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Sunset Zoo, Manhattan

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Home to over 200 amazing animals - from anteater to zebu - Manhattan's Sunset Zoo offers an up-close view to some of nature's most fascinating wonders, including tigers, snow leopards, flamingos and a jumping, hooting array of primates! Visitors might even cross paths with one of the vibrant peacocks that roam freely throughout the 26-acre park.
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  • I wen here with my mom to kill a day wondering around checking out the animals. It was a nice too but not a ton of different species. Overall it was fun and we spent the day doing something enjoyable....  more »
  • It has a variety of animals and the facilities for the animals are well planned and constructed. It is nicely landscaped which always adds to my enjoyment.  more »
  • i wouldn't call this a ZOO IM uset to bigger zoo like the one in washington d.c Overall a clean area  more »
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  • I just moved to Manhattan, and being the aspiring connoisseur of zoos that I am I immediately got a membership at the Sunset Zoo. It is only $30 for a year which also gets you into most zoos in the U.S. for free or half price. They also have military discounts. I didn't expect much before going, as it is just Manhattan, KS, but the entrance was new and looked very similar to big city zoos. They have a decent variety of animals including a Cheetah, Tiger, Chimpanzees, etc. Many of the cages/exhibits were on the smaller side, especially the small space for their Cheetah. I did like the way a few exhibits are set up that allow you to walk in to an area where the animals can walk right up to you if they wanted. It is pretty small, you could see the whole zoo in a little over an hour probably, but provides many peaceful sitting areas that you could spend hours relaxing or reading while being surrounded by animals and nature. There is only one concession stand (which is a good thing in my opinion) and it is not nearly as overpriced as big city zoos. Overall, it can't compete with big city zoos purely because of the small size of Manhattan, but for residents of Manhattan I strongly suggest becoming a member because outside of K State events (there aren't many in the summer) this is one of the best attractions in town.
  • When we visited, they were gearing up for some significant renovations which may deter some visitors. We had a chance to speak with a person we assumed to be the director based on some other parts of the conversation. Having been to some of the other zoo's he had worked at, we were impressed and encouraged with the condition of this zoo. The animals seemed to have plenty of room given what the zoo had to work with and they didn't seem to be stressed. The day we visited was extremely cold but even so there were plenty of aminals in the exhibits. We will be keeping this in mind the next time we are back in town. We look forward to returning after the renovations as some of them were directed at making the zoo easier to get through.
  • Visiting the Sunset Zoo was a very enjoyable experience for my family something I would recommend to anybody looking for something fun to do in Manhattan. We have membership at the Sedgwick Co Zoo (Wichita), so Sunset give us a 50% discount. Even without that it's an affordable place. There is a good diversity of animals. The cats: tigers, leopard, cheetahs, and bobcats were a big hit with our kids. The animals have good size, extremely clean enclosures and there were a few walk-through enclosures where you can get up close - such as the Emus. Uniquely, the zoo has paved trails rather than wide roads. The shady trails with beautiful vistas (especially from the Asian area) give the impression of being on a hike. We chatted awhile with a keeper and she was very friendly and knowledgeable. This zoo really impressed!
  • Awesome place to take your family. The employees are friendly and the animals are amazing. The jaguar was my favorite!
  • Such a great city zoo. It is cheap to get in and they have some very amazing animals to see. All the animals are very well taken care. Love it there. Should be on everyone's Manhattan bucket list.
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