Zoo

Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
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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Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
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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August 17, 2018 - 6:08 pm
The Kansas City Zoo has a special rhino that's kept hidden from the public. An eastern black rhinoceros named Imara spends all day inside a barn or a small shaded pen because of a skin condition that makes it dangerous to be in the sun. Kirk Suedmeyer is the zoo's head veterinarian. He says Imara...
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July 20, 2018 - 5:56 pm
A zoo in Kansas will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a touch of Africa far from the continent. The Topeka Zoo on Friday announced the Camp Cowabunga grand opening will be Aug. 31. Spokeswoman Megan Burns says Camp Cowabunga, billed as "Bringing the Heart of Africa to the Heart of Topeka," is...
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May 03, 2018 - 5:46 pm
Topeka Zoo officials say an American black bear, 23, died after an eye condition rapidly deteriorated. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the bear, called Sneak, possibly poked herself in the eye while playing with a stick on Monday. Topeka spokesman Molly Hadfield says injury quickly grew worse...
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