• Closing Early for Prep

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    On September 23rd, the Zoo will be closing at 12 PM for Zoobilee Prep. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for you patience.
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  • Zoobilee

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    Walk on a golden beach and dance a long with fire dancers as we celebrate the Zoo's signature gala, Zoobilee. This Tropical Affair will feature live entertainment, Hawaiian cuisine and desserts, behind-the-scenes animal experiences, tropical drinks, and much more.
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  • Construction

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    There may be a few animals that are not able to be viewed but it is a sign of great things to come for Topeka! Join us as we embark on a new beginning. Construction on Camp Cowabunga is officially underway! Camp Cowabunga – a safari sojourn in our own backyard – will be a trans-formative “travel” experience for all ages blending education, enrichment, and entertainment opportunities for all who visit the zoo.
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Construction on Camp Cowabunga is underway! When completed, Camp Cowabunga will transport visitors into a rugged safari camp based on the safari experiences of Topeka Zoo Director Emeritus, Gary K. Clarke.

We broke ground on July 6, 2017 at 10:00am. Since then, the demolition crew has been busy preparing the area for construction. It already looks VERY different. The Genesis sculpture (lion) has been moved to be protected and will be placed back in the area when nearing completion. The Kopje rock that was once a great view of the lion yard is now gone and most of the area is almost unrecognizable. We’re excited to see what is next in the process! Follow us here for updates throughout.

Want to learn more about Camp Cowabunga or to help the project by donating? Click here

 
 Ground Breaking  Relocating Genesis
   
 Removing Kopje Rock (lion viewing) Demoing the area
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S.W. 10th between S.W. Gage and S.W. Fairlawn switched phases Friday, June 30, which allows for through traffic. The remainder of the project will be completed under traffic. The two-construction-season project is scheduled to be completed November 10. Work on the south side of the roadway between Civitan Lane and Gage Blvd. has begun. Access will be maintained into the Fleming Place Shopping Center from 10th Street. The budgeted cost for the entire project is $5.2 million. Funding sources include the Federal Fund Exchange (FFE), Water Utility Operating Funds, and Storm Water Utility Funds.

Now that 10th Street is open to through traffic, the SW 6th – Gage to Fairlawn project will start on Wednesday, July 5. Work will begin between Gage and the Chalet Apartments. Travel in that area will be for local residents only. Through traffic will not be allowed from Gage to Fairlawn. Access to Gage Park will be from 10th, SW Westchester, and the northwest corner of the park from 6th. Work this year will be from Gage to Yorkshire or Westchester. The remainder of the work to the west will be completed in 2018. The new roadway will include curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and a drainage system. It will also include a 10-foot wide multi-use path on the west side with a segment through Gage Park, and a five foot sidewalk on the north side. The project is funded by an extension of the Countywide Half Cent sales tax that took effect January 1, 2017.

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