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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

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

Director of Administration Jared Bednar Headshot

Jared Bednar
Director of Administration
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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

Senior Horticuluralist Rick Knight Headshot

Rick Knight
Horticulture and Grounds Manager

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Hunter Mangel
Education Program Manager

Kay Reece

Kay Reece
Finance and HR Manager

Board of Directors

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

Jenny Morgison
Leland Spencer
Andrea Kaberline
Steve Briman
Russ Klumpp
Braxton Copley
Rachelle Mathews
Spencer Duncan