Topeka Zoo

  635 Gage Boulevard
Topeka, Kansas 66606
(785) 368-9180

Open 9 AM - 5 PM  daily
except Christmas & New Years Day

Adults: $5.75     Over 64: $4.75     Children 3-12: $4.25

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Topeka Zoological Park - Topeka, Kansas
Topeka, Kansas
The first of three Water Bird Lagoons in the Topeka Zoological Park

The Topeka Zoological Park in Topeka, Kansas is located south of I-70 in Gage Park at Gage & 6th Street. The best known feature of the Topeka Zoo is the tropical rain forest which was impressive when it was built in 1974. The zoo devotes most of its exhibits to larger species of animals, though typically there are only one or two members of the species on exhibit. The medium sized zoo is well laid out, and the animals are in large attractive enclosures. 

There have been significant problems with the Topeka Zoo's accreditation over the years, starting when 2 orangutans died and a lion had to be euthanized, but the zoo regained accreditation in 2003. There have continued to be concerns about the zoo in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In August 2012, the zoo was cited for violation of the Animal Welfare Act in its care of the elephants and in 2013 the city of Topeka agreed to pay $45,000 in fines to settle a 2011 complaint by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Things appear to be looking up. During the 2016 inspection there was only one small violation. In July 2017, Animal Planet aired a segment on tigers featuring Topeka Zoo.

The most recent additions to the Topeka Zoo include Black Bear Woods which was established in 1996 and the Kansas Carnivores exhibit with mountain lions & North American river otters, which was completed in 2009. A new "Camp Cowabunga" is scheduled to open in 2018.

Animaland is a free children's play area with a narrow gage train, across from the entrance to the Topeka Zoo.

Though some visitors will spend much longer, the Topeka Zoo can be visited in a little over an hour.

mountain lion - Topeka, Kansas
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor)

Black Bear - Topeka, Zoo
American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

Wood Duck - Topeka Zoo
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa)

Tropical Rain Forest - Topeka Zoo
Tropical Rain Forest

Hippopotamus - Topeka, Kansas
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Giraffes at Topeka Zoo
Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) Dolly and Desha - Desha was born September 4, 2005 (photo taken December 29, 2005)

Washing a Topeka Zoo elephant.
Washing an elephant indoors on a cool winter day - the Topeka Zoo has one Indian Elephant and one African Elephant

Sumatran Tiger - Topeka Zoo
Ginger the Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

Lion's Pride - Topeka Zoo
Lion (Panthera leo) - the Lion's Pride exhibit originally opened in 1989

Bornean orangutan - Topeka Zoo
Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)

Topeka Zoo Map - Topeka, Kansas
Topeka Zoo Map

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