Construction Progress

Construction of Expedition Asia, new exhibits for Amur Leopards, Sloth Bears, and Mayalan Tigers began in October of 2020 and will continue at Sunset Zoo through October 2021. Throughout this process, you will begin to see our Zoo transform into providing state-of-the-art living areas for these amazing animals as well as provide some added features for our guests and members. 

Beyond incredible up-close exhibits for these animals, the project will feature an Overlook Viewing Deck as well as make this area of the Zoo completely ADA accessible for all of our guests and members. 

We along with our construction partners KBS Constructors will provide you a brief update on this page of the progress of the project. 

July - Further construction of the cement holding buildings was done on all animal areas. These areas are built completely out of cement for safety but will also be temperature controlled for the animals. Each area will holding area will have a birthing area for mothers and cubs.  

August - Roof structures are beginning to take shape on all exhibits. Poles for netting are being placed with help from the Green Team of Evergy as part of our continued conservation partnerships with them and KBS. 

September - Pathways of the walkways will begin to appear as well as some landscaping is slated to begin. 

Below are a few photos of the beginning stages of the process from fall 2020 to summer 2021. We will continue to update this page as we can with the progression of the project. 

During our current construction phase, the entire lower tier of the Zoo is closed to the public for safety reasons. We appreciate your patience as we improve Sunset Zoo. Click here to see a map of closed areas of the zoo and COVID-19 guidelines during this time at Sunset Zoo. 
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