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Kansas Wildlife Exhibit Gift

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Donation will help fund renovations

An announcement regarding a major donation to help fund improvements to the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday in Central Riverside Park, near the exhibit at Stackman Drive and Nims.

Scheduled attendees include Council Member Janet Miller; former City Council Member Sharon Fearey, and Christin Skaer, of Skaer Veterinary Clinic.

The Kansas Wildlife Exhibit has been a mainstay of Riverside Park since the early 1900s, serving as the city’s zoo until Sedgwick County Zoo opened in 1974 when the exhibit’s focus shifted to native Kansas animals. Among the current housed animals are a bobcat, a skunk, various birds and Chapa the Beaver.

Friends of the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit, in partnership with Wichita Parks Foundation, have formed a committee to address long-term needs of the facility, including identification of funding sources. The new donation will provide seed money for some of that future work.

“We’re pleased with the response of the community, particularly with the eagerness of the Friends of the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit volunteers, as well as the generosity of this donor,” said Brent Thomas, Wichita Parks Foundation President. “Their efforts will go a long way towards ensuring necessary improvements are made and that future generations of Wichitans will be able to enjoy the exhibit.”

To learn more about the Wichita Parks Foundation and the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit, please visit

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