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February 04, 2020 - 8:49 am
The Kansas City Zoo says all animals are “safe and accounted for" after a fire in a building that houses bat-eared foxes, meerkats and other small African animals when they aren't in their outdoor enclosures. Zoo spokeswoman Sarah Gay said the zoo's security team was notified around 3:20 a.m...
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December 10, 2019 - 8:36 pm
The Kansas City Zoo says its staff is raising eight fluffy macaroni penguin chicks. It is the first time the zoo has had that species of penguin in its 110-year history. Their eggs were flown in from SeaWorld San Diego and hatched in incubators at their new home. Zoo officials said employees are...
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October 29, 2019 - 8:17 pm
Topeka Zoo officials say a Malayan sun bear, 30, was euthanized after suffering from several age-related medical conditions. The female bear, called Cup Cake, was euthanized Monday. She and a bear called Ho Ho came to the zoo in 2017 after their exhibit at a previous zoo was closed for construction...
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May 10, 2019 - 8:05 pm
A state report says that safety doors in a Sumatran tiger's enclosure at a Kansas zoo were left unlocked before the animal attacked and injured a veteran zookeeper. The report released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor agreed with the Topeka Zoo's assessment that no equipment failure or...
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April 23, 2019 - 10:21 pm
Officials are investigating animal handling protocols after a Sumatran tiger attacked and seriously injured a Kansas zookeeper as she was cleaning the animal's enclosure. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says problems with the enclosure aren't to blame for Saturday's attack of Kristyn Hayden-...
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January 27, 2019 - 10:26 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo's names for three baby otters have fans joining the light side, including one well-known "Star Wars" alumnus. The Kansas City Star reports that the Asian small-clawed otter triplets born last October have been dubbed Han, Luke and Leia. The otters were...
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October 16, 2018 - 7:05 pm
Hundreds of people watched as streaming webcams captured a Sumatran tiger giving birth to four cubs in Topeka. Their 8-year-old mother, named Jingga, immediately began nursing and caring for the cubs after their births early Monday. This is Jingga's second set of cubs and 400 to 600 people watched...
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September 19, 2018 - 8:10 pm
The zoo in Emporia is getting closer to raising enough money for a major update that will include adding and renovating several exhibits. The Emporia Gazette reports that $3.6 million already has been raised for the $4.3 million project. Once the campaign hits $4 million, the Capitol Federal...
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September 12, 2018 - 6:07 pm
Topeka Zoo officials say an elephant was euthanized after she couldn't get up for the second time this week. Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield says the elephant, Sunda, 58, was euthanized Wednesday morning because of her deteriorating health and quality of life. Sunda lived at the zoo for 52 years...
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August 21, 2018 - 7:01 pm
The newest giraffe at the Topeka Zoo is a girl named Elizabeth. The zoo says an 8-year-old giraffe named Hope, 8, gave birth early Tuesday after about an hour of labor. The giraffe's father is named Sarge. Zoo director Brendan Wiley said the new calf and her mother likely will remain inside on...
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