When was the last time you stood within two feet of a massive tiger (viewed through ultra-thick glass), watched prairie dogs carve new burrows in sandy soil or walked through an African village and market on the way to a giraffe enclosure? At the Sedgwick County Zoo you’ll also see tree-tall bamboo along paths leading to primate habitat. Wichita’s spacious zoo opened in the early ’70s, with many new exhibits created since its inception, including a Herpetarium as well as South American Pampas and Australian Outback exhibits. In recent years, the Cessna Penguin Cove and the Slawson Family Tiger Trek have become visitor favorites. Opened in 2016, the zoo’s newest exhibit, Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley, is the third largest elephant habitat in the country. Visitors are welcome 364 days a year.