Zoo accepting some tropical-plant donations

Got plants?

The Sedgwick County Zoo may want them. The zoo will be collecting outdoor plants that you don’t have room for inside this winter.

The zoo is collecting tropical plants that can’t handle cooler temperatures as well as perennials in containers of 12 inches or larger.

Plants may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 20 in the zoo administration parking lot. A news release said the zoo will take as many plants as it can but may not be able to take all donations.

The zoo does not need annuals such as petunias, impatiens, pansies and marigolds, and it will take cacti and succulents on a case-by-case basis.

The zoo will pick up plants too big to be dropped off. People may call Pete Logsdon, the zoo’s tropical horticulturalist, at 316-266-8313 to schedule a donation.

Donated plants will be used in the jungle, the Downing Gorilla Forest and the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat. Ficus and hibiscus trees may be used for perching birds who spend the winter in holding barns.