Before I left Kansas in 2014, an El Dorado friend and I met up in Emporia and spent the afternoon at the David Traylor Zoo. Emporia is midway between El Dorado and Lawrence, where I was living at the time.
The David Traylor Zoo is a small zoo located in Emporia, Kansas, Admission to the zoo is free. You can walk through the zoo to view the naturalized exhibits. The zoo is located in Soden’s Grove Park, which includes a small train that operates in the summer, the historical Marsh Arch Bridge, and an All Veterans Memorial….[it] is one of the smallest zoos in the United States that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It features naturalized exhibits of native and exotic birds and animals, and is noted for its extensive landscaping. Wikipedia