The Tanganyika Wildlife Foundation

The Tanganyika Wildlife Foundation is a 501(c)(3) with the purpose of supporting exotic and endangered animal conservation and education efforts locally (via Tanganyika Wildlife Park) and around the world.

Foundation History

The History of Tanganyika

The Tanganyika Wildlife Foundation (TWF), founded by Jim and Sherri Fouts, initially aimed to raise awareness about rare and endangered species. In 2006, they expanded to create Tanganyika Wildlife Park, necessitating a for-profit entity for financing. Since opening in 2008, TWF has hosted events like “Pickin’ for Penguins” and “Rockin’ for Rhinos” concerts, along with charity dinners featuring Jack Hanna to support animal welfare and conservation efforts.

How to Get Involved

Support Our Foundation

Caring for our animals during the winter, when the park is closed, is our biggest annual financial challenge, costing nearly $600,000. This figure increased significantly in 2011 when we adopted a big cat collection from a flood-damaged zoo, including endangered species like lions, Amur leopards, Bengal tigers, and Amur tigers. To support these additions and our existing animals, we established the Tanganyika Winter Fund, relying on community donations and fundraising events. This ensures the well-being of all our animals and advances our mission of preserving endangered species for future generations.

Zookeeper Supply List

Taking care of over 500 animals can be a tough job but our amazing keepers rise to the occasion every day.

You can help by bringing needed supplies on your next visit!

Become a Part of Our Legacy

We’re honored that you’d consider us for any financial contribution that fits your needs and hopes for our foundation. As such, we have some creative ways to help you expand your legacy by joining in ours.


Tanganyika Wildlife Park, accredited by the Zoological Association of America, is committed to animal stewardship both in captivity and in the wild. Since opening to the public in 2008, the park’s primary focus has been on conservation. It houses rare and endangered species, offering guests interactive and educational experiences to foster stewardship. Dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world, it aims to be a leading center for breeding endangered species.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is renowned for its successful breeding program for big cats, aiming at species conservation. Before the 2016 cheetah litter—the first in Kansas—eight cat species were bred at the Park, including clouded leopards, lynx, snow leopards, caracals, Bengal tigers, jaguars, Amur leopards, and servals. Additionally, the park offers visitors the chance to observe unique species, interact with endangered animals, and appreciate the stunning natural environment.

In-Situ Projects We Support

Corporate Sponsorships

Tanganyika Wildlife Park passionately believes it has a responsibility to be stewards for animals in their care and the wild, so we strive to strengthen the connection between people and the natural world by providing REAL experiences that are entertaining and educational, and we welcome corporate sponsorships for exhibits, events, structures, landscaping, signage and more.

Planned Giving

There are plenty of advantages to making a gift to Tanganyika Wildlife Park in your will, trust or other gift plan. Tax savings are one benefit, as well as helping to support the perseveration and protection of wild and endangered species, both in our care and around the world.

Bequests and memorials to Tanganyika Wildlife Park honor the life of someone whose passion for wildlife will live on through our efforts to preserve and protect wild and endangered species. We are grateful and honored to be considered for such gifts.

Children’s Zoo Expansion

Tanganyika Wildlife Park believes that we as humans have the responsibility of being stewards for the earth’s rare and endangered species. To fulfill our mission, we have to have a significant impact in the lives of people by providing REAL experiences that are entertaining and educational. For our first major expansion, we want to focus on the future: Our children. Our new children’s zoo will feature more than 20 new exhibits and 14 interactive and immersive experiences to ensure we can touch the hearts of children, and adults.