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GARDEN CITY — For those tired of looking at the same walls and people during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, members of the Lee Richardson Zoo are here to help.


Kristi Newland, zoo director, and Max Lakes, deputy director, announced recently that the Garden City zoo is offering virtual content. This website upgrade allows viewers to learn more about and stay in touch with their favorite zoo residents.


Content is available on the zoo’s Facebook page and website. Production of more material is underway with additional offerings each week while the zoo campus is temporarily closed.


Staff efforts will result in new programs each week available through a variety of platforms.


Conservation/Nature Activities/Crafts at Home will be available on the zoo’s Facebook page and website. The zoo will also share Animal Highlight videos sharing animal birthdays and other happenings as they occur. Staff members are also working on Keeper Chat presentations and other ideas to distribute.


“We’re also announcing new Zoo Pals program,” Newland said. “Fans may submit a letter to their favorite zoo animal pal by mail to Lee Richardson Zoo — Zoo Pals, 312 Finnup Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, or by email to zoo.education@gardencityks.us,” Newland said. “Staff will read and answer the letter with some responses being shared on social media.”


Or go online to www.leerichardsonzoo.org and get started learning about the animals that reside at the Garden City establishment.