Conservation Events

2017 Calendar of Conservation Events at the Topeka Zoo:

Thursday, June 12: Conservation Connection:  One of the country’s foremost experts on Black Footed Ferrets, Kimberly Frazer from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Black Footed Ferret breeding center in Colorado, will speak at the Topeka Zoo on the fascinating story of the Black Footed Ferret, how it was thought to be extinct, and its re-discovery.  She’ll also talk about the state of BFFs in the wild today, the challenges they face, and the amazing work being done to preserve the species for future generations. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Thursday, March 9: Conservation Connection:  Speaker: Robin Sawyer from TRAFFIC, an international wildlife trade monitoring network, working globally to monitor, report, and fight the illegal trade of wild animals and plants.  Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Saturday, April 22: Earth Day: Don’t miss out on the Topeka Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet! We will celebrate our Earth with booths from dozens of local conservation organizations, kids’ eco-friendly crafts, and a zoo-wide scavenger hunt led by our environmental after-school club.  Event runs from 9:00-3:00 (scavenger hunt available from 11:00-1:00).

Thursday, May 11: Conservation Connection:  Speaker: Margaret Smith from the Trumpeter Swan Society. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Saturday, June 3: World Ocean’s Day: Come to the Topeka Zoo to celebrate our world’s oceans by talking to conservationists, sampling sustainable seafood, creating crafts, and more. Event runs from 9:00-3:00.

Saturday, June 24: World Giraffe Day: The Topeka Zoo will be raising awareness of the world’s declining giraffe populations through keeper chats, giraffe enrichment, kids’ crafts, and more! Event runs from 9:00-3:00.

Thursday, July 13: Conservation Connection: Speaker: Rob Schultz from the International Wolf Center. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Saturday, July 29: World Tiger Day: Join the Topeka Zoo as we raise awareness of the world’s declining tiger populations through keeper chats, special treats for our tigers, kids’ crafts, and more. Event runs from 9:00-3:00.

Saturday, August 12: World Elephant Day: Our elephants, Tembo, Sunda, Cora and Shannon, would love it if you joined their keepers and them for some chats and enrichment as we raise awareness of the declining status of our world’s elephants and what we can do to help. Event runs from 9:00-3:00.

Saturday, August 19: World Orangutan Day: This day is focused all around raising awareness of orangutan decline through keeper chats, orangutan special treats, and kid-friendly activities to discuss ways people can use their purchasing power to protect wild orangutans. Event runs from 9:00-3:00.

Thursday, September 14: Conservation Connection: Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg from the North American Butterfly Association. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Thursday, November 9: Conservation Connection:  Speaker to be announced. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3: Santa for Conservation: Santa Claws is making his annual visit to the Topeka Zoo, so come and get your photo taken with him and a live animal of your choice! 100% of the proceeds from this event go toward local, national, and international conservation efforts. Event runs 10:00-3:00 each day and will be held in the Big Gage shelterhouse.

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