It depends on the animal and how safe it would be for the animal care staff. With some of our more dangerous animals like the tiger, chimpanzees, or hyenas, animal care staff will never go into exhibit while animal is present and free roaming the exhibit. All animal exhibits include several spaces where animal care staff can care for the animals in a safe and secure space completely separate from the animal. These exhibits allow staff to shift the animals between several spaces so keepers can go into the space to clean or work on the exhibit. There are some animals where keepers can occupy the same space safely, such as the flamingos and prairie dogs.
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No, Sunset Zoo cannot assist with removing wild, hurt, or abandoned animals. If you live within Manhattan, KS limits contact Manhattan's Animal Control at RCPD by calling 785-537-2112, and press 0 for dispatch. For help with an injured animal, call Kansas State University Veterinary School at 785-532-5690.
With any animal we want to make sure we are able to provide the highest level of care. When making a decision to exhibit a species, the resources must be available to build an exhibit that reflects the animal’s wild habitat, as well having staff to properly care for the new animals. The zoo currently only uses about half of the land it has available and is always exploring ways to expand.
Many AZA zoos and aquariums have multi-species habitats that house different species that would naturally co-exist in the wild. The maned wolf and giant anteater could be found living in the same area and are not natural predators of one another. At Sunset Zoo, our animals are perfectly happy living alongside one another.