Topeka Zoo

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June 06, 2019 - 7:13 pm
The Topeka zoo says a tiger attacked a zookeeper after protocols for handling potentially dangerous animals were not followed. The zoo released a lengthy report Thursday detailing its internal review of the April 20 attack, when zookeeper Kristen Hayden-Ortega was seriously injured by a 7-year-old...
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June 04, 2019 - 5:43 am
The Topeka Zoo's director says city officials should discuss turning its operations over to a private, nonprofit group. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Director Brendan Riley says having Friends of the Topeka Zoo oversee operations would allow the zoo to grow without risking higher property...
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May 25, 2019 - 9:43 am
Tiger and lion pelts seized from wildlife traffickers have been donated to zoos in Topeka and Wichita. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Friday that his office donated pelts that were seized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during investigations of a black market for hides and other parts...
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May 01, 2019 - 5:02 am
Two weeks after being attacked by a tiger at the Topeka Zoo, zookeeper Kristyn Hayden-Ortega has been released from the hospital and is continuing her recovery in a rehab facility according to zoo director Brendan Wiley. Hayden-Ortega suffered scratches and punctures to her head, neck, back, and...
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April 22, 2019 - 5:47 am
The director of the Topeka Zoo says a zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger remains in intensive care but her prognosis for recovery is good. The zookeeper was attacked Saturday while in the outdoor tiger habitat of Sanjiv, a 7-year-old male tiger. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports zoo...
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April 20, 2019 - 11:17 am
A zoo keeper was injured at the Topeka Zoo earlier Saturday morning after being attacked by a tiger. Topeka Police responded to the zoo just after 9:30 a.m. Authorities say the individual, whose name has not been released, is in critical condition. The zoo was re-opened after a 45 minute closure...
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DREAMSTIME
October 20, 2018 - 8:52 pm
Topeka Zoo officials have revealed that of the four rare Sumatran tiger cubs born there earlier this week, three are male and one is female. Zoo officials said that the tiger cubs will soon be named. Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the female's name will be decided by zoo staff, docents, interns...
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DREAMSTIME
September 01, 2018 - 10:13 pm
Visitors to the Topeka Zoo's newest exhibit can now experience what it's like to go on a safari. Camp Cowabunga opened Friday to the public. The exhibit is based on zoo director emeritus Gary Clarke's experiences leading safaris. The entrance features a mixed species animal exhibit with patas...
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June 16, 2018 - 9:19 am
Even 60-year-old elephants can have trouble with their molars. It took more than a week of planning at the Topeka Zoo to help Cora deal with two molars that hadn't chipped off naturally, which was causing sores in Cora's mouth. A 30-minute procedure on Friday by veterinary dentist Douglas Winter,...
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March 19, 2018 - 4:46 am
Topeka Zoo officials say two of their giraffes are pregnant. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that zoo director Brendan Wiley announced Friday that both of the zoo's giraffes, named Hope and Abi, are expecting calves sometime between May and June. The gestation period is about 15 months, but the...
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