Kansas City Zoo announces ribbon cutting for new aquarium

A look inside the Sobela Ocean Aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo.
A look inside the Sobela Ocean Aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo.(Joe Hennessy, KCTV5)
Published: Aug. 22, 2023 at 1:51 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The city’s newest attraction sends out the official invitations for it’s ribbon cutting.

The Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium will open its doors to the new Sobela Ocean Aquarium on September 1. A ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place at 8:15 a.m. that day.

A number of Friends of the Zoo members and their families will attend the ceremony and be some of the first people inside the 650,000-gallon aquarium. Members of the public will be allowed inside starting around 9:30 a.m.

Entry to the aquarium is included with the price of zoo admission. Due to the anticipated crowds, visitors who plan on going to the aquarium between Sept. 1 and Sept. 15 must reserve additional, free, aquarium tickets for a specific date and time. Reservations can be made at kansascityzoo.org.

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The zoo plans to make tickets for additional dates available on Sept. 6.

The aquarium will feature six zones, and 34 exhibits, and will be open year-round. The facility with 8,000 animals tells the story of how ocean currents connect animals across the globe.

The sea life will include otters, a sea turtle, sharks and a giant Pacific octopus.

The total cost of the aquarium project is $77 million, with $45 million coming from the Zoological District and $32 million from private donations, according to officials.