Sedgwick County Zoo was established by the volunteer efforts of civic-minded citizens who formed the Sedgwick County Zoological Society in 1963, many years before the Zoo would take shape. When the American and Asian farms opened as the only exhibits in 1971, families were pleased, but they had little idea of the great things that were in store. Now gorillas, penguins and tigers inspire more than 500,000 guests annually. Enjoy our array of exhibits year-round! The Zoo is open 364 days a year.