The Kansas City Zoo’s first free day of the year is on Tuesday.

Residents of Jackson and Clay counties only need to show a photo ID to get in free. Residents of those two counties pay a one-eighth cent sales to support the zoo. Normally, those residents can get in for a reduced price.

The zoo, which is in Swope Park, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two polar bears – Nikita and Berlin – as well as the penguin exhibit that opened in late 2013 have drawn thousands of visitors.

This year’s other free admission days – all Tuesdays – are June 24, July 15 and Aug. 5.

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– Jeff Fox