Wild Lights at the Sedgwick County Zoo


The latest attraction at Sedgwick County Zoo starts Friday, Oct. 1 called Wild Lights.

From Oct. 1 to Dec. 5, you can take a stroll through the zoo to look at the one-of-a-kind Asian Lantern sculptures that are scattered throughout the zoo’s property. The exhibit, best viewed when the sun goes down, runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday.

Once inside, you can walk around most of the zoo and go down a path illuminated by larger-than-life sculptures of all the animals and flowers. The path starts at the entrance of the zoo and takes you to the penguin cove area, around to the amphibians and reptiles, towards the back to North America and the Asian Big Cat Trek, and continues to wrap around close to the gorilla forest, then back down to the Nganda Village and the elephants, on down to Australia and South America, where it leads you back to where it started.

The Asian lanterns were incredibly cool. The sculptures were created by wire frames and covered with a translucent fabric. Here’s a sneak peek at some of them.

And here’s a quick 42-second video put together by our video team also known as iMovie.

Walking through all the exhibits took roughly an hour. Our daughter had a great time looking at the animals, calling them by name and trying to mimic the sounds each animal makes.

And if you get hungry, The Beastro is open. They even have a Wild Lights special menu that features items like chicken yakitori, egg rolls, pot stickers and a tempura mix.

Wild Lights is a ticketed event. You can purchase your tickets online or at the box office. They run anywhere between $15-17 a person, with discounts available when buying in a family four-pack.

As I said earlier, this exhibit is best viewed when the sun goes down. We were there when the sun was up, but everything was so much better around 7:45 p.m.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is located at 5555 W Zoo Blvd. For more information on the exhibit, visit their webpage or Facebook.


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