Celebrate Earth Day and say Farewell to Konza the Giraffe


Topeka, KS:  Visitors to the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center this Saturday can enjoy the zoo and celebrate Earth Day at its Party for the Planet. Guests will be able to participate in a number of different activities to learn how their actions affect the environment and strategies we can all use to make the planet a healthier place. Topeka Zoo Docents will also be out with their education stations sharing bio-facts and fun information relating to the Zoos residents.


This weekend also marks the last time that guests will be able to see the young male giraffe named Konza.


Early next week, Konza, the male giraffe calf born at the Zoo in the summer of 2018 will be moving on to his new home. “We knew when he was born that he wouldn’t be staying here long,” said Zoo Director Brendan Wiley. “When he became old enough, he was destined to move on to another zoo where eventually he will become the bull of his own giraffe herd.”


Konza was the Topeka Zoo’s first giraffe to be born live streamed on a web cam. On that beautiful summer day a number of people were at the zoo watching. Countless others were watching from other places in the community and around the world as Abby gave birth.


In more normal times, Konza most likely would have moved right about the time he turned two years old. COVID19 changed his original moving plans. While the delay was unfortunate for the zoo he is moving to, we have enjoyed the extra time we have had to spend with him.


If all goes well over the next few days, he will leave Topeka on Monday. In the next few weeks, the receiving zoo will make the announcement regarding his new home. If you have time this weekend, stop by and wish Konza well.