Aug 28

Rolling Hills Zoo: “2” Good to be True

Mountain LionRolling Hills Zoo is a wonderful little zoo located in what would seem an unlikely place Salina Kansas, but thank God that it is there because it is a long flat trip from Kansas City to Denver.  Karen and I saw billboards for the Rolling Hills Zoo on I70 and they caught our eye and thought it would be worth a stop and we were not disappointed.Baby GatorWhat started out as a horse ranch for Salina businessman Charlie Walker has turned into a 60 acre zoo with more than 300 animals from over 100 different species.  Karen and I were quite impressed with the variety and types of animals that we got to see at the Rolling Hills Zoo.  Some of the highlights for us were their Amur Leopards, black bear, lion, giraffes, chimpanzee, rhinos, and a very happy and active aardvark.  Another thing that we liked about the Rolling Hills Zoo was the size and design of the exhibits.  We have been to several smaller privately run zoos and most of the exhibits are usually bar cages and a little on the cramped size.  At this zoo it really felt that they put in a lot of effort to make the best environments for their animals.GiraffesWe really enjoyed the day that we visited we got there as soon as they opened and had the whole place basically to ourselves.  The staff was very friendly and informative and they even had a lion skin near their lion exhibit.  It was pretty neat for our young daughter to get the experience of touching a skinned lion not that she will remember it but we got a good photo op.  The only thing that could have been better for our particular visit was for the rhinos to be out in their yard instead of their barn, but they were working on it so that is understandable.Face to FaceThe zoo itself is worth seeing but what really makes the Rolling Hills Zoo worthwhile is their 64,000 square foot natural history museum that is attached to it.  Here they have hundreds of stuffed animals from around the world including a variety of rare species.  The animals are displayed in ways to show off their natural instincts like zebras being attacked by hyenas or a scene of an African waterhole.  They also have animatronic human robots to help narrate the stories of the animals that surround them.Amur LeopardsFor being in the middle of Kansas our expectations for the Rolling Hills Zoo was not very high, but our minds were quickly changed.  It was a great place to break up our long drive across Kansas and I am sure at some point in the future when we are making that drive again we will definitely take advantage of this place and to help give us a break from the road.

To see our reviews of other zoos we have visited click hereNatural History MuseumRolling Hills Zoo
Located at 625 N. Hedville Road, Salina, KS
Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except they open an hour early during the summer months and close an hour early during the winter months closed Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting Adults 13 and Over $12.50 Seniors 65 and Up $11.50 Children 3 to 12 $6.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.rollinghillswildlife.com/Orange Butterfly on Orange Flower

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