Conservation Events

2016 Calendar of Conservation Events at the Topeka Zoo:

Saturday, April 23rd: 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).

Friday, May 13th: Conservation Connection:  Dr. Julian Fennessay, Executive Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, will be discussing the state of the world’s giraffes, the challenges they face, and what we can do to help. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Saturday, June 4th: 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 4th: Conservation Connection: Ed Prohaska, Chief Financial Officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, will be visiting the Topeka Zoo to talk about sustainable seafood, ocean conservation, and what we can do to help protect our marine environments. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public. Learn more here.

Saturday, June 18th: 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 14th: Conservation Connection: The Founding Director of the Orangutan Outreach Group, Richard Zimmerman, will be at the zoo to present on the state of our world’s orangutans, the issues surrounding their population decline, and things we can do to help. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Saturday, July 30th: International 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 13th: World Elephant Day: Our elephants, Tembo and Sunda, would love it if you joined their keepers and them for some chats, enrichment, and elephant paintings 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 20th: 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 8th: Conservation Connection: Dr. Chip Taylor, Director of Operation Monarch Watch, will be at the zoo to discuss the status of North American monarch butterflies, their migration, struggles, and how we can help this beautiful pollinator species. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Thursday, November 10th: Conservation Connection:  Join Dr. Roger Boyd of the Baker Wetlands as he discusses our local wetland, its recent restoration, animals that live there, and ways we can enjoy and protect it. Event starts at 6:30 in the Gary Clarke Education Room and is free to the public.

Saturday, December 3rd, and Sunday, December 4th: 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 goes towards local, national, and international conservation efforts. Event runs 10:00-4:00 each day and will be held in the Big Gage shelter house.

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