ZOO BLOG

CONSERVATION IN ACTION

Education Winter Camp Cougar Experience

Conservation is in our name, Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center.  So, what is conservation and what does the Zoo do that made it important to us to include it in our name?  According to Merriam Dictionary, “Conservation is a careful preservation and protection of...

BLACK BEAR DEN

Val the Black bear peeking out of her den during the end of her torpor

Ever wondered where our black bears disappear to every winter? Indie sleeps in a den box that we built for her, we have never seen Indie do any kind of digging for her own outside den and wanted to make sure she can go into torpor so a group of volunteers made it for her. If you look closely out on the habitat thought...

TOPZOO VETERINARIAN

Tiger Jingga Exam

Being the solo Veterinarian at the Topeka Zoo means having knowledge in internal medicine, dermatology, neurology, obstetrics-gynecology, hematology, urology, allergies, diagnostic radiology, nutrition, pharmacology, parasitology, dentistry, anesthesiology, surgery and probably a few other medical...

Meet Val and Indie

Val and Indie on a tree branch

If you've ever visited the Topeka Zoo, you may have come across two beautiful black bears by the names of Val and Indie out in Hill’s Black Bear Woods. Although they are the same species of bear, when it comes to looks and personality, they cannot be any more different from one another. With a bit of time and inside knowledge, you too can differentiate the two...

Torpor

When thinking of bears and winter, we immediately think of hibernation. Contrary to popular belief, bears and many animals don't go into hibernation but torpor. Hibernation is when the animal lowers or ceases all body functions such as heart rate, body temp, and metabolism, making it so they...

Feeding the TopZoo animals

Feeding the animals at our Zoo is not a simple process.   We are going to go behind the scenes with Nathan Martin, Commissary Specialist and Dr. Shirley Llizo, Zoo Veterinarian and learn more about them and the work they do to keep our animals healthy and fed.  But first some background information...

Topeka Zoo and RAINFOREST

Bird in-between plants inside of rainforest dome at the Topeka Zoo
Rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystems, with some surviving in their present form for at least 70 million years. They are incredibly diverse and complex, home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species—even though they cover just 6% of Earth’s...

SANTA'S AT THE ZOO

Santa Claus
We've made a few calls and pulled some strings and can confirm that the Big Red Man himself is currently packing his bags and getting ready to make his way down to the Zoo! Starting tonight until December 24th Santa Claus will be here at the Topeka Zoo and...

Thank you to Our Elves

As we are a week out- we thought we would share with you what our amazing elves received, a glimpse at the amazing work they have done. Each elf has been as busy as a bee with their tasks, providing support, time, skills a lot of hard work...

Zoo Lights Regulations

With the Shawnee County Health Department implemented a new Health Order today, we have gotten a lot of questions about whether or not this will affect the 33 day Zoo Lights event. Because we knew the impact of COVID-19 could increase as we headed towards the end of the year, we began planning for that months ago.  Here are some...

COOKIES WITH MRS CLAUS

 

With everyone working so hard around the Zoo preparing for Zoo Lights, we decided to take a break and enjoy a nice relaxing morning with very special company. For 12 days in December, we will be hosting Cookies with Mrs. Claus...

It Takes a Village

KBS logo and village plans for buildings in Zoo Lights event

The Holiday Village is full of merry makers! Our village is home to five buildings, with smells of Bavarian nuts, Ho ho hos, merry music and jolly good times. You will find snacks, sweets and fun treats in the pantry of the Church. The Holiday Shop sponsored by the Emerson Family will be...

Explosion of Events

Topeka Zoo wrapped in christmas lights, illuminating walkways at night for Zoo Lights holiday event

Staff and Volunteers here at the Topeka Zoo have been hard at work putting everything together for multiple events! If you happened to have walked around the Zoo these last few weeks...

TOPWinter

Topeka Zoo Lights at night, Jellyfish light display hanging from trees

Topeka is working on becoming a destination for people, us here at the Zoo want to be part of that experience and show what the city of Topeka has to offer! Holidays in Topeka are grand and merry with...

Lights Displays

Zoo Lights cut out gingerbread men light display for event at Topeka Zoo

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Zoo lights Safety

While you and your family can experience the zoo during the day, Zoo Lights gives you the opportunity to experience a magical moment when it is dark out. There is something about seeing burst of colored of lights creating scenes of surprise! As we are wrapping lights now...

OUR TEAM OF ELVES!

Topeka is full of giving people, people full of talent and skills with huge hearts and a love for the holidays! The joy that lights up in their eyes at the mention of bursts of lights, oversized candy, festive music, dancing...

INAUGURAL ZOO LIGHTS

Inaugural Zoo Lights

Several of us at the zoo have a passion for the holiday season. It is a magical and uplifting time of year to spend with our families and animal friends. Zoo Lights is a holiday phenomenon that has been in communities across the country for decades...