Sedgwick County Zoo’s elephant habitat nominated for top 10 award


The Sedgwick County Zoo’s latest elephant exhibit has been nominated for the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Zoo Exhibit.

The Reed Family Elephants debuted the Zambezi River Valley Habitat in May 2016. It is third largest elephant exhibit in the United States, covering more than five acres. The African elephants have access to both indoor and outdoor spaces, including a 550,000-gallon pool, while visitors can observe these gentle giants from the comfort of a covered pavilion. The new exhibit cost $10.6 million.

The exhibit is competing with the likes of the California Trail of the Oakland Zoo, Sanctuary Asia at Oklahoma City Zoo, and the African Savanna in the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.

The Zoo is asking the public to vote in favor of the Zambezi River Valley Exhibit and the Reed Family Elephants. You can find that site by clicking here and clicking “Vote” in the large blue banner beneath a photograph of the elephants. You can vote up to once per day.

Voting ends at 10:59 p.m. on April 22.

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