises, rabbits and guinea pigs was pretty standard petting zoo stuff, but you get two feedings per encounter credit. They also have quarter machines for feeding Alpacas, goats and Koi, which are very common, but fun for kids. There were also free encounters, such as petting kangaroo and a keeper brought along a hedgehog for us to pet. Almost all animals were on display, but some were so far off you couldn't really see them (gazelles, okapi) while most others you could get much closer than other zoos. We'll have to go again later, as their rhino was new and not ready to be fed yet, but was on display. If you want to save some money, they were fine with us getting a 5 encounter bracelet for our oldest son and just single encounters for the rest of us. It was still about twice what a normal zoo would cost us, but we spent 4 hours and had a great time with some unique experiences, and we plan to go again.