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

Open 9 AM - 5 PM  daily
except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day
Open until 8 PM on Thursdays in June & July

Adults: $9.75     Over 64: $9.75     Children 3-12: $8.25

Topeka Zoo Map

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Topeka Zoological Park - Topeka, Kansas
Topeka Zoological Park
Topeka Zoological Park - Topeka, Kansas

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 mammals. 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 there has been more criticism since the death of an elephant in 2018.

The most recent additions to the Topeka Zoo include the Kansas Carnivores exhibit with mountain lions & North American river otters, which was completed in 2009, Schendel Bug Zoo, which opened in 2013, Camp Cowabunga which opened in 2018 and the Kay McFarland Japanese Garden which opened in 2020.

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

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
The giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) are one of the most popular exhibits in the Topeka, Zoo

Giraffe & Friends exhibit - Topeka, Zoo
New Giraffe & Friends with indoor and outdoor exhibit of reticulated giraffes, lesser kudu, ostrich,
grey crowned crane, and Thomsonís gazelle

Sumatran Tiger - Topeka Zoo
Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) cubs born October 15, 2018

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

Camp Cowabunga - Topeka Zoo
Camp Cowabunga is the interactive African area which opened in 2018.

Schendel Bug Zoo - Topeka, Zoo
Schendel Bug Zoo opened in 2013

Kay McFarland Japanese Garden - Topeka Zoo
Kay McFarland Japanese Garden

Zoo Lights - Topeka, Zoo
Zoo Lights at Christmas time

Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops - Dinosaurs Alive!
Dinosaurs Alive! was a special event in 2022

Topeka Zoo Grouonds Map - Topeka, Kansas
Topeka Zoo Grounds Map in 2023

Topeka Zoo Map - Topeka, Kansas
Topeka Zoo Map

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