Sedgwick County Zoo reveals official name of new elephant exhibit

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Zoo has announced the official name of the new elephant exhibit.

The exhibit will be dedicated as The Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley, in honor of our executive director, Mark C. Reed and his family.

“Mark has poured his passion and his dedication into your Sedgwick County Zoo,” says Mark DeVries, President of the Sedgwick County Zoological Society Board of Trustees. “This is his home, and as a third-generation alum from Kansas State University, his roots are in Kansas. What a fitting tribute to give elephants at Sedgwick County Zoo a home in his name.”

The elephant exhibit officially opens on May 27, 2016. The zoo would like to recognize the following donors for their support and contributions to make this new elephant habitat possible. Leading benefactors include the citizens of Sedgwick County; Spirit AeroSystems; Ernest G. and Ellen E. Briggs Estate; and The Downing Foundation.


Mark Reed has spent more than 40 years in the zoological field. He has led the zoo through significant expansions and new exhibits including the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat, Junior League of Wichita, Inc.’s Pride of the Plains, Oliver Zoo Animal Hospital, The Downing Gorilla Forest, Cessna Penguin Cove, and Slawson Family Tiger Trek. These exhibits received international attention for their natural environments for the animals and enhanced interaction with visitors.

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