David Traylor Zoo of Emporia Closed Until Further Notice

The David Traylor Zoo of Emporia has made the decision to close its doors to guests until further notice due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). All scheduled events and programs have also been cancelled.

“Our primary obligation is to provide the very best care for our animals,” shared Lisa Keith, Zoo Director. “That requires a professional staff who are healthy and able to work. By closing to the public we are reducing the risk of exposure to our staff members.”

While gates will be closed to the public, the staff will continue to work onsite to provide care to the nearly 200 animals that call the Zoo home, as well as maintaining the Zoo’s infrastructure and work on areas and projects that are harder to accomplish with guests in the area. They will also be performing a very deep cleaning of the Zoo to get ready to welcome guests when the Zoo is able to re-open.

As a tourist attraction, we are sending a very strong signal that as leaders in the care of wildlife species and public education, we are doing what is best for them, for our employees and volunteers, and for our community for which we serve.

If you have questions, please call our office at 620-341-4365


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 Hours of operation 




10am - 4:30pm Sunday - Saturday



 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day) 


EFOZ Education Center Classroom:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday     1 - 4pm




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If you require accommodations due to a disability to participate in any event, meeting or activity, or require an alternative format of oral or written materials, contact City of Emporia Community Services Officer/ADA Coordinator at least 48hours prior to need at  620-343-4285.  Every attempt will be made to provide a reasonable accommodation.