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Our Mission is to enrich our community through wildlife conservation and education.

We are committed to ensuring everyone feels welcome and valued by striving to create an environment that is as diverse as the wild spaces we are trying to protect.


Click to view our Strategic Plan and DEAI Initiatives.

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Topeka Zoo Main Office: 785-368-9180
Facility Rentals: 785-783-4264
635 SW Gage Blvd. | Topeka, KS 66606
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Executive Leadership

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley Headshot

Brendan Wiley
Zoo Director & CEO

Director of Operations Fawn Moser Headshot

Fawn Moser
Director of Operations

Director of Conservation Dennis Dinwiddie Headshotand Education

Dennis Dinwiddie
Director of Conservation and Education

Director of Animal Health Shirley Llizo Headshot

Dr. Shirley LLizo, VMD
Director of Animal Health

Cynthia McCalver

Cynthia McCarvel
Director of Development

Laura Hartley, CPA, CFE

Laura Hartley, CPA, CFE
Director of Finance

Team Leaders

Animal Curator Shanna Simpson Headshot

Shanna Simpson
Animal Curator

Animal Curator Wrylie Guffey Headshot

Wrylie Guffey
Animal Curator & Elephant Manager


Rick Knight
Horticulture and Grounds Manager

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Hunter Mangel
Education Program and Ambassador Animal Manager

Kay Reece

Kay Reece
Finance and Benefits Manager

Taylor Miller

Taylor Miller
Private Events Supervisor

Adam Jenks(1)

Adam Jenks
Zoo Lights Manager

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Brea Schmidt
Guest Engagement Supervisor

Jessica - Copy (2)

Jess Molitor
Guest Engagement Supervisor

Dana George, Guest Engagement Supervisor

Dana George
Guest Engagement Supervisor

Joe Maloney, Animal Care Supervisor

Joe Maloney
Animal Care Supervisor

Jason Wills, Maintenance Supervisor

Jason Wills
Maintenance Supervisor

Board of Directors

Fred Patton, President
Tim Resner, Vice President
Shane Beavers, Treasurer
Jen LeClair, Secretary
Dina Cox, Exec Committee
Kelly Kelsey, Exec Committee
Pat Colley, Exec Committee

Dan Chavez
Leland Spencer
Andrea Kaberline
Russ Klumpp
Drew Switzer
Braxton Copley
Rachelle Mathews
Spencer Duncan