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Kansas City Zoo announces changes to free zoo days

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The Kansas City Zoo announced Wednesday their changes to free zoo days for Jackson and Clay County residents.

The zoo is introducing the "Postcard to Adventure" program for residents of the Zoological District. The residents of Jackson and Clay County support the zoo with a voter-approved tax and receive the free zoo visits as a benefit of the tax.

The program alters the scheduled free days at the zoo and provides more flexibility for residents to visit when it is more convenient. Every household in the two counties will receive three free visit opportunities in 2014.

The "Postcard to Adventure" program allows a range of possible dates to visit and the tickets on the postcard will allow easy access and quick entry into the Zoo.

Each address in the two counties will be randomly sorted into a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday visit. Each ticket is valid during one of three months: July, September and November.

"When discussing the free opportunity options with the community, the 'Postcard to Adventure' method was the most requested. This option allows a family to choose a date and arrange their schedule accordingly. As always, our goal for each and every guest is a safe, fun and memorable Zoo adventure that leads to a closer connection with nature. Adventures at the Zoo are experiences to be shared with all families providing a lifetime of wonderful animal stories," Randy Wisthoff, the zoo's executive director and CEO, said in a news release.

The changes come after multiple occasions where fights broke out on free zoo days. The most recent happened March 18 when someone fired shots and large groups of teens got into fights.

"Each person who arrives at the zoo is going to find a safe and enjoyable environment. We want each person who leaves the zoo to be smiling, laughing and sharing their photos and videos of the Zoo," said Pam Mason, Clay County commissioner and chair of the Zoological Commission. "The Zoo provides an outlet for family togetherness helping to build a better quality of life for all residents. All of us can be proud of the new programs that the Zoo has implemented to increase the Zoo experience."

To gain free admission through this program, residents will be asked to bring their "Postcard to Adventure" FREE VISIT ticket with a current utility bill or photo ID. All family members who reside at that same address will be admitted with the person whose name is on that free ticket. All this information will be printed on the postcard.

The "Postcard to Adventure" will be mailed to residents in Jackson and Clay counties in June. For more information on the program please visit www.kansascityzoo.org/postcardtoadventure.

The Kansas City Zoo is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

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